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Ruby the Copycat

by Peggy Rathmann

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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 |
New girl in class Ruby copies her friend by what she wears then learns the importance of being yourself.
  cabram90 | Jun 24, 2014 |
This is about a little girl who is new to the class that decides to start copying everything one of the other girl’s does. Her teacher is able to convince her that being Ruby is the best person she can be. The events in this book probably happen more often than not especially with really young ones. Children look up to each other and adults and like to do what they see being modeled or around them. The content provides insight into some student’s own problems. The theme of the story emerges naturally rather than being stated. The end of the story encourages readers to draw their own conclusions.

This book is a great tool if a teacher ever has a “copycat” situation in class that needs to be taken care of because it is distracting from the learning environment. It is important for kids to learn this lesson because this can disrupt a classroom and also cause tension within the room between students. This book also provides a connection for a great lesson on synonyms. Ruby does lots of things that are similar to Angela in the story and these can be used as examples for something similar in meaning.

Reading Level: K-3
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
This is a story about Ruth admiring a peer and copying her and later knowing that its great to be your self and not having to copy her friend.
Ages: 4-7
Pierce College Library
  veronicar6189 | Mar 15, 2014 |
Ruby is the new girl at school and sits behind Angela who has a pretty red bow in her hair. The next day, Ruby comes to school with a bow in her hair and Angela compliments it. But when Ruby continues to copy everything that Angela wears and says, Angela gets upset and stops talking to Ruby. The teacher notices the problem, attempts to address it with Ruby, but only ends up with her own copycat. Finally, when Ruby said she went to the opera just like their teacher that weekend, her teacher asked what else she did. Ruby said she hopped around the table 10 times, and started hopping around the room to prove what a good hopper she was. The teacher then turned on the music and encouraged everyone to hop like Ruby.

Ages: 5
Source: Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom Library
  StefV | Feb 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590474235, Paperback)

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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