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Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Ruby Lu: Empress of Everything: a well written book kids are sure to enjoy

    This amusing and often comical story, takes you through a year in the life of spunky second-grader, Ruby Lu. In Ruby Lu:Empress of Everything, by Lenore Look, readers experience the challenges, conundrums, thoughts, and emotions of Ruby Lu as she finishes the second grade, adjusts to the presence of her Chinese immigrant relations in her home, including a deaf cousin of her own age, deals with school and friendship issues, and overcomes a fear. This is an excellent read that first-third graders will find delight in (as well as teachers, parents, and college education majors). Its easy flowing style, utilizing relatively simple but smart vocabulary, accommodates first-third graders reading levels, while a glossary full of more complex words included in the book, encourages growth. The book¿s lighthearted style, series of events, and comical anecdotes will keep children interested. The book entertains and informs. Children will learn about immigration, the deaf, friendships, and fears. The main character, Ruby Lu, is one that children will be able to identify with. They will also be able to relate to some of her experiences. Readers will fall in love with clever illustrations done by Anne Wilsdorf that, full of character and action, help to bring the story to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Ruby Lu: An excellent story for young readers

    Grade 1-4. Ruby Lu is estatic when she is assigned to be a 'smile buddy' for her deaf Chinese cousin who emigrates to live with her family. She loves all of the exciting details of her new life living with her cousin, Flying Duck. Ruby Lu takes her 'smile buddy' responsiblities so seriously that she neglects to take her own work seriously, and ends up facing summer school with her cousin in order to catch up and get some extra help. Motivated Ruby creates a 12-step summer goal plan, and gets great satisfaction out of succeeding each of her goals. Ruby Lu is a humorous, charming and lovable character that young children will be able to relate to. It teaches the importance of diversity along with friendship and important life lessons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Humorous and informative

    My nine year old daughter and I loved this book. Ruby Lu has humorous and exciting daily adventures. Her adventures take place at home, on the school playground, at soccer practice, and during swimming lessons. Ruby Lu is also adjusting to living with her cousin, Flying Duck and her parents, who emigrate to the U.S. from China. Flying Duck is also deaf. Ruby Lu has new experiences learning about their cultural differences. At first, she is excited learning Chinese sign language and playing new games such as mah-jongg. Then, she decides she doesn't like immigration anymore when everything at home is different. They don't speak English anymore and their forks are replaced with chopsticks. Ruby Lu and Flying Duck face many challenges together as they learn to adapt to their differences. A great book for elementary children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Loved Ruby Lu!

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything was a great read.The character Ruby has to struggle through problems with friends and the confusion of other students not understanding her culture. Even though these are great ideas to present to children, the reason most kids will want to read this book is because Ruby is so funny. Ruby Lu possesses such great humor because of Lenore Look's ability to offer an insight into a second-graders thought process. I think this book will appeal to grades K-3 (even though they will need help understanding some of the words.) For all of those adults out there looking for a book to read to kids that will also entertain them, read Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything and laugh out loud! P.S. Don't forget to read the glossary. It is the best part!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Ruby Lu Empress of Everything

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything takes a look at cultural differences and similarities within a family. Both main characters are Asian yet culturally different. The book is funny and interesting. Ruby Lu¿s cousin Flying Duck and her parents, come to live with Ruby¿s family. Ruby was hoping that at last she would have a best friend and so it seems she may. There are many different realistic events that take place in this book. Ruby makes new friendships and test old ones. Ruby is a little girl who is Empress of Everything and would be a great read for any third grader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Book Review

    Grade 1-3-- After Ruby Lu's cousin, Flying Duck, immigrates to the United States from China, Ruby's initial excitement over having a new friend turns to frustration as her world is turned upside down. For example, although Ruby is chosen to be a 'Smile Buddy' at school to help Flying Duck adjust to her new surroundings, Ruby's homework suffers in the process. Although Ruby likes playing mah-jongg with her relatives, she must deal with everyone speaking Cantonese at home. Learning to cope with change is a key theme in this book, a humorous, easy-to-read novel. Not only do the characters face many challenges young readers can relate to, but the fun illustrations add to the story. With a comical yet helpful glossary and a Chinese sign language handbook, the adventure continues even after the story has finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Ruby Lu is exciting!

    In Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, Ruby is learning to deal with all of life's little problems. She first has to accommodate herself with some family moving in, not to mention they are from China. At first this was exciting, but Ruby soon got sick of her cousin, Flying Duck, and she was no longer thrilled. Fortunately she became a 'smile buddy', which was a great honor, but eventually got herself in some trouble. Both Ruby and Flying Duck were assigned to summer school which threw all her summer plans for a loop. Swim school was another adventure that lead to a lesson learned, involving her on again off again best friend Emma. Athough few, the pictures in the book help you visualize the craziness in Ruby's life. This is a definite must read for any child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Ruby Lu is great for children

    Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, by Lenore Look is truly outstanding. This book is funny and you learn a lot. From summer school, immigration, swimming lessons, Chinese sign language, and things that Chinese people say and do are all a part in this book. Ruby¿s cousin, Flying Duck, emigrates from China to live with her. Ruby gets to learn about how immigration affects people and others around. She learns a lot from her cousin. In addition, there is sign language that you learn, that is in Chinese, provided at the end of the book. Children will definitely want to learn the sign language as they read along even learning some Chinese words also. This book is a great way to talk about immigration in terms that children will understand. Have your child read it, because it really is a great book and they will learn a lot from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    What A Great Book For Kids

    This book is great for students who are in the 1st and 2nd grade. It explains things that some people have to deal with in life, simple enough for younger children to understand. Some students will even pick up the Chinese sign language along the way. Ruby Lu and the Empress of Everything keeps children engaged with the characters and the things that they do.

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    Posted January 19, 2010

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