I Am Strong: A Little Book about Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Dial, 2020. 9780593110102
Format: Board Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Board book
What did you like about the book? In rhyming text, a mini Rosa Parks takes the reader on a bus ride with her. She points out what gives her pleasure, such as “people sharing laughs and love like my family does with me.” She asks the reader to seek and find items of different colors. I like that this series always shows the obstacles faced by the famous person, and how they persevered to accomplish great things. Here, little Rosa is seen standing her ground for the right to stay in her seat. The simple graphic art creates a gently caricatured Parks in miniature, which is both funny and cute.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The book does not explain that Parks’ obstacle was because of the color of her skin. This is a pretty big omission.
To whom would you recommend this book? For families of toddlers who enjoy reading non fiction.
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: June 20, 2020