Ruby Mae Has Something to Say

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Miss Ruby Mae Foote of Nada, Texas, has a big ambition: to deliver a message of universal peace and understanding at the United Nations. Problem is, she's tongue-tied! Can a makeshift invention turn Ruby Mae into a political sensation? From Caldecott Honor artist David Small, here's the wise and funny tale of an ordinary woman—with an extraordinary message.

Tongue-tied Ruby Mae Foote fulfills her dream of speaking for world peace at the United Nations when her nephew...

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Overview

Miss Ruby Mae Foote of Nada, Texas, has a big ambition: to deliver a message of universal peace and understanding at the United Nations. Problem is, she's tongue-tied! Can a makeshift invention turn Ruby Mae into a political sensation? From Caldecott Honor artist David Small, here's the wise and funny tale of an ordinary woman—with an extraordinary message.

Tongue-tied Ruby Mae Foote fulfills her dream of speaking for world peace at the United Nations when her nephew Billy Bob invents a device to solve her speech problem.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Small's ( Imogene's Antlers ) keen sense of fun and comic flair infiltrate both the text and the cartoony pictures that tell this winning story of Ruby Mae Foote, whose Texas home is the World Headquarters for Universal Peace and Understanding. Because the speech of this tongue-tied, engagingly disheveled woman often sounds like gibberish, it seems unlikely that she will ever fulfill her dream of delivering a message of peace at the United Nations. But her nephew, Billy Bob, wires some kitchen utensils onto an old colander, thus creating the ``Bobatron''--a hat-like device that enables Ruby Mae to speak articulately and intelligently. Billy Bob comes to his aunt's rescue when a bird flies off with her Bobatron, and Ruby Mae at last gets her chance to share her important message with the world. Even the youngest readers will benefit from the wisdom of Ruby Mae's simple declaration, and they will be highly amused by the goings-on leading up to it. Ages 4-9. (Aug . )
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tongue-tied but clear-sighted Ruby Mae addresses a U.N. delegation with the help of an unusual headpiece and a good sense of humor. "A winning story," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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K-Gr 3-- Ruby Mae Foote, whose dream of delivering a message of ``universal peace and understanding'' before the United Nations, is thwarted by her inability to speak clearly without garbling and mixing up her words. Her nephew's wacky invention, the ``Bobatron,'' which is assembled from kitchen gadgets and worn on the head, gives Ruby Mae the confidence to conquer public speaking. When she loses the Bobatron just before her speech, she is unable to carry on until her young nephew rushes to the U. N. kitchen to construct another, enabling her to declaim that it is better to speak clearly even though you look foolish than to look good while talking nonsense. While Small excels in blending whimsy with wisdom, both may elude young readers. Some of Ruby Mae's garbled gabble is quite funny when read aloud, but much of the humor will be lost on children who do not ``get'' the wordplay or grasp the abstractions. Unfortunately, when the hapless Ruby Mae is faced with the necessity of speaking without her support mechanism, she cannot. Furthermore, her declaration that ``. . . to achieve universal peace and understanding on this planet, you have only to speak plainly'' is simplistic in the extreme and may be downright misleading. Marc Brown's Arthur Meets the President (Little, 1991) deals with a similar problem in a more successful way. Still, if children have never heard of the U. N. or considered the meaning of ``universal peace and understanding,'' this may be a lighthearted place to begin.-- Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517582480
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/1992
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.58 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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