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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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This is an amazing story about a little girl with a forgiving heart. "Please God, try to forgive those people because even if they say those bad things, they don't know what they are doing. So You could forgive them, just like You did those folks a long time ago when they said terrible things about You." For classroom application, I would take a drawing of a child and explain that he goes to a different school and the kids are unkind to him. I'd get the students to suggest what they might say (I.e. his clothes look funny). Each time they say something unkind, rip the drawing or scrunch up the paper. Soon it looks messy. Now we can practice apologizing and smoothing out the wrinkles and taping the rips. The end result is a drawing that looks ok, but is still tattered. It shows the lasting effects of unkindess and how we must be very careful with our words and actions. ( )
  rmhuey | Jun 22, 2014 |
Ruby Bridges was the only African American child to attend a New Orleans elementary school after integration laws in 1960. This book tells about her journey of dealing with this important piece in history. I learned a lot from this book and would recommend this book to teaching about segregation. ( )
  aloupe | Feb 26, 2014 |
The Story of Ruby Bridges is a children's book that stresses the religious nature of Ruby and her family's lives. Robert Coles describes how the family went to church every Sunday and how they prayed for Ruby to be a "credit to all the American people" (7). Her mother wanted her to have a close relationship with God and it seems that she did. The twist at the end of the book is that, when Ruby appears to be talking to the belligerent mob, she is actually praying for them. Although Coles does not come out and say it,he suggests that Ruby's calm demeanor is attributable to her faith.The story is told in a clear, simplistic manner, and would be appropriate for early elementary students. I only have one note of criticism for this book, really: When Coles describes Ruby's appearance, he says, "Wearing a clean dress and a bow in her hair and carrying her lunch pail, Ruby walked slowly for the first few blocks" (12).I question why Coles feels the need to explain that Ruby's dress is clean.Does he believe his audience would assume otherwise? Nevertheless, it is a good book. It explains the story of a heroic girl that would certainly resonate with little ones who do not hear of many heroes their own size.
  Melissalorio | Feb 1, 2014 |
beautifully illustrated non-fiction story of Ruby Bridges. At 6, Ruby was sent to an all-white school in New Orleans to break the color barrier in schools.
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
A brave, first grade, African American girl enters first grade in an all white school. The town is upset and removes their children from the school. Every day Ruby enters The Franz Elementary School with sheriff protection. Daily Ruby learns alone in the school until finally Anglo children and their families decide that they should return. Ruby has a heart of gold and believes that even the people that are so mean to her deserve to be forgiven by G-d. The story includes an afterward which tells about Ruby's life since her initial struggle with segregation. Enabling readers to see that Ruby continues to assist underserved people. It also includes an address to mail Ruby letters. The book brought me tears as I realized the courage and humanity that a first grader can behold. ( )
  TammyeG | Jan 23, 2014 |
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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 Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.

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