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If a Bus Could Talk

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Faith Ringgold
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2002, Jan. 2001

Synopsis: In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie's magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this!

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a picture of Mrs. Parks's head. What was she thinking about when she was on the bus? Draw pictures inside to show.
•  Draw and cut out an outline of a bus. Inside, draw pictures to answer these questions: What would you do if you were told you couldn't do something? Do you think certain things about people based on how they look? Has something like this ever happened to you?, etc.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!