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The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

The Story Of Ruby Bridges (edition 1995)

by Robert Coles, George Ford (Illustrator)

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Title:The Story Of Ruby Bridges
Authors:Robert Coles
Other authors:George Ford (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (1995), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:biography on first little girl in white school

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The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles

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In 1957, Ruby Bridges' family moved from Tylerton, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was in New Orleans that Ruby became one of only four black children to attend 'white' elementary schools. Everyday mobs of angry white men, women, and even children gathered to 'protest' her attendance at William Frantz Elementary School. While the crowd berated Ruby each day, both to and from school, she prayed for them. Ruby stayed strong and continued going to school until the mob finally gave up. I felt that this was a simple but great way to tell Ruby's story, especially for children. It pulls the focus away from the harsh reality of racial tension and segregation and paints a story of a brave young girl who made a difference. If read in a class, teachers may need to be prepared for some tough questions from kids about why many people "protested" against Ruby going to school. I personally feel it's important to stress that the mob was wrong for believing what they did and their actions. The subject of race, while tough ad sometimes awkward, is never anything to shy away from in a classroom. While the story ends with all of the other children going back to school, there is a nice afterword that includes what Ruby Bridges went on to do with her life. She is now a successful business woman living in New Orleans. ( )
  ilonon | Jan 25, 2017 |
This books does a wonderful job of explaining the events in Ruby's life that led to being the only black girl in William Frantz Elementary School. The quotes from her mother show where Ruby got her faith and courage. The fact that Ruby prayed for the malicious mob of racist is really heart warming. All they wanted to do was scary her or even hurt her and she would pray for them twice a day worried that God might punish them for their actions. The illustrations show the anger of the mob and the young girl all alone in the classroom with a smile on her face ready to learn. I would recommend this as a wonderful tool to explain history and how we have grown as humans to except all people regardless of race. ( )
  AubrieSmith | Jan 23, 2017 |
I believe that this is a good example of a biography/Autobiography because there are parts that are told by another person but there are also parts where Ruby talks for herself.
  KatieScudellari | Oct 2, 2016 |
The story of Ruby Bridges and how she went to an all white school amid protests and racial tension.
  rachel.mcconville | Jul 6, 2016 |
I loved this story because of the well developed characters and the story line. The story is told in third person but centered around the main character, Ruby Bridges. Ruby was a young child who decided to take part in an event that would make American history. Being 6 years old, Ruby, who was African American was sent to an all white children's school. As the story goes on their is lots of details about the struggles she overcome making it clear to those who did not grow up in that time how segregation impacted many lives. The main point of this story was to show the story of segregation through a child's eyes.
  amyadams19 | May 3, 2016 |
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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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