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The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
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The Story of Ruby Bridges

by Robert Coles

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Summary: This book is about a young African American girl who braved a mob everyday and sat in a vacant classroom to learn in school. Ruby knew that the people didn't mean all of the nasty things they would say to her and she prayed for them twice a day.
Personal Reaction: I have always loved this book. It would have been so easy for Ruby to have been hateful right back to those who spoke awful to her but she continued doing what she knew to be right.
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1.In the classroom, we could discuss this book and the period of time it was written about. We could talk about how lucky we are that segregation is no longer existent.
2.We could use this book as an example to stay calm and collected when people are saying mean things about us.
  kaseycook | Oct 4, 2017 |
Beautiful story of perseverance and inspiration based off of a true story. Ruby Bridges has to pass protesters in order to go to school. Takes place during the time when racial segregation did not allow integration of black and white students. Recommend K-3.
  gonzalr | Aug 26, 2017 |
A moving book set in 1960, the year that black children were allowed to go to “white” schools. Ruby, a 6-year-old little girl, has been chosen as one of the kids to go, but she must face an angry mob and does so with such grace. What a fantastic book to get kids engaged in what it may have been like for Ruby Bridges, making for some great text-to-text and text-to-world connections as well as a great book for teaching synthesizing.
  Tammy1234 | Aug 22, 2017 |
Ruby has to attend a new school during segregation. She is scared, some children are taken out of school so as not to attend with her, people are cruel. Tells a story of why we should love one another, acceptance.
  JackieOttman | Aug 21, 2017 |
This story is another story with a great lesson of history while also working on synthesizing. The illustrations are vibrant and realistic. And encourages children to succeed and work hard for what they want.
  FrounfelterShelbie | Aug 20, 2017 |
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This is the story of a young girl who is sent to new school because desegregation is taking place. Ruby has to go through many trials and tribulations but she was very brave and overcame a lot.
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"Please, God, try to forgive those people. Because even if they say those bad things, They don't know what they're doing."

This is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade in an all white school. This moving book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism.

"Ford's moving watercolor paintings...capture the...warmth of Ruby's family and community, the immense powers against her, and her shining inner strength." --Booklist

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For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.

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