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Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann

Ruby the Copycat

by Peggy Rathmann

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It's the first day of school, and Ruby is new. When her classmate Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby comes back from lunch wearing a red bow, too. When Angela wears a flowered dress, suddenly Ruby's wearing one, too. Fortunately, Ruby's teacher knows a better way to help Ruby fit in--by showing how much fun it is to be herself! (amazon).
  AmyStepaniuk | Sep 26, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this picture book. The moral of this story was for students to learn to be individuals. This story teaches students that they need to be their own person. The plot of this story is easy for students to follow and relate to. Students are first introduced to the main character Ruby who is a new student in the classroom. She thought that if she kept copying what Angela wore and did, she would be liked by her. It turns out that in the end, Ruby learned that being her own person is what she should do. The writing of this story is great for a second grade level. Students are able to predict the wording for the following pages since it is consistent throughout the book. Ruby leaves during lunch time everyday through the week and then comes back dressing up like Angela. This is a good read aloud book because students are able to predict what is happening through the book. The characters are believable. Ruby is a character students can relate to. Sometimes students feel that they need to copy other people to be liked by others. Ruby does a good job representing what students can be feeling. Overall, this is a good book to read in the beginning of the school year. ( )
  ndange1 | Apr 5, 2015 |
This book describes how you don't have to fit In,being yourself can give you more than you think people will admire you just for being yourself. ( )
  32BASKETBALL | Mar 14, 2015 |
This book can help children who feel as if they don’t fit in. It shows who people feel both way when someone is coping the other. The teacher in the book teachers the children reading the book. It shows children to be their selves and learn how to accept others. It’s a good book to read in the classroom during story time.
  Samantha_Orawiec | Feb 15, 2015 |
Summary: In this children's book, Ruby is a new student in Miss Hart's class and does not have any friends. Miss Hart places her behind a blonde haired girl named Angela. Ruby takes a liking to Angela and starts copying everything she does. She wears the same clothes as her, writes the same papers, paints the same things, and even shares the same interests. Eventually, Angela becomes tired that Ruby is copying her and complains to Miss Hart. Miss Hart talks to Ruby about being herself and asks Ruby what she likes to do- Ruby tells the class she loves to hop! The class laughs at first until they see how good she is. Miss Hart takes advantage of this opportunity and plays music while the class copies Ruby and her hopping.

Argument: I think this is a great book for children. I believe this is a story that children can relate to and connect with. At one point in every child's life, they will either deal with copying themselves or someone who copies them. It is what young children do to fit in. I think children will find it refreshing to see something that may happen in their life on a daily basis. I also think children will find it funny that Ruby also tries to copy the teacher after Angela gets mad at her. Children do not usually think of copying the teacher's appearance and actions!
I believe this book has a strong central theme. It reminds children to be who they are because that is the best they can be. It is not fun to be someone else because no one is unique as you are. ( )
  stomas5 | Sep 15, 2014 |
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Charmingly offbeat illustrations illuminate the universal struggle of a childtrying to discover her own identity in this sensitive and endearing tale. An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Full color.

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Ruby insists on copying Angela, until her teacher helps her discover her own creative resources.

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