When we hear the name Rosa Parks, we often think of the classy, reserved… silent-strength type of lady that we’ve seen in old photographs. But Brad Meltzer, author of many adult titles, has turned his talent to children’s books and given the reader a new perspective on Mrs. Parks. In I AM ROSA PARKS, we see Rosa as a child: a girl, small for her age, who is full of spunk and determination. In comic book style, we learn about her family and upbringing. We hear stories of what it was like to grow up in the segregated south. We discover where Rosa’s strength originated. And we experience all of this as Rosa tells her story, in first person, as a child. Yes, in this biography, we see the world through little Rosa’s eyes. This makes the story so fun and relatable! For purists, I must disclose that some of the story has been expanded to create a greater depth of character. But Rosa’s spirit shines in this book, and I challenge anyone to find a more entertaining perspective on this great, and yet ordinary hero who changed the world. Recommended for kids ages 3-8.
For the older set, I highly recommend WHO WAS ROSA PARKS, a book in the WHO IS?/WHO WAS? biography series, written by Yona Zeldis McDonough. Recommended for ages 8-12. Great for the classroom as well!