The Sun Is So Quiet ) and Collier (Uptown ) offer a moving interpretation of Rosa Parks's momentous refusal to gi"/>
 

Rosa

Nikki Giovanni, Author, Bryan Collier, Illustrator
Nikki Giovanni, Author, Bryan Collier, Illustrator , illus. by Bryan Collier. Holt $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8050-7106-1
Reviewed on: 08/29/2005
Release date: 10/01/2005
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-0-312-37602-4
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Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-4668-1181-2
Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-4299-3967-6
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Giovanni (The Sun Is So Quiet ) and Collier (Uptown ) offer a moving interpretation of Rosa Parks's momentous refusal to give up her bus seat. The author brings her heroine very much to life as she convincingly imagines Parks's thoughts and words while she rode the bus on December 1, 1955 ("She was not frightened. She was not going to give in to that which was wrong"), pointing out that Mrs. Parks was in the neutral section of the bus and (as some fellow riders observe) "She had a right to be there." The author and poet lyrically rephrases what the heroine herself has frequently said, "She had not sought this moment, but she was ready for it." After Mrs. Parks's arrest, the narrative's focus shifts to the 25 members of the Women's Political Council, who met secretly to stage the bus boycott. Inventively juxtaposing textures, patterns, geometric shapes and angles, Collier's watercolor and collage art presents a fitting graphic accompaniment to the poetic text. After viewing an image of Martin Luther King, Jr., encouraging a crowd to walk rather than ride the buses, readers open a dramatic double-page foldout of the Montgomery masses walking for nearly a year before the Supreme Court finally ruled that segregation on buses was illegal. A fresh take on a remarkable historic event and on Mrs. Parks's extraordinary integrity and resolve. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)

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