Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo S. Kittinger is a wonderful story with beautiful illustrations. The story tells the tale of the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat for a white man. The story follows the bus from its creation at General Motors in 1948, through the Civil Rights Movement, including the bus boycott in Alabama, and concluding with the bus’s retirement and return to Michigan to be a part of the Henry Ford Museum.
Readers are provided with information on “how things were” and the reality of Jim Crow laws in America in the 1950s. This story tells how one woman’s refusal to move jumpstarted a movement that would sweep the nation and change how African Americans were treated. An author’s note at the end of the book tells readers about others who came before Rosa Parks and were arrested, beaten, or killed for their wish to be treated as equals.
The illustrations by Steven Walker, done in oils, are wonderful and accurately capture the tone of the book.
I highly recommend this book to any elementary, middle, and even high school classes studying Civil Rights.