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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Student Review of Ruby Lu

    The things that I liked most about Ruby Lu was that it was a fast moving book. Things or events did not drag on. Also, how she had helped students become aquainted with her school and other kids. Ruby Lu was more than happy to be their friend and loved every minute of it, for the most part. It would be very interesting to a younger group of kids, about the age of first to third grade, in the fact that it talks about herself, Ruby Lu, and how proud she is to help other foriegn exchange students around her school and to be a 'Smile Buddy' for them. It helps very much on Language and culture in the sense that all the foreign exchange students are all from a different place. So she learns a lot from these other kids and she is very proud of that. There are some things that she is not happy with though and as you read the book you will find out what those things are. So start reading and enjoy it as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything Review

    Recommended for ages 5-7. Lenore Look does a very good job with the book Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything. There is a wide range of topics in the story that can be used for teaching smaller lessons in an elementary classroom. Many of Ruby Lu's experiences are similar to ones that students in lower elementary might go through. The character of Flying Duck is also very entertaining and there are many lessons to be understood from her. One problem that I found with this book is that the main focus is on the girl characters so as a prospective elementary teacher, it may be difficult to gear this towards a co-ed classroom. Overall there is a lot to be gained from this story and many lessons that could be taught from it, so I would definitely recommend it for a kindergarten through second grade classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu,Empress of Everything proves to be a great read for children ages 5-8.It presents real life situations that children at those ages may have to deal with. Some issues include dealing with family members who have just moved in(who speak another language), facing fears, doing well in school, fighting with friends, and getting eye glasses. These topics are addressed in fun and exciting ways and with each new situation, you are anticipating how each will be resolved. Another plus about this book is how it emphasizes cultural differences and how teachers can help students adjust to their new environments. Overall, I think their is a lot of material in this book that students at the elementary level can relate to, as well as enjoy reading about. I give Ruby Lu two thumbs up :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great book!

    Lenore Look's Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a book that I would recommend for 2nd grade students and up. The story begins when Ruby Lu's cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China. Flying Duck's whole family moves in and it seems like Ruby Lu is living in a whole new world. The two girls become great friends, but there are several things different about them. Flying Duck is deaf and does not understand English. Ruby Lu cannot speak Chinese and is unable to sign in that language as well. While becoming smile buddies in school Ruby Lu learns so much about Flying Duck. Ruby Lu is able to help the other classmates understand Flying Duck's disability. With Flying Duck moving in, there is way too much going on for the Empress of Everything to handle especially with her extremely busy schedule. She has swimming lessons, summer school, and is trying to follow a 12-step program. How will Ruby Lu ever manage to deal with all of this responsibility?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Nice Book For Beginning/Intermediate Readers

    'Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything' is a nice book that beginning/intermediate readers will enjoy. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, Ruby Lu, who has many exciting adventures after her extended family moves in. Her escapades feature her cousin, her best friend, whom, at times, is not her friend at all, her baby brother, and her new dog. Through the story, Ruby and her friends find many ways to get into trouble and how friendships can help you through trying times. This is a good book for younger children and it would be interesting to hear their perspectives on the events of Ruby Lu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Great book for young children!

    Ruby Lu is a great book for young children, kids around 2nd or 3rd grade in particular. Ruby Lu herself is going into 3rd grade and the book tells a little about her summer and a checklist of things she needs to get done before 3rd grade. I think Ruby Lu encourages kids to be understanding and help others. Ruby Lu is a book that is easy to understand and fairly easy to read. I think that this book should be read by all Elementary kids. This book was cure and I think most everyone can relate to Ruby or her cousin Flying Duck. Ruby was excited that her cousin was coming from China, but finds it very hard to adjust her lifestyle at home. I will most definately keep this book for when my daughter gets older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    Good Book

    The content of this book was great for elementary. Ruby Lu can be a role model for many children. She is brave, courteous, and kind. The entire 'smile buddy' I idea is great. This book teaches children compassion for people who are different and in a different environment. Ruby Lu takes us inside a second graders mind. She not only battles the day to day struggles of a typical second grader, but also as a young girl whose family is going through many changes with new members immigrating from China. Great book to read children who are understanding immigration and keeping friendships. Also this book teaches children about differences and diversity. Ruby stands up for her Chinese cousin who also happens to be deaf. She informs the classroom about her diversity and disability. This is a god read for anyone who wants their children to be more informed about how to treat people and deal with difficult times in friendship,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Review of Ruby Lu Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu is at it again, this time with her cousin Flying Duck. Flying Duck has just immigrated from China with her family and not only does she have to adjust to life in a new country, but Ruby Lu has to adjust to a new life being her smile buddy. Not to mention the increase in the use of everything Chinese at home. Ruby Lu learns many life lessons and faces up to some fears along the way. This book would be an excellent part of a class curriculum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2008

    SVSU Education Student

    In Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, Ruby¿s cousin Flying Duck and her family have come to live with Ruby¿s family. Flying Duck and Ruby go to school together and Ruby is so proud of Flying Duck because not only is she Chinese but she is deaf. Ruby thinks she is the coolest kid in school and she gets to be her Smile Buddy. A Smile Buddy is someone who looks out for new kids and helps them make friends. Ruby takes this very seriously and her school works starts to suffer. Ruby and Flying Duck end up in summer school together and face all sorts of adventures. The story is a great explanation of the summer adventures in and out of summer school Ruby and Flying Duck have. They suffer through swim lessons and Fly Duck joins the neighborhood kids¿ club. This is a great book to add to any collection because it deals with many issues any child could face. Ruby has to adapt to a new culture when Flying Duck and her family move in. Ruby also learns about Flying Duck¿s Chinese heritage as she teaches the children in her class and neighborhood. Ruby learns many important lessons throughout the story. She fights with the neighbor girl and learns how to apologize and become friends again. Ruby learns that lying isn¿t right. She hides a letter home to her mother because she¿s afraid of being in trouble when it¿s a letter saying she needs glasses something she¿s always wanted. The book is an easy read with a glossary of terms in the back to explain the Chinese words and ideas used. There is also a short index that teaches a few words in Chinese Sign Language with Ruby acting them out. The book is also a fast read and extremely enjoyable. Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is the second of the series by Lenore Look. The first novel is called Ruby Lu, Brave and True.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    great for a diverse audience!

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a smartly written book for elementary students. The story follows the triumphs and tragedies of second grader Ruby Lu, who is dealing with friends, school, swimming lessons, and most importantly, the immigration of her cousin, Flying Duck. Flying Duck¿s immigration from China brings added challenges because Flying Duck is also deaf. This additional layer to the story demonstrates a perfect example of acceptance and tolerance of unique individuals. Plus this provides further adventures for Ruby Lu. The author¿s descriptive text and Ruby¿s lively dialect make this book a funny read an enjoyment for both students and teachers. I recommend this book for students between the grades 1 and 5, although I must mention that at times the vocabulary and similes maybe challenging for younger students (i.e. ¿teeth clattered like castanets.¿ p101). Luckily the author includes a dictionary in the back to assist readers. But for the younger audience this book may be better read aloud to them. Overall, Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great little package!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2008

    Great Book!!

    After reading this book, I was taken back to elementary school. I loved the way the story was told from Ruby's perspective and how it used the same language a third grader would use. I also like the humor in the book, the simple one line jokes. They were funny and easy for a third grader who may be reading this to understand. I also like the story itself. For example, how every problem seems like the end of the world to a third grader. I remember feeling like that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    You're a cool kid Ruby Lu

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything was an enjoyable and hard to put down book. Lenore Look developed Rudy Lu in such a way that we want to get to know her even more. We get an inside picture of a 7-8 year old girl who loves positive attention, who is struggling with sharing this attention with her newly immigrated cousin, Flying Duck, and her family, is dealing with a best friend who has a strong personality like she does, is required to go to summer school for yet another year, and is faced with one of her greatest challenges so far...forced to attend swim lessons 'again' to learn how to swim. Ruby Lu becomes dear to us as we experience all these and more situations with her. We share in her growth and maturing and can't help but to root for her and to smile and be happy for her successes. It is said that a great author draws their audience into the characters so that they experience what the characters experience. I believe that Lenore Look has done a fine job at this with Ruby Lu. I look forward to reading more about Ruby Lu.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

    In Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything the author, Lenore Look, tells the story through the eyes of a young girl, Ruby Lu, and her experiences with her deaf Chinese cousin, Flying Duck. Ruby¿s aunt, uncle, and cousin have immigrated to America from China and are now living with Ruby, her parents, and Ruby¿s baby brother. Throughout this piece of realistic fiction, Ruby enjoys the responsibility of being a ¿smile buddy¿ to Flying Duck, experiences arguments and reconciliations with her on-again, off-again, and on-again best friend, faces her fear of swimming by making a heroic rescue, and makes it through summer school. The summer turns out to be quite eventful for this spunky young girl, who learns to ¿blow bubbles¿ under water, learns some Chinese sign language, and even acquires a family pet. This children¿s book compiles the commotion and drama of the young elementary grades with relatable characters and humorous, unifying illustrations. In addition, the universal themes throughout this narrative text reach a child¿s need to belong, need to achieve, and need for security through the trials and tribulations of the relatable and dynamic character of Ruby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Ruby Lu Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu Empress of Everything deals with issues of immigration, Chinese Sign Language, bullying, summer school, swimming lessons, and eye glasses. While some of these issues seem like adult matters, Ruby Lu presents them in a child-like innocence. Ruby Lu is a hilarious 2nd grade Chinese-American who has to deal with her cousin Flying Duck who emigrates over from China, her on-again-off again best friend Emma, along with the many dilemmas of a girl in second grade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Educational Tool

    As a student in the Teacher Program I would recommend this book to teachers, future teachers and of course students. I think that this book has some very good life lessons about diversity and responsibility. Ruby Lu is a young girl growing up learning to deal with the many challenges of growing up. My favorite character in this book is Ruby Lu¿s cousin Flying Duck. She has come to America as an immigrant from China. Flying Duck is also Deaf. I think that Ruby Lu and Flying Duck¿s relationship is a very good example for children on how to deal with someone with a disability. ¿Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything¿ is not only a good educational tool but it is entertaining as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Mollie

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a children's chapter book that presents the troubles of immigration, making friends, being hearing impaired, and being in the second grade. In this book Ruby Lu, helps her cousin Flying Duck, a hearing impaired Chinese immigrant, adjust to life and school in America. Together they learn about swimming, responsibility, friendship, family, and schoolwork. The book is written to explain the difficulties that some students, immigrants, and big sisters may face as they pass from second to third grade. While the book uses humor, is easily readable, and provides cute illustrations, it lacks some of the luster I have found in other children's stories. Lenore Look packs a lot of problems into a 149 page book. I am fond of the glossary and I feel it would be helpful to children trying to read the book on their own. Some the terms Ruby Lu and Flying Duck use were a little over the top for a first or second grade reading level. I think it is a good set up for leading children into higher reading levels. Overall the content of the story possessed value and I believe it was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

    The children¿s novel, Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great tale of a heroic adventure that the main character goes through along with her foreign cousin throughout the school year. The author Lenore Look tells this story through the eyes of Ruby, who now is a ¿smile buddy¿ to her immigrated deaf cousin Flying Duck from China. This is a great story that details the typical life of a young child with responsibility, her small verbal battles with her best friend, overcomes summer school and her ultimate fear of taking swimming lessons. Though what a summer she had, finally conquering her fears of water by blowing bubbles and making a great save. Ruby also learns Chinese sign language and many other neat facts about her multi-cultured summer classroom. This is a great book that many children can relate to, as many feel the need to be wanted and needed even at a young age. The trial that Ruby goes through makes her feel that she reached self-accomplishment and she even crosses off everything on her list to prove it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Diversity is covered...

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great way for way for showing young readers the challenges that come up in life. She has Chinese roots and her cousin, Flying Duck, and her parents come to live with Ruby to live the 'American Dream'. Flying Duck is deaf from a childhood accident and it presents more issues for herself and Ruby to deal with. Not only is Flying Duck deaf, she has to use sign language but she has to teach it to her new peers and Ruby. Ruby is kind of a bossy girl on her block. She and her friend , Emma deal with friendship issues along the whole book. As a future teacher, I think it covered many issues that students deal with like a new student, having someone in their class they need to adjust to signing, fear of swimming, keeping family traditions and how to solve relationship issues. On the other hand, in the eyes of a young reader, I would think this book is just ok. It's similarity to Junie B. Jones books was nice to remember all of those books I read as a child. Overall, the book is funny and enjoyable.I think the recommended age of the reader should be 7-9 or 1st-4th grade because chances are...a 10 or 11 year old will not want to be reading about what happened to a 2nd grader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Ruby Lu.. I love you!

    Lenore Look¿s Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, is a delightful chapter book that conveys the troubles and tribulations of a 2nd grader. With Look¿s enchanting main character Ruby Lu, combined with the dynamic character list of Ruby¿s immigrant and deaf cousin Flying Duck ¿aquaphobic¿ friend one day enemy the next, Emma her cooing baby brother Oscar and the rest of the plum club gang leads to an adventurous and funny book that all readers can enjoy. Through Ruby and her excitement of achieving her goal of being a ¿Smile Buddy¿ and her frustration with her immigrant relatives, enables the readers to get a glimpse into the ups and downs in a young child¿s life. Not only does this book show what a typical elementary school child could go through each day, it also introduces American and Chinese sign language to unknown readers, along with ways of dealing with people that are unique to others. The inclusion of ¿Ruby¿s and Flying Duck¿s Amazing and Awesome Glossaries¿ was a genius idea by the author in order to help her readers follow along and understand her writing. Therefore, Look¿s humorous writing style combined with Anne Wilsdorf¿s playful black and white illustrations is what makes Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, a book that can be understood by a variety of readers and keeps them wanting to read more. I would recommend this book to all parents and teachers that have or teach elementary aged children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is a great book to introduce new cultures, languages,and children with disabilities. Ruby Lu's opinion about her immigrant cousin Flying Duck are constantly changing. Initially she feels as though Flying Duck is amazing.Flying Duck speaks different languages, she eats odd foods, and plays new games. All of Ruby's attention is focused on Flying Duck. Her studies begin to fail, leading to her attendance to summer school. Through summer school Ruby learns how unique and amazing Flying Duck really is. The fact that she is deaf is not looked upon as a hinderance, but rather a skill. Flying Duck learns American Sign Language and teaches it to the rest of the class. They now have their own secret language they can use.

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