Ruby the Copycat
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Ruby the Copycat

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by Peggy Rathmann
     
 

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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 how much fun it is to be herself!See more details below

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Overview

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 how much fun it is to be herself!

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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:
07/10/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
131,422
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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