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review 2016-10-03 23:41
Rosa - Nikki Giovanni,Bryan Collier

This was a very interesting book. It kept my attention with the details and the vocabulary was very appropriate for students. It is a great source for the story about Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. This book paints a picture of how Rosa's Park's day went from a normal December afternoon, to a monumental day! It tells more than a history book as it dives into Rosa's thoughts and how her close friends reacted to her arrest. This would be a great source for a unit on the Civil Rights Movement. I would read this book in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. 

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review 2016-01-26 13:30
Biography/ Activity
I Am Rosa Parks - Rosa Parks,James Haskins,Wil Clay

I chose Rosa Parks because Charlea looks to her as a great historical figure (as do I) and she reads about her all the time. I would allow the students to choose an important historical figure of their liking and then read the biography and we can make an activity, such as dressing up like your historical figure and telling the class about their important role in history. All-in-all, we are able to incorporate history into our reading and learn something about each students' person's role in history, all the while making it fun by dressing up and telling our stories! I have attached a picture of my Charlea dressed up as Rosa! Target age range would be 4th grade!

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review 2015-09-05 00:00
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League - Jonathan Odell 3.5 Stars

Oh I do love a novel set in the deep south and Miss Hazel and the Rosie Parks league didn't disappoint as its a story that shows how how the power and determination of one woman can inspire and transform the lives of a town.
Set in the Delta town of Delphi, Mississippi two different but truly memorable women one white and one black form an unlikely frindship and give us an insight into the roots of the civil rights movement in the south.

The characters in this novel are beautifully drawn and the reader forms an immediate bond with Hazel and Vida. The writing is vivid and I found myself drawn in by the rich dialogue and the wonderful sense of time and place
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review 2015-06-14 20:14
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League - Jonathan Odell

Hazel grew up one of many children in a rural southern town, but she was determined to get more out of life and found a job in a pharmacy.  One customer, Floyd, swept Hazel off her feet with his ideas for business and outlook on life.  Soon, Hazel and Floyd are married and settled in Delphi, Mississippi where Floyd sells vehicles. Hazel is expected to be a society lady, but doesn't quite fit in.  She does, however find contentment in driving. Hazel begins a family with Floyd and has two healthy boys, but still has trouble seeing herself as a good mother.  When her youngest son dies in a tragic accident, Hazel is devastated and slips into drinking and depression. Floyd hires Vida as a maid and to take care of Hazel.  Vida takes the position to try to enact revenge on Hazel's neighbor, the sheriff who is responsible for Vida having to give up her son.  Hazel and Vida don't exactly see eye to eye, but they are able to come together over the loss of their sons and the racial discrimination that Vida and the other maids face. Together, Hazel and Vida will prove an unstoppable force in campaigned for civil rights in the Deep South.


I completely fell in love with this story and the characters.  More than anything, it took me back to Mississippi in the 1950’s.  From the manner of speech, Hazel’s many “I swan’s” and Floyds motivational quotes to Hazel’s interior decorating choices and Vida and her father’s experiences made everything very realistic.  Hazel and Vida also brought this book alive.  Even more than their quest for Civil Rights, the book is about Hazel and Vida’s own growth.  Both women are broken over the loss of their sons.  Hazel turns to drinking and Vida turns to revenge.  Their struggle with what it means to be a mother and their growth as characters during this time in history is what is really highlighted for me.  The Civil Rights movement is what allows the women to move on.  I really appreciated the author’s authenticity with women being the driving force behind many of the protests and movement of information at the time.  I felt like this gave me a great look into another piece of the Civil Rights movement that I never would have known. 


This  book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2015-02-19 22:32
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League - Jonathan Odell

A perfect book to read for Black History Month. Mississippi, 1950's and Hazel, newly married is living with her husband Floyd, an up and coming man in the white community. Hazel though, is not really accepted, she is out of her depth and feels this way as well. She will lose a son, take up drinking and have to fight hard to be a mother to her remaining son. She will do this with the help of a black woman, Vida, who has been hired to watch Miss Hazel. Vida has had loses of her own, her and her father Lev, a former preacher have little left to lose.

Loved the story, loved the characters, well most of them. This is a town that wants to keep its negroes in their place, and the sheriff, has the most reason of all. There is humor, these black women were amazing, compassion and love. A final comeuppance wonderfully staged and a ending that had me teary eyed.

This is the time of Rosa Parks and yes, the women hear of her exploits in this town. The beginning of Martin Luther King and the civil rights era. The afterward is very informative and from it I found out so much I didn't know.

For me this is a memorable book about women of both colors finding a power of their own and fighting to keep it. Another winner from Odell.

ARC from publisher.

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