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Rosas buss by Fabrizio Silei
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Feb 19, 12

bookshelves: children-s, picture-books, historical-fiction
Read on February 19, 2012

This children's book was another gift from a publisher, and one I most appreciated at that.

This is the story of a grandfather who takes his grandson to see an old bus at the museum. As it turns out, it's not just any bus, but the very bus in which Rosa Parks changed US history.

It's a book that takes children very seriously, and I take my hat off for it for that. It straightforwardly tells of racial segregation in America, and even includes an honest accont of a black man's midnight encounter with the Ku Klux Klan.
I often wonder, how do you tell children about these awful things happening, and that they are still happening some places? How do you break their bubble that the world is not a safe and happy place?
This book does a very good job of it; it just tells it like it is, and earns respect for it. Kids can handle it.
It's also a story of fear, and of standing up, open and honest.

The book is also beautifully illustrated, taking us smoothly from past to present.

Highly recommended, and an important book.
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