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Rosa Parks: My Story

Press:Penguin USA Dial Books; 1st edition (February 4, 1992)
Publication Date:1992-2
ISBN:9780803706736
Author Name:Parks, Rosa/ Haskins, James
Pages:192
Language:English

Content

"Even those familiar with her name will realize on reading this engrossing account how little they really know of Parks's life and the events that surrounded the dawning Civil Rights movement. 
Setting her historic refusal to give up her seat on a bus in the context of a life that began in 1913 in rural Alabama dramatizes the fact that her action came at a time and place that gave it the force to challenge the rigors of a lopsided system of justice.
Few will be unmoved by the tactics employed by whites to disrupt the subsequent boycott; at the center, always, is Parks's dignified, calm recounting of outrages against her and other women and men, giving her words weight and impact as no raw fury could.
Like sitting at the knee of an elder with much to tell, reading her story leads to ever more questions ('What was it really like then?') and shock that such injustices not only existed in the recent past but still linger." - Kirkus Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-- This well-known story is considerably refreshed by Parks's personal narrative, punctuated by numerous black-and-white photographs. 
In simple, gracious, compelling language she describes her childhood, family life, and elusive educational opportunities.
She explains how her husband encouraged and supported her participation in civil rights activities, and provides with clarity the generally paltry regard for the contributions of black women by the movement's organizers.
In this recounting of her life, she corrects some media-created distortions of events.
Her references to so many people may overwhelm some readers at times, but this does not diminish the overall impact of a wonderful, warm autobiography.- Helen E.
Williams, formerly at University of Maryland, College ParkCopyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Even those familiar with her name will realize on reading this engrossing account how little they really know of Parks's life and the events that surrounded the dawning Civil Rights movement. 
Setting her historic refusal to give up her seat on a bus in the context of a life that began in 1913 in rural Alabama dramatizes the fact that her action came at a time and place that gave it the force to challenge the rigors of a lopsided system of justice.
Few will be unmoved by the tactics employed by whites to disrupt the subsequent boycott; at the center, always, is Parks's dignified, calm recounting of outrages against her and other women and men, giving her words weight and impact as no raw fury could.
Like sitting at the knee of an elder with much to tell, reading her story leads to ever more questions (``What was it really like then?'') and shock that such injustices not only existed in the recent past but still linger.
B&w photos, chronology, & index not seen.
(Autobiography.
10+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

Review

"Few will be unmoved by the tactics employed by whites to disrupt the subsequent boycott; at the center, always, is Parks's dignified, calm recounting of outrages against her and other women and men, giving her words weight and impact as no raw fury could."--Kirkus Reviews "The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice make these compelling events even more moving and dramatic. 
Some readers will be stunned by Parks's firsthand accounts of violence against blacks; all will be deeply impressed by her boundless energy and courage."--Publisher's Weekly"In this recounting of her life, she corrects some media-created distortions of events.
Her references to so many people may overwhelm some readers at times, but this does not diminish the overall impact of a wonderful, warm autobiography."--School Library Journal

About the Author

Rosa Parks also worked with Jim Haskins to write Rosa Parks: My Story (Dial and Puffin), an award-winning book for older readers. 
Mrs.
Parks was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in June 1999.
She lives in Detroit, Michigan.

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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     My daughter used it for a project, she told me it was very complete

  •     Great book! Nice to have an autobiographical version of Rosa Parks' life.

  •     The was a good read for my daughter. We enjoyed reading about history

  •     Perfect!!!

  •     looks perfect for a child to read

  •     Great perspective! I didn't realize how involved Rosa was in the civil rights movement prior to the bus incident. Recommend for middle schoolers

  •     I really enjoyed this book, as Rosa Parks herself was involved in its writing. I'm from the French West Indian island of Guadeloupe, so I wasn't taught the history of Mrs. Parks as a youngster, and my knowledge of the history of African Americans derived mostly from reading books about the subject. I found this book really easy to read plus it allowed me to gain accurate and deep understanding of what African Americans had to go through in Montgomery at the time, the difficulties Mrs. Parks had to face and the risks she was willing to take to fight against segregation. One thing I really appreciated is that she doesn't try to oppose Black Americans to White Americans, she bore no grudge against white America despite all she had to go through. That really made her special to me. It's up to mankind to put an end to war, suffering, abuse, discrimination... against mankind.

  •     Love it

  •     Good

  •     Glad to read her story told in her own words

  •     Great!

  •     I bought several books for an orphanage in Ethiopia - the kids speak 3 languages, including English and are ravenous readers. They loved this book and all the others I sent!

  •     I enjoyed reading about this important part of the African-American history. It was compelling to say the least!! Will keep it in my library for future generations to enjoy as well.

  •     I lived in the era of Civil Rights and I think this is quite an accurate portrayal.

  •     Well written. Such a poignant story! I appreciated the punctuation in all in the right places throughout. A quick read but the story swims in your head. Excellent.

  •     I had never known how much Ms. Parks was an activist in the Civil Rights movement and not merely a victim of the times. I have grown to respect her even more after reading this!

  •     I have visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis back in 05. I always remember the Rosa Parks display with the bus. I absolutely love this book. It opened my eyes to more than the bus protest, the book through Rosa Parks eyes explains all the problems they endured all through the 1900's. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning through this book and definitely recommend it to read.

  •     A fascinating autobiography of an American civil rights hero This is an absorbing, firsthand account of the well-known ‘mother of the civil rights movement’ and teaches us...

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