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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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I loved Robert Coles’ story “The Story of Ruby Bridges” because it contains descriptive language, well-developed characters, and illustrations that help bring the true story of Ruby Bridges to life. These elements allow the reader to feel as if they are in the book watching the story unfold. Coles uses clear and detailed descriptions as he describes Ruby’s first day of school and the racist, un-friendly welcome she was met with. Coles’ states, “ everyday for weeks that turn into months Ruby experienced bad school days. She walked to the up to the school in a clean dress, a bow in her hair, and a lunchbox. As she approached the school she saw a crowd of people who shouted at her”. This description allows the reader to visualize the torment she was experiencing and her steadfast courage that allowed her to continue to go to school faithfully in spite of the controversy. With regards to character development Coles highlights the bravery and sweet hearted nature of Ruby as she endured racism and isolation at the hands of the white people who refused to see her as anything, but a colored. Coles talks about how “the white people would not send their children to school while she was there”. Ruby was left alone in school, but she continued to work hard and enjoyed learning. In an empty building Ruby continued to strive to better herself as a student and as a person. He also mentions Ruby’s courage as she stopped in front of the angry crowd and prayed for those whose ignorance caused them to taunt and tease her. And slowly but surely other white students joined Ruby in the classroom, and the angry crowds subsided. The illustrations in the story help the reader visualize what the scenes and people looked like. The images capture what the people and scenes would have looked like in the eyes of Ruby. These graphics greatly enhance the story and allows the readers who might be struggling with the text to follow the story plot through the pictures. The overall message of this story is to stand strong and tall in the face of adversity, and no matter how grueling the situation becomes never lose sight of your focus. Success comes when one continues to strive for excellence in spite of the negativity being thrown their way. ( )
  Mchapp1 | Mar 1, 2015 |
In my opinion, the book "The Story of Ruby Bridges", written by Robert Coles and illustrated by George Ford, is a great book that teaches children a really strong message. This story follows the experiences of a six-year-old girl, Ruby Bridges, who has been court-ordered to attend an all-white elementary school in 1960. This emotional story of the beginning of desegregation conveys the central message to stand up for what is right, see that anyone can play a part in changing history for the better, and forgiving peoples wrongs.
To convey these messages, the author uses real facts about Ruby Bridges’ experiences when she attends an all-white elementary school in an effort to desegregate schools. The author uses descriptive language and imagery to pull the reader into Ruby’s story and feel empathy for her character. For example, when Ruby attended the elementary school, she had to be escorted with security for her protection. Outside of the school, parents protested Ruby coming to the school and often made verbal threats to her. Although this was happening everyday, Ruby always went to school and tried her best to succeed in school. Parents even stopped allowing their children to attend the school in hopes that it would force the school to remove Ruby.
The tone that the author uses throughout the story gives the readers an understanding of the torment that Ruby faced and the courage she had to continue to go to the school. The descriptive language used throughout the book, specifically to describe the harassment Ruby faced, helped convey the message that you should stand up for what is right. Ruby knew that although she was facing harassment daily, she was working towards a better society where segregation no longer existed.
The author’s use of characterization contributed greatly to the message that anyone can play a part in changing and shaping history. The author chose to use the story of six-year-old Ruby in order to relate to younger readers and allow them to make connections with the character. The characterization used also shows the reader that anyone, no matter how small or how young, can make a difference in the world if they are determined. The last message in this story, forgiving peoples wrongs, is conveyed through the dialogue of Ruby Bridges. Everyday, Ruby says a prayer on her way to school that G-d will not punish these people who are harassing her and can forgive them because they do not know they are doing anything wrong. This use of dialogue shows Ruby’s courage, strength, and compassion to others, which helps the reader to understand the importance of forgiveness.
Overall, I think this story is an amazing way to teach readers about desegregation and the battles people like Ruby Bridges had to face. Through illustrations and the author’s use of characterization, descriptive language, and powerful dialogue, the author is able to convey the importance of standing up for what is right, knowing anyone can play a part in changing or shaping history, and forgiving people for their wrongs. ( )
  heathergoodman | Feb 17, 2015 |
The story of Ruby Bridges told the story of a young girl who lived during the time of segregation, but became the first African- American to be sent to an all white school. It tells about her courage and how she played a part in shaping history of the schools to what it is today. I liked this book for three reasons. The first reason I liked it was because it is a biography. Non-fiction books that are biographies catch my interest because I know that it is factual information.
The second reason I liked this book was because of the breath-taking illustrations. The pictures showed the mean expressions of the mobs and how angry they were that Ruby Bridges was "ruining" their all white school system. The third reason I liked this book was because it included an "afterward" section at the end of the story. I thought this was very interesting because it did not leave the reader wondering what happened in history after ruby Bridge's story. ( )
  JeNeeH | Feb 15, 2015 |
I read The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. I liked this book because it took me back to a time that I wasn’t alive to see. I liked how as I read the book I could imagine exactly what was happening in the book. The author made me feel as if I was there. This book was about a little black girl named Ruby who was one of the first black students to go to an all-white school. White people were not happy about this. They protested for weeks. In the book it says, “People called Ruby names; some wanted to hurt her…” Instead of Ruby fighting back with hatred, she prayed for the whites who protested outside her school. This book brought the messages that we must not fight hate with hate. ( )
  KinderelHodgson | Feb 12, 2015 |
I learned a lot from Ruby Bridges. I had no idea about her story. I knew about the high schools, but I can’t imagine being in elementary school and going through her story. It made me think about being in Ruby’s situation and what I would have done. She seemed very mature for her age and definitely deserved to go to school. When she was being yelled at before she came into school every day, her teacher saw her stop and speak to the crowd, although she was just praying. The strength it takes to still pray for others as they are yelling hateful things at you, shows that Ruby was a fantastic young lady and had a bright future. Even though this book took place when so many important historical events were happening, it is still aimed at elementary school children. This book can easily be read to teach about America’s history and provide a great lesson for children. I think the big message in this book is everyone deserves an education. Now we still face this problem with bilingual and multicultural students. Even though all students do not speak English, they should still be provided with the same educational opportunities. ( )
  AudreyLast | Feb 9, 2015 |
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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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