Monday, February 22, 2016

Ordinary People Change the World: I AM ROSA PARKS by Brad Meltzer / Book Review #OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld

Ordinary People Change The World is a fantastic series for kids. Let me rephrase that, it's great for adults as well. I've enjoyed reading these books along side my children. I'm thrilled to have the chance to spotlight the entire series though out the month of February, here on Mundie Kids. Check out my reviews for other books in the  Ordinary People Change The World series, here. This is such a great series to pick up! You can't go wrong with reading any of these books. Today I'm thrilled to share my review for I AM ROSA PARKS. What an inspirational women to read about.

By: Brad Meltzer
Illustrated by: Christopher Eliopoulos
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers
Released on: June 17th, 2014 
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Rating: 5 Owlets - I Loved It
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

"We can all be heroes" is the message entertainingly told in this picture-book biography series from #1 New York TimesBestselling author Brad Meltzer.

“Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country’s Civil Rights Movement.

This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.

"Always stand up for yourself."

At a young age Rosa Parks was taught to not only respect others, but also respect herself. Respecting one's self is empowering. It is something that helped Rosa in standing her ground, and standing up for herself when she wasn't being treated fairly or with respect. It proved vital in her powerful stance for change during a time of segregation in our country. She is an example of how one person can make a huge impact in a world that is afraid of change. She peacefully stood up for herself, and the fair treatment of others. Her refusal to give up her seat sparked a movement, and changed the rules of segregation in her town. Though change didn't happen right away, it did happen. 

Rosa Parks is proof of how one person can inspire others, and bring about change. She's proof that no matter what, always stand up for yourself, and what you believe in. No matter how many times Rosa Parks was told no, or treated unfairly, she never let that get her down. She stood unmovable. She stood strong for what's right. I have always admired the courage and bravery that Rosa Parks had. Not just to defy the law, and what society at the time deemed acceptable (which it wasn't), she stood for what Thomas Jefferson long ago wrote, that we're all created equal.

"The only tired I was, was tired of giving in." - Rosa Parks

Rose Parks is an incredible example of how an ordinary person can do extraordinary things.  Like every book in this fabulous series, at the end of the story is a quote, along with pictures, and facts about this incredible person! This is another fantastic book to pick up and add to your personal, classroom or public library.

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