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Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation
Contributor(s): Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Author), Pinkney, Brian (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0060821183     ISBN-13: 9780060821180
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2008

Annotation: The acclaimed husband-and-wife team focuses on the human elements of the Montgomery bus boycott following the 1955 arrest of Rosa Parks: the struggle to keep walking as the seasons changed, the crowded city streets, and the gathering numbers of the determined boycotters.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical - United States - 20th Century
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2006038273
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: PreK-3
Lexile Measure: 560(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.42" H x 9.7" W x 11.86" (1.07 lbs) 40 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Chronological Period - 1950's
- Geographic Orientation - Alabama
- Locality - Montgomery, Alabama
- Cultural Region - South
- Topical - Black History
- Cultural Region - Southeast U.S.
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Review Citations: Kirkus Review - Children 10/01/2008 pg. 1074
School Library Journal 10/01/2008 pg. 118
Booklist 10/15/2008 pg. 40
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2008
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2009 pg. 37 - Superior,Well Above Average
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 126990
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:

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. Color and movement are vibrant components in this extraordinary book about Rosa Parks's efforts to take down Jim Crow. (School Library Journal starred review)

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. . . .

This story begins with shoes.
This story is all for true.
This story walks. And walks. And walks.
To the blues.

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. (Booklist starred review)

Contributor Bio(s): Pinkney, Andrea Davis: -

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed picture books and young adult novels. She received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award for Let It Shine. Her collaborations with her husband, Brian Pinkney, include Peggony-Po; Sleeping Cutie; Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa; Dear Benjamin Banneker; and the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. She is a children's book editor at a major publishing company. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Pinkney, Brian: -

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, The Faithful Friend, by Robert D. San Souci, and Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Mr. Pinkney's own books include Hush, Little Baby; Cosmo and the Robot; Max Found Two Sticks; JoJo's Flying Side Kick; and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the 1997 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Brian Pinkney has received the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. He lives with his wife, Andrea, and their children in Brooklyn, New York.

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