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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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The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles



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Ruby Bridges was a young girl during segregation when 4 African American girls were chosen to go to white schools. Although Ruby's family was honored that their daughter got chosen, they were scared of the discrimination that Ruby may have to witness first hand. Ruby was met with protests against Ruby going to school. She saw them everyday, and was escorted by marshals so that she would not be harmed. White families eventually took their children out of school in protest. Ruby excelled in school, despite the hate that was thrown at her. Her teacher soon discovers that every day Ruby prays to God to forgive the mob. She asks him to forgive their angry words, and to love them.

This was a very heartfelt story. I couldn't imagine being a child, and having so many individuals hate me for just being me. I don't know how Ruby had the strength for that, but I don't know if I could ever.

Children these days don't realize how lucky hey are to be protected in schools. Back then, this wasn't the case. Schools were segregated by law. I think that although young children may no be able to comprehend the entirety of the civil rights movement, this would be a great way to introduce it.
  meygyn11 | Mar 21, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Mar 20, 2017 |
This book would be great to use at all grade levels, teaching them about segregation and what African Americans had to go through at this time. Through the dialogue and the faith ruby showed, I could teach children to have faith in hard times and also a lesson on how to treat others.
  kroby01 | Feb 21, 2017 |
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 |
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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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