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Sarah and her mother ride the bus each morning, but the girl wonders why they have to sit in the back, apart from the white people. Her curiosity inspires her to make that short but significant journey to the first few seats. This seemingly innocent act lands Sarah in jail for breaking the law and triggers actions that alter not only Sarah's daily bus trip but the lives ofSarah and her mother ride the bus each morning, but the girl wonders why they have to sit in the back, apart from the white people. Her curiosity inspires her to make that short but significant journey to the first few seats. This seemingly innocent act lands Sarah in jail for breaking the law and triggers actions that alter not only Sarah's daily bus trip but the lives of everyone, black and white, in the community.Based on the real-life story of Rosa Parks, The Bus Ride is a fictional but timely reminder that no act of courage is too small when it comes to confronting injustice....

Title : The Bus Ride
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ISBN : 9780613360357
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Bus Ride Reviews

  • Courtney Hartwell
    2019-04-24 02:41

    Summary: This book is about a young, African American girl named Sarah. She rides the bus to school every day and has to sit at the very back. One day she decides to go and see why the front of the bus is so special. The driver eventually calls a policeman to remove her from the bus because she will not move from the front. Sarah was taken to jail for a little where her picture was taken and put in the newspaper. Sarah’s actions led African Americans to stop taking the bus and ultimately helped changed the law. Theme: Possible themes for this book are racism, injustice, and heroismPersonal Connection to the Book: I remember learning about Rosa Parks in school when I was younger. I think this book is so interesting because it tells her story but through the lens of a child. Sarah is brave and strong and makes a difference in the world – and it is characters like these that need to be portrayed in children’s books. Why I recommend this book: I strongly recommend reading this book to children. The Bus Ride is a way for students to learn about history of America and the injustice that African American individuals faced in certain environments. It serves as a window for kids to become aware of our past and see how characters like Sarah were real life people who paved the path to end injustice. This book does a tremendous job of teaching children that they can make a difference in the world if they stand up for what is right.

  • Tory Haberman
    2019-04-14 01:28

    The Bus Ride by William Robert Miller is about Sara, an African American little girl, who did not understand why her and her mother had to ride in the back of the bus. So one day, she sat in the front of the bus (to see what was so special about it), and the bus driver questioned her for being there. After she would not move to the back of the bus, a policeman had to come and carry her off, taking her to the police station. However, Sara was able to make a big statement as she was in the newspapers showing how she took a stand. Sara ended up changing the law as other African Americans stopped riding the buses, supporting Sara’s choice. In the end, African Americans gained their equal rights to ride and sit wherever they pleased on the buses.This is a great book because it really goes to show what it was like back then, and still happening today (but not as severe), when African Americans were/are treated very poorly due to the color of their skin. They constantly had to fight for their equal rights to get their deserved respect. Children can easily relate to Sara being such a young child and not realizing why people are treated differently due to race, gender, and even ethnicity. No matter the case, other children/people should not be judged in that way. Also, this book may inspire children to make a difference in the world because even though they are small and young, like Sara, they can still make a huge impact. This book would be great to read in the classroom and the illustrations represent the facial expressions and emotions of each character clearly and really create a mood and tone for the book; definitely kept me engaged the whole time with a very heart-warming ending.

  • BrendaRoman
    2019-03-27 05:21

    Sara, an African American little girl, did not understand why her and her mother had to ride in the back of the bus. So one day she sat in the front of the bus (to see what was so special), and the bus driver questioned her being there. After she would not get up, a policeman carried her out and brought her to the police station. She made a big statement as she was in the newspapers showing how she took a stand. Sara ended up changing the law as other African Americans stopped riding the buses supporting Sara’s choice. In the end, African Americans gained their equal rights to ride and sit wherever they pleased on the buses.I loved the book, it really explain and shows what was happening back then but still continues to happen now, less severe. Most children are going to be the same way African Americans acted in the book, they will fight for what they want. Also, this book inspire children to make a difference in the world. Children have all the power and what it take to stop racism and discrimination. The illustrations were very clear and easy to understand. I loved how the illustrator made illustrations on some of the words that were being said when the incident with Rosa Parks happened. This book is also based on Rosa Parks’ story of course using a different name for the rider. Each character shows their emotions and expressions well, a child could easily fit is Sara’s shoes. Overall, the book is written to help children learn and understand the importance role Sara had in the story, she was named a hero. The story could be read in a classroom and teachers could create a lesson plan to go along with it.

  • Deena Lernor
    2019-04-14 01:27

    Sara a little girl rides in the back of the bus with her mother on her way to school. Once day her mother got off the bus to go to work and Sara was interested in why the front of the bus was so special. She wandered up front, and when asked to return to her seat in the back of the bus Sara asked why. The policeman came on the bus and carried her off because she was not compliant with the laws. While in the police station, Sara had her picture taken for the paper. Sara’s mother walked her home and they heard many comments positive and negative for all she had done. The next day an article was in the newspaper on how brave she was while on that bus. For the next few days’ people from the African American race did not take the bus causing the laws to be changed. Sara was person who changed the laws forever. This book is the story of Rosa Parks and how she stood up against sitting in the back of the bus. This book covers the critical issue of racism and how important racism is. This story showed how racism was ended and the fight that was put up against it. The illustrations are acrylic paintings full of vibrant colors. Sara is in a bright pink representing her bravery and her courage to stand up for what she wanted. The plot for this story is climatic with Sara standing up for what she believes in. The theme shows that if you stand up for what you believe in then you might cause a change in this world. This story is very helpful for students to understand what it was like to live in the 1950’s in the South. They learn about the hardships that people had to go through to survive.

  • Abigail Surmay
    2019-04-05 06:46

    The Bus Ride is a great example of a children's book showing social issues. The social issue that takes place is racism. We meet a little African American girl named Sarah. Her and her mother ride the bus every weekday morning. Because of their race they had to sit in the back, apart from the white people. But like a little girl would, one day Sarah got curious. What was so great about the front of the bus? Sarah couldn't figure out what was so different, in fact nothing was, so she sat down right in front next to the driver. This started a fuss, Sarah wouldn't move because there was no need to go back to her old seat. Because she "couldn't follow the rules" the bus driver wanted to kick her off and make her walk but she didn't budge. So, the bus driver came back with a policeman. Because she still didn't move after some time the policeman had to carry her off and take her to the station. Sarah was more worried about what her mom was going to think more than anything. But her mom wasn't sad or mad. She was more proud. Find out who this little girl symbolized in history.The paintings in this book are acrylic paintings and very realistic. You see emotions on the characters faces but also brush strokes around them. Even thought they are realistic paintings, they are still very dull, until the happy ending, but portraying a rather sad mood in the beginning.The plot has some rising actions, a climax, and falling actions. It takes a difficult situation and makes it less "scary" so to speak. A good read.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-06 23:26

    “The Bus Ride” by Willian Miller, illustrated by John Ward. It is a great story about a young African-American girl’s curiosity for why sitting in the front of a city bus was so special. She got in trouble because she sat in the front of the bus and refused to sit in the back. To her, it didn’t make sense what the big deal was and why it was a law. This incident made her go to police station, media attention, and enough support from the community that things started to change. People that supported equal rights for all people no matter what skin color started to take a stand against riding the bus. This wasn’t good for the city so they changed the laws and at the end of the story the girl could sit in front of the bus with her mom. Her mom was so proud because there was this notion that things would never change but she would only hope that her daughter can experience different things. I would read this to my class in a heartbeat, it brings up how life was like in the past. It also gives an example of how anyone of any age can take a stand on what they believe in and what feels right. This is book is a great tool to teach a part of history that was so revolutionary and to let other students know that they can do small things in order to impact the world or the community in a big way.

  • Alexis Adelman
    2019-04-07 03:35

    The Bus Ride is a childrens version of what happened to Rosa Parks. It is about a young girl who is black and decides one day she wants to sit at the front of the bus. So she does. She goes and sits up at the front of the bus and gets in trouble. The whites got mad and the cops came and picked Sara up. They brought her to the police station all the while people were taking pictures and telling her what to do. The whites told her not to get up and move and said nasty things while the blacks told her to stay in her seat and not give it up.This book is written to show us one form of how racism used to be. It is a version of Rosa Park's experience but a child instead. The images a very realistic and is acrylic painting. The moral of the story is that if you stand up for what you believe then you will eventually get it. The book had a rising action until they passed the law that they can sit anywhere. This book is showing us a part of our history that not everyone may see. How unfairly blacks were treated compared to whites. The author uses very descriptive words to help us get a sense of what it seemed like at that time. He described to us how the bus looked from the back to the front, nothing changed. Overall this was a good book and made me think of how good we actually have it now today.

  • Samantha Friedman
    2019-04-04 03:21

    By looking at the vertical orientation of the book the "The Bus Ride" I am guessing by the cover is it all about a girl and a bus. I love how the book is inspired by the legacy of Rosa Parks and has a little introduction by her. Before I ever start reading the book I notice that the text is set in Goudy and the illustrations are rendered in acrylic paint on canvas. The color and detail of the people in the illustrations is outstanding. You can really get a feeling for the people on the bus, they are drawn so well with shadows I feel as if you would be able to see the sweat from their foreheads! The end pages are orange, I wonder if that was done because the color of buses. I really like these books about social issues, it amazes me that a short book can have such an impact on something. For example, a young naive just wanted to see what was so special about the front of the bus and causes a huge disturbance in African American bus riding to make adults actually open their eyes to the bigger picture. The story is very well done and I hope many people read it and can take away the importance of respect equality. Just like the book says, "The seat doesn't care what color your bottom is!"

  • Jordan Santoro
    2019-04-14 06:28

    William Miller's, "The Bus Ride" is very similar to the famous story about Rosa Parks. As a matter of fact, the book actually includes an introductory note from Rosa Parks right after the bright orange end pages. The note addresses discrimination, a brief overview of her story, and her advice to stand up for what is right. The story follows a young African American girl named Sara who gets in trouble for sitting at the front of the bus instead of the back, where "her people" belong. Sara takes a stand for what is right and the law regarding this issue is finally changed. The illustrations in this book are full-bleed, colorful, and realistic. The illustrations and text compliment one another and both are important to the flow and effectiveness of the story. Racism and discrimination are heavy topics for young readers, but topics that children should be aware of. This book is inspirational and sends a good, educational message about not only history, but life even now.

  • Ashley Cousin
    2019-04-02 04:33

    To start off I think this book is a great picture book to start off with when teaching kids about Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights movement, etc. The text is engaging and interesting and the pictures show what is happening in the text, giving a visual. You wouldn't necessarily need the pictures for the text but you would need the text for the pictures. The illustrations are done in acrylic paint on canvas and posses realistic qualities. The illustrations seem to be magnified, in the way that every pictures is has "big" qualities about it. There isn't much small detail in the illustrations. The front cover shows the main character standing in front of a bus, which again is big and takes up the whole background. The back of the book has a quote from Rosa Parks as well as the opening page has a introduction from Rosa Parks that I think, adds history and depth to the story.

  • Caycee Hatchette
    2019-03-25 23:32

    Personal reaction: I liked this book a lot. It was written in simplistic terms and I think that students would benefit from reading this. I would read this to second graders. I would incorporate this book when talking about Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. There isn't figurative language in this book but the concept of the little girls' actions are complex enough that there isn't a need for figurative language. This would be a good book to also stop periodically and gauge student reaction to the events happening and have them reflect on the events in the book, maybe even asking them how they would feel if they were in her shoes. The illustrations in this book are also beautiful. The characters almost seem lifelike. The illustrations take up both pages and they are very crisp and are mostly in darker, duller colors.

  • Shelli
    2019-03-26 05:26

    This is a work of historical fiction about an African American child who unintentionally protests being asked to sit in the back of the bus. I say "unintentionally" out of lack of a better word… she is aware that she and all other black passengers have to sit in the back section of the bus and out of curiosity investigates the front portion. When she sees there is nothing special she questions why it matters where people sit and what makes her less than worthy of sitting there too? The forward of this story is written by Rosa Parks. My only complaint is that it should have been more clearly stated that this is a work of historical fiction and not based on actual events.

  • Lynette Wells
    2019-04-03 03:19

    This story was very similar to the Rosa Parks story. i like this story better because it is like the childrens versions of the whole situation. I also like the little girls innocents. she didn't understand what the big deal was about the front of the bus. This story can make children understand that they can stick up for what they believe in. I also liked how the illustrator was very detailed in making the characters faces look real. I also liked how the illustrator used different textures for the black peoples hair versus the white peoples hair. It looked like the illustrator used painted. there were a lot of blues on every page.

  • Mariah
    2019-04-10 00:31

    This book puts a twist on the story of Rosa Parks. Instead of Rosa Parks it is a young girl that will not give up her seat on the bus. Although this book does not give factual information it is good because it tells Rosa Parks' story in a new way. This is a good book for teachers to have to go along with Rosa Parks but not the only book to use.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-11 23:43

    Civil Rights; segregration; insipiring; African American history; civil rights activist; multiple perspective

  • Grayson Burke
    2019-04-15 07:31

    I thought it was really cool how they portrayed this girl as if she was Rosa Parks. Really cool story and makes it relevant to kids.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-10 01:41

    Would make a good companion piece when reading/studying about Rosa Parks or Claudette Colvin.