Book Review Wednesday: Rosa

Book Title:  Rosa                                       

Author:  Nikki Giovanni

Illustrator:  Bryan Collier

Publisher:  Square Fish; Reprint edition (December 26, 2007)

  • ISBN-10: 0312376022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312376024

Pages:   40

Age:  4-8

Awards:  Caldecott Honor Book;  Child Magazine's Best Children's Book of the Year, Oct. 2005; Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration

Why Did I Choose It?  This book has been sitting on my shelf since purchasing it and getting it autographed at the SCBWI conference back in February of 2006!  Well - it hasn't just sat there- it has been read on quite a few occasions. I am often drawn to the illustrations and the tremendously well-written telling of the amazing Rosa Parks story....so I wanted to be sure you (and your child) haven't missed it!

A Bit From The Inside Cover:  Rosa Parks is one of the most famous figures in American history.  On December 1, 1955, she got on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus after work and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that sparked a revolution.  Suddenly, Mrs. Parks became the center of one of the most important events in the battle for civil rights.  This is the story of that event, and of a woman whose quiet determination changed our history.

My Review:  My daughter was an avid fan of books about Black American History and the Civil Rights Movement.  We read a lot of books about Rosa Parks and this was and is by far my favorite.  The combination of Ms. Giovanni's writing style and Brian Collier's illustrations bring Rosa's story to life in a powerful, personal way. It is a picture book, so obviously there's not going to be a lot of detailed information here - but it's an outstanding starting block for pulling a child into an important person's personal life and the emotion of the event.  It's a Living Book that will deepen the desire of a young child to want to learn more about this great lady and the time period she was such an important part of.  This book is an absolute must read!

Other Books By The Author: Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship;   The Sun is So Quiet;   The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited;  Numerous Poetry books - check them all out on Amazon!