The thing that really gets me about Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser and illustrated by Marta Antelo is the fact that the story of her life and her accomplishments is told primarily in pictures. While I realize most children are quite visual, I don’t understand why this book, as opposed to the one on Stephen Hawking, was so much less straightforward about its text. I genuinely felt, while reading it, that if I did not already have background knowledge regarding who Rosa Parks was and what she did, I would have left this book without really knowing much about it at all. And maybe I’m expecting too much from a children’s book but, for me, I had imagined that there would be more to it than there was.
The book has a lot of adorable illustrations that definitely do a marvelous job of telling the story, though it does require that whichever parent is reading this to their child to take the time to explain a little bit more about Rosa Parks and what was going on for them to fully understand. I think, perhaps, it is a decent introduction to this amazing woman and her story, but it doesn’t really give enough information for me to love it. I wanted there to be more, I wanted the story to discuss in extra depth the time period and why what Rosa Parks did was so life changing for a great many people.
I think this was a good start, but it definitely wasn’t enough as far as I’m concerned.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.