Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rosa by N. Giovanni

Giovanni, N. (2005). Rosa. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC. 29pp. (Grade Level: 3rd-7th)
            Rosa is a biography about Rosa Parks in narrative form. It starts the morning before her infamous refusal to switch seats and her arrest, and ends with the people of Montgomery walking in non-violent protest for almost a year until the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was wrong.
            The illustrations by Bryan Collier help make this book come alive to readers. They are collages of drawn pictures, pieces of same-colored paper, patterns, and of photographs of real things. They make the pictures more interesting to readers, causing them to slow down a little when they read and to really soak in the message. This would be a good book to use in the classroom when talking about the segregation laws, Rosa Parks, and even change and how to make change when the way things are is wrong. 

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