L'autobus di Rosa

L'autobus di Rosa

author Fabrizio Silei 

illustrations of Maurizio A. C. Quarello 

 

 

rights sold: French, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, Brazilian, Norwegian, Swedish, Slovenian and Korean 

 

 

 

September 2011 

for children 8 years, pages 40, cm. cm 20 x 30 

isbn 978-88-89025,  

non disponibile

Detroit. Henry Ford Museum. An Afro-American old man and his little grandchild, sit on an old time bus, in the middle of a big hall. It is the Rosa Parks bus, the one on which she refused to give up her seat to a white man, in Montgomery, Alabama. The grandfather knows the story very well, because he was there, on that bus, in December 1955. He starts to tell about schools with separated classes for black children; about the prohibition for black people to enter public bars, as for the dogs; about those men with white long caps who hit, burnt and killed. The little boy opens his eyes wide, incredulously and the old man is moved to tears. It is not only the pain of these memories that burns, but especially the memory of that day in December 1955, when he didn't support Rosa's refusal and, more, he tried to dissuade her. The bus of History passed by him and he missed it.