A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Detailed history of the origins of the Montgomery bus boycott and other civil rights moments.
Stand up for what you believe in even when it's scary. Work hard and be prepared when you take risks. Trust yourself.
Positive Role Models
Claudette persevered through many hard situations and had the strong support of her parents and her community.
Violence & Scariness
Claudette is arrested and dragged off a bus.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that She Persisted: Claudette Colvin tells the story of an amazing and often overlooked figure in the civil rights movement, creating an emotional connection to make history come alive for young readers. Beautifully written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and Chelsea Clinton, and illustrated by Alexandra Bolger and Gillian Flint, this book is similar to other books in the She Persisted series: It combines clear language and simple facts with an age-appropriate storytelling style. At the end of the book, there are references and a list of ideas for how to persist.
Is It Any Good?
A teen activist's life story shines and inspires here, with facts and emotion powerfully woven together to share her thoughts, hopes, and dreams. She Persisted: Claudette Colvin is a beautifully written book, with just the right amount of detail about the early life and motivation of a strong, smart, determined woman who made a difference. The child's perspective is especially meaningful to readers who might wonder if they can really make an impact on the world, and the illustrations draw in younger readers and bring context to historical moments that might otherwise seem distant.
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