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.
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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Gr 2-5-Rosa Parks was a powerful figure in the Civil Rights Movement, and her legacy lives on in this beautiful picture book by Nikki Giovanni (Holt, 2005). The crisp text is read by the author with warmth and clarity. Bryan Collier's collage illustrations are scanned iconographically, as well as a few of his illustrations from Doreen Rappaport's Martin's Big Words (Jump at the Sun, 2001; Weston Woods) and some archival photographs. This film brings history to life, adding homey details that personalize Parks and add immediacy to her story. Rich background music completes the presentation. This extraordinary book receives excellent treatment here, bringing Giovanni's clear and expressive prose to life and allowing young viewers to wrap themselves in the warmth of her story. Teachers will welcome this Caldecott Honor Book and 2008 ALSC Notable Video not just for Black History Month and Martin Luther King Day, but all year.--Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Paired very effectively with Giovanni's passionate, direct words, Collier's large watercolor-and-collage illustrations depict Parks as an inspiring force that radiates golden light." --Booklist, Starred Review "Purposeful in its telling, this is a handsome and thought-provoking introduction to these watershed acts of civil disobedience." --School Library Journal "Giovanni and Collier offer a moving interpretation of Rosa Park's momentous refusal to give up her bus seat. The author brings her heroine very much to life...a fresh take on a remarkable historic event." --Publishers Weekly "An essential volume for classrooms and libraries." --Kirkus Reviews