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Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

This story begins with shoes.

This story is all for true.

This story walks. And walks. And walks.

To the blues.

Rosa Parks took a stand by keeping her seat on the bus. When she was arrested for it, her supporters protested by refusing to ride. Soon a community of thousands was coming together to help one another get where they needed to go. Some started taxis, some rode bikes, but they all walked and walked. With dogged feet. With dog-tired feet. With boycott feet. With boycott blues. And, after 382 days of walking, they walked Jim Crow right out of town. . . .

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney present a poignant, blues-infused tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice.

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"With glowing, dramatic double-page spreads and a clear rhythmic text, this large picture book tells the inspiring story of the Montgomery bus boycott. An adult who was there tells a child today how it was in language that has the beat of the blues—weary, sharp, and sweet. Dog tired, that’s me, says the narrator, who appears in most of the pictures as a dog strumming a guitar. Beginning with Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, the story moves on through history to Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring speech calling for a boycott and the many people who join the movement and refuse to ride the buses.

"This is one of the few Rosa Parks stories to show how long it took to defeat Jim Crow, how exhausting it was for the nonviolent protestors to walk through rain and steaming heat for more than a year, and how determined they were. Jim Crow becomes a metaphorical bird that struts and pecks, though the statement that Jim Crow flew in in 1955 may confuse readers: as the final note shows, segregation was established long before that date. The moving poetry and the art, with thick, swirling ink lines on bright washes in red, blue, purple, and green, express the dramatic confrontations and the inspiring history. Great for reading aloud, especially to the strumming of a guitar." -- Booklist Starred Review

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator Brian Pinkney
ISBN 0060821183
Publication Date Sep 30, 2008
Publisher Greenwillow Books
Language English