Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Story of Rosa Parks and The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Story of Rosa Parks

This little book of only about 200 words introduces Rosa Parks, called the “mother of the civil rights movement.” Here is the story of her courageous decision to remain on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, an action that resulted in arrest and, ultimately, a victory for civil rights. The rich oil paintings by artist Steven Walker contribute to the tension of the moment and the understanding of Rosa Parks. A perfect way for the family to honor Black History Month.

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.

This little book tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that even very young children will understand. This simple but accurate account of his life begins with King’s childhood, making it easy for little ones to relate to his story. Children will learn that he excelled in school, became a minister, and worked to end segregation in America. This book, with only about 200 words accompanied by delicate watercolors, is a great way for parents to begin to teach their children about this inspirational historical figure.

My thoughts: With MLK day being observed across the Nation, I think that this board book is a great way to show kids why we observe it. I enjoy reading both of these board books to my children and talking about how important it is to respond to adversity like they did. They didn't lash out, but they also didn't just roll over. These books are both an excellent introduction to important people in American history.
I received this set of books from First Look in exchange for my honest review.

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