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The Bus Ride

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A black child protests an unjust law in this story loosely based on Rosa Parks' historic decision not to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Lee & Low Books
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Brenda  Roman
Sara, an African American little girl, did not understand why her and her mother had to ride in the back of the bus. So one day she sat in the front of the bus (to see what was so special), and the bus driver questioned her being there. After she would not get up, a policeman carried her out and brought her to the police station. She made a big statement as she was in the newspapers showing how she took a stand. Sara ended up changing the law as other African Americans stopped riding the buses s ...more
Tory Haberman
The Bus Ride by William Robert Miller is about Sara, an African American little girl, who did not understand why her and her mother had to ride in the back of the bus. So one day, she sat in the front of the bus (to see what was so special about it), and the bus driver questioned her for being there. After she would not move to the back of the bus, a policeman had to come and carry her off, taking her to the police station. However, Sara was able to make a big statement as she was in the newspap ...more
Deena Lernor
Sara a little girl rides in the back of the bus with her mother on her way to school. Once day her mother got off the bus to go to work and Sara was interested in why the front of the bus was so special. She wandered up front, and when asked to return to her seat in the back of the bus Sara asked why. The policeman came on the bus and carried her off because she was not compliant with the laws. While in the police station, Sara had her picture taken for the paper. Sara’s mother walked her home a ...more
Abigail Surmay
The Bus Ride is a great example of a children's book showing social issues.
The social issue that takes place is racism.
We meet a little African American girl named Sarah. Her and her mother ride the bus every weekday morning. Because of their race they had to sit in the back, apart from the white people. But like a little girl would, one day Sarah got curious. What was so great about the front of the bus? Sarah couldn't figure out what was so different, in fact nothing was, so she sat down rig
Alexis Adelman
The Bus Ride is a childrens version of what happened to Rosa Parks. It is about a young girl who is black and decides one day she wants to sit at the front of the bus. So she does. She goes and sits up at the front of the bus and gets in trouble. The whites got mad and the cops came and picked Sara up. They brought her to the police station all the while people were taking pictures and telling her what to do. The whites told her not to get up and move and said nasty things while the blacks told ...more
Samantha Friedman
By looking at the vertical orientation of the book the "The Bus Ride" I am guessing by the cover is it all about a girl and a bus. I love how the book is inspired by the legacy of Rosa Parks and has a little introduction by her. Before I ever start reading the book I notice that the text is set in Goudy and the illustrations are rendered in acrylic paint on canvas. The color and detail of the people in the illustrations is outstanding. You can really get a feeling for the people on the bus, they ...more
This is a work of historical fiction about an African American child who unintentionally protests being asked to sit in the back of the bus. I say "unintentionally" out of lack of a better word… she is aware that she and all other black passengers have to sit in the back section of the bus and out of curiosity investigates the front portion. When she sees there is nothing special she questions why it matters where people sit and what makes her less than worthy of sitting there too? The forward o ...more
“The Bus Ride” by Willian Miller, illustrated by John Ward. It is a great story about a young African-American girl’s curiosity for why sitting in the front of a city bus was so special. She got in trouble because she sat in the front of the bus and refused to sit in the back. To her, it didn’t make sense what the big deal was and why it was a law. This incident made her go to police station, media attention, and enough support from the community that things started to change. People that suppor ...more
Jordan Santoro
William Miller's, "The Bus Ride" is very similar to the famous story about Rosa Parks. As a matter of fact, the book actually includes an introductory note from Rosa Parks right after the bright orange end pages. The note addresses discrimination, a brief overview of her story, and her advice to stand up for what is right. The story follows a young African American girl named Sara who gets in trouble for sitting at the front of the bus instead of the back, where "her people" belong. Sara takes a ...more
Ashley Cousin
To start off I think this book is a great picture book to start off with when teaching kids about Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights movement, etc. The text is engaging and interesting and the pictures show what is happening in the text, giving a visual. You wouldn't necessarily need the pictures for the text but you would need the text for the pictures. The illustrations are done in acrylic paint on canvas and posses realistic qualities. The illustrations seem to be magnified, in the way that every p ...more
Lynette Wells
This story was very similar to the Rosa Parks story. i like this story better because it is like the childrens versions of the whole situation. I also like the little girls innocents. she didn't understand what the big deal was about the front of the bus. This story can make children understand that they can stick up for what they believe in. I also liked how the illustrator was very detailed in making the characters faces look real. I also liked how the illustrator used different textures for t ...more
This book puts a twist on the story of Rosa Parks. Instead of Rosa Parks it is a young girl that will not give up her seat on the bus. Although this book does not give factual information it is good because it tells Rosa Parks' story in a new way. This is a good book for teachers to have to go along with Rosa Parks but not the only book to use.
Civil Rights; segregration; insipiring; African American history; civil rights activist; multiple perspective
Would make a good companion piece when reading/studying about Rosa Parks or Claudette Colvin.
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