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The A Girl Named series tells the stories of how ordinary American girls grew up to be extraordinary American women. Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in 1955, but how did she come to be so brave? A Girl Named Rosa describes the defining moments that made up her childhood and adolescence with full-color illustrations throughout. In addition to stories and facts about Rosa's upbringing and accomplishments, the book includes a timeline and a glossary, plus a profile of a noteworthy and contemporary American girl following in Rosa's monumental footsteps to stand up for equal rights, even in the face of adversity.


Author Notes

Denise Lewis Patrick wrote and illustrated her first book when she was ten. Today, Denise has published more than 35 picture books, biographies, and historical novels for young readers.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Focusing primarily on the early life of Rosa Parks, this biography for early readers is rooted in the larger context of the United States in which she was raised. Using incidents of racial violence and segregation from Parks's childhood, readers are given the opportunity to understand how she channeled her experiences of those events into brave acts as an adult. The climactic bus boycott is built up to with details concerning Parks's involvement in the NAACP and her upbringing with her family. Her arrest and the subsequent boycott take up the majority of the text with her later years mentioned only briefly. There is one especially problematic line in the text which states: "As Rosa grew older, she worked hard to keep racism from making her act out in anger again." Though it is explained in the text, the line will still likely confuse younger readers. VERDICT Many biographies of Parks exist, including an autobiography (Parks and Jim Haskins's I Am Rosa Parks). However, the appealing illustrations and firm language make this a serviceable introduction to Parks and the civil rights movement.-John Scott, Friends School of Baltimore © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Chapter 1 A Place Called Pine Levelp. 7
Chapter 2 Lessons in Being Bravep. 13
Chapter 3 Leaving Home to Learnp. 18
Chapter 4 Black and Whitep. 25
Chapter 5 Getting Involvedp. 29
Chapter 6 A Serious Choicep. 34
Glossaryp. 42
Timelinep. 43
A Girl Named Marleyp. 47