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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:civil rights, desegregation, Ruby Bridges, New Orleans

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Summary: This is a story about a girl, Ruby, who was very smart, and her parents wanted to integrate her into a white school because the black schools weren't as good. This story discusses all of the obstacles her and her family faced when they tried to do this. They were faced with resistance and racism. It was a very difficult process, but they eventually got her into a white school, against the wishes of the white parents. One teacher in particular was very supportive of Ruby, and she excelled in her new school, despite all of the obstacles.

Reflection: This book is great because it shows that you can do whatever you want as long as you are determined enough. It shows that nothing should get in the way of your dreams. This book is very inspiring, and it also gives the reader some historical information of what it was like during the Civil Rights Movement.

Extension: A good extension for this book would be to have the students discuss the difficulties that Ruby faced. Ask them if they would be willing to do the same if they were her. This activity should help the students understand a little better what Ruby went through and how tough it was.
  mikefletch | Mar 26, 2015 |
Summary of Book: This is a true story about a little girl named Ruby Bridges. Ruby lives with her family during the time when segregation was around. Ruby is a very intelligent little girl and begins going to a school for all white kids. Her teacher Ms. Henry teaches Ruby in a classroom away from all the other students. However, the parents are still upset because an African American girl is going to their kids school. On the way to school, mobs of whites are always saying mean and hateful things but Ruby stops on the stairs and begins to pray by asking God to please forgive these people. Ruby never let any of these people get to her. She always had a good spirit. Finally two of the kids come back to school where Ruby is attending and others begin to follow. This is finally when the mobs end as well.

Personal Reaction: This book is one that will bring tears to your eyes, but will also make you eventually smile. Ruby's bravery and wonderful character will do this to you. She never lets the mobs get to her, she just prayed to God for him to give these people. Ruby made a huge impact on the world during times of segregation. All people deserve to be treated equal.

Extension Ideas: 1) Students can compare and contrast Ruby Bridge's life and how they live now.
2) Students will then write about how they would feel if they lived during segregation.
  ah932109 | Mar 20, 2015 |
Set in 1960 this is a factual telling of our nation's history. It is the tale of one family's courage and a little girl's desegregation of a New Orlean's elementary school.
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  cm37107 | Mar 5, 2015 |
Wonderful biography about the strength, hope, and faith of Ruby Bridges. Excellent illustrations perfect compliment this text. Some students/parents may be put off or offended by references to prayer and faith. However this book wonderfully depicts the emotions, tension, anger, and fear involved in the decision to require blacks to be integrated into previously all-white schools. Wonderful opportunity for students to gain a new perspective from their own, and to put themselves in someone else's shoes to ask the question "How would I react if I it was me?". Wonderful opportunity to explore themes of empathy and friendship.

In 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges is ordered to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school in Mississippi. Ruby faces mobs of racists and parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Through her actions, Ruby demonstrates courage, faith, and hope. ( )
  zsvandyk | Mar 5, 2015 |
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 |
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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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