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She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask "Auntie, are you going to move?" all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, "No."

An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history

Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.

Rosa is a 2006 Caldecott Honor Book and the winner of the 2006 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

ISBN-13: 9780805071061

Media Type: Hardcover(First Edition)

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Publication Date: 10-01-2005

Pages: 40

Product Dimensions: 8.79(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.40(d)

Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

Nikki Giovanni is the author of Lincoln and Douglass,Spin a Soft Black Song, The Sun Is So Quiet, and the Caldecott Honor Book Rosa. Her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of Uptown, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Books Martin’s Big Words (Doreen Rappaport) and Rosa.

Reading Group Guide

Discussion Questions
• In his illustrator's note, Bryan Collier says that he painted with a yellow hue in ROSA, to reflect the heat of Montgomery, AL and the "uneasy quiet before the storm" (page 2). Do you notice this throughout the book? Where do you see it, or feel it, the most? Are there other symbols in the art? What do you think they mean?
• On the end papers of the book, a bus rider is reading a newspaper article on Emmet Till. On page 4 Raymond Parks is reading a paper with an article that mentions King – perhaps this is Dr.
Martin Luther King. Where else do you see reference to the men and women who were part of the struggle for Civil Rights in this country? How do these people relate to each other?
• In discussion of this book the author, Nikki Giovanni, has said that the bus driver, James Blake,
was a man of time, while Rosa Parks was a woman outside of her time. What does this mean?
• Rosa Parks did not plan to stage a protest on the bus that day. "She had not sought this moment, but she was ready for it." (page 18) How do you think that Rosa Parks became ready for that moment?
• The struggle for civil and human rights continues in this country and around the world today.
What examples can you think of? What are the issues involved? Are there any recent examples of

a person, like Rosa Parks, whose "no becomes a YES for change"? (page 34)