Ruby the Copycat

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A distinctive story about individuality, from award-winning author and illustrator Peggy Rathmann

Ruby is a copycat! It's the first day of school, and Ruby is new. When her classmate Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby comes back from lunch wearing a red bow, too. When Angela wears a flowered dress, suddenly Ruby's wearing one, too. Fortunately, Ruby's teacher knows a better way to help Ruby fit in-by showing Ruby how much fun it is to be...

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Overview


A distinctive story about individuality, from award-winning author and illustrator Peggy Rathmann

Ruby is a copycat! It's the first day of school, and Ruby is new. When her classmate Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby comes back from lunch wearing a red bow, too. When Angela wears a flowered dress, suddenly Ruby's wearing one, too. Fortunately, Ruby's teacher knows a better way to help Ruby fit in-by showing Ruby how much fun it is to be herself.

Ruby insists on copying Angela, until her teacher helps her discover her own creative resources.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It seems that something other than coincidence is at work when diminutive Ruby, a newcomer to Miss Hart's class, is entranced by schoolmate Angela's attention-getting red bow and returns from lunch with an identical bow atop her head. Ruby's maddening habit becomes increasingly apparent as she happily endures a rainbow of wet paint in imitation of Angela's hand-painted outfit, proudly plagiarizes Angela's poetry and tries pink press-on nails after admiring Miss Hart's manicure. Finally, challenged to display a talent all her own, Ruby admits that she likes to hop and masterfully bounces around her desk. To her surprise, she impresses her classmates and wins Angela's friendship at last. Rathmann's expressively illustrated, quirky and individualistic first book encourages readers to have confidence and not to take skills, however unimpressive they may seem, for granted. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
When Ruby starts her new school, she is anxious to have Angela like her. Angela sits in the seat in front of Ruby and wears a red bow in her hair. At lunchtime Ruby hops home and returns for the afternoon session with a red bow in her hair. The next day Angela wears a lavender sweater with daisies on it. Ruby appears after lunch wearing a lavender sweater with daisies attached with safety pins. At first Angela is flattered with Ruby's copycatting ways, but eventually she gets fed up. When Ruby obviously copies her poem and reads it to the class, Angela sends her a nasty note and stops speaking to her. Miss Hart, the sensitive and understanding teacher, keeps Ruby after school and talks to her about the importance of being herself. Unfortunately, Ruby misses the point. She stops copying Angela, but shows up with plastic pink fingernails in an attempt to copy Miss Hart. Finally, Ruby demonstrates what she is really good at—hopping. She hops joyfully around the classroom. Then her classmates catch her enthusiasm and she is the leader as all of them hop about. Now that she has found her own identity, Ruby discovers that Angela is a good friend. An enjoyable read aloud with potential for instigating some interesting discussions among young listeners.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- A book with a strong story and complementary illustrations that addresses the philosophical question of individuality vs. conformity. Ruby, the new girl at school, is immediately taken with Angela's bright red bow. At lunchtime she hops home and returns with a similar bow in her hair. Throughout the week she copies not only what Angela wears but also what she says and does. By Friday Angela is fed up. Their teacher tells Ruby, ``You can be anything you want to be, but be Ruby first.'' On Monday Ruby has moved on to copying her. Prodded by Miss Hart, she admits to having simply spent her weekend hopping, at which point she starts a hopping jamboree and now she is the one who is copied. Watch out-- young readers will immediately begin doing the ``Ruby Hop.'' The artwork is reminiscent of both Amy Schwartz and Kevin Henkes; it's fun, expressive, character oriented, and done in colorful pencil-and-ink drawings. A small gem. --Martha Topol, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439472289
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/10/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 64,979
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Ruby is a copycat! On the day Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby returns from lunch wearing a red bow in her hair, too!

Fortunately, Ruby has a very perceptive teacher who helps Ruby discover her own creative resources, which keep Ruby literally jumping for joy!

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2011

    love

    i absolutely lovee this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Great for kids

    It is great for long trips and your kids will love it trust me because i am a kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Love it

    Kids are able to listen and read along in the car

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

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    I love this book i remember when i was a little girl they read this book to me and it was very educational in the fact that u learn that u don't always have to copy someone because u can be special on your own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    its sooo good

    i have it in my shelf labled FAVES its soooo cute

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    the bomb

    u should read this book is my fav

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Very Good

    I found this to be a very good and enjoyable book to read to my kids. I was hesitant in getting it at first but I'm glad that I made the purchase.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    great read for classroom

    I read this book to my students each year as a way to discourage copy cat behavior! It is also a great way to celebrate individual differences. I reccommend this book to all teachers, parents, and young children.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    A Classic Children's Book

    I am now 23yrs old and my mother bought this book for me when I was 8 or 9yrs old. I enjoyed this book as a child and I came across it when I was searching for this book for a young cousin of mine and purchased it and she too loves it...a good funny book for the kids. :-)

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Terrific! The dialoge it started

    Eight year old granddaughter and I read together... loved the book... then we loved talking about being your own person after... author did a good job with this age group and brought the point home about being yourself.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Jees!!

    Dont cuss!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    a reviewer

    'On Thursday morning, during sharing time, Angela modeled the flower girl dress that she wore at her sister's wedding. Ruby modeled her flower girl dress too, right after lunch.' In this story, 'Ruby the Copycat', by Peggy Rathman, Ruby keeps copying Angela and Angela does not like it. Also, Ruby is a new student in Angela's class. Everytime Angela is wearing a cute outfit Ruby hops home and puts on the same outfit as Angela. At the end Ruby decided that she should not copy people. This book make me laugh because it's such a great story. Any age could enjoy this funny book! Have fun reading!

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