History in Objects

Lots of good picture book biographies have been published recently that cover different figures in African American history.  I plan to share some themed lists throughout the month of February.  While I was looking up titles, I came across two books that share an unusual focus.  Both tell a story about a person by looking at an object used for transportation.

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The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting
A short picture book in rhyme movingly tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral.  This book is available as an ebook, and has also been made into a DVD (A good match to this book is a second picture book, Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story).

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Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo S. Kittinger
Follow the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by following the path of a bus from its start in the factory to its current home in a museum.

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