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The Story of Ruby Bridges

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school with this paperback reissue!

The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert ...

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Overview


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school with this paperback reissue!

The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles' powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!

For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ruby Bridges was the sole African American child to attend a New Orleans elementary school after court-ordered desegregation in 1960. Noted research psychiatrist Coles tells how federal marshals escorted the intrepid six-year-old past angry crowds of white protestors thronging the school. Parents of the white students kept them home, and so Ruby "began learning how to read and write in an empty classroom, an empty building." Although there are disappointingly few words from Ruby herself, Coles's use of quotes from her teacher adds to the story's poignancy ("Sometimes I'd look at her and wonder how she did it.... How she went by those mobs and sat here all by herself and yet seemed so relaxed and comfortable"). The story has a rather abrupt ending; the concluding page reprints the prayer that Ruby said daily, asking God to forgive the protesters. Coles cursorily finishes the tale of Ruby's unsettling year in an afterword (two boys and then the rest of the students returned to school; the mobs dispersed by the time Ruby entered second grade). Ford (Bright Eyes, Brown Skin; Paul Robeson) contributes affecting watercolors that play up Ruby's moral courage. Ages 5-9. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Ruby Bridges was six years old when she was chosen to be one of the first black children to enter the New Orleans school system. She became a focus for racial hatred and bitterness, but nothing could stop her from daily uttering a prayer of forgiveness for those who surrounded her with words of ill will.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This story tugs at our conscience as we read of 6-year-old Ruby who was the first black child to integrate an all white school in New Orleans in 1960. What hurdles she had to overcome as she faced mobs of angry whites hurling insults as she walked to school each day with the federal marshals. Maintaining dignity and courage throughout this ordeal, she set an example that will be remembered for all time. Touching illustrations portray the times and loneliness of Ruby. Update on Ruby: she is currently the parent coordinator at the same school she integrated!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439472265
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 39,511
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for volumes two and three of the five-volume work CHILDREN IN CRISIS, Robert Coles is the author of many distinguished books for adults. A research psychiatrist at Harvard University, Dr. Coles lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.

George Ford has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including RAY CHARLES by Sharon Bell Mathis, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and PAUL ROBESON by Eloise Greenfield, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Mr. Ford lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    moving

    Very educational book. I have used it both in my everyday classroom and in my Sunday school class. When paired with Norman Rockwell's “The Problem We All Live With," it becomes a very moving lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Recommend

    My 8 year old granddaughter reslly wanted this book for her birthday. I tink she learned about secregation and predjudice in school and it interested her. I ordered it on line and when it arrived by mail, I red it and its a really good book for children to read.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Best Book Ever!

    This is a amazing book! Very touching.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book is a must have for the classroom!

    This book is great for African American History month readings, making connections to history, and developing critical thinking skills.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    Powerful

    Ruby Bridges was an amazing little girl. With all the issues she had to overcome on a daily basis and still have a positive attitude is just incredible. When thinking back to the 1950's, life was hard enough just being a young African American girl, when adding the pressure of being the first enrolled into an all white school must have been overwhelming. When you read about Ruby and see the way she handles all the negative comments and aggressive behavior it's inspiring to everyone. I read this book to my seven year old son and he mush have had fifty comments and questions about Ruby. This is a great and inspiring book for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Great Book.

    I presented this book for a Children Literature class. This book is so powerful. It is amazing what young African-Americans had to go through just to get the basics in life - like going to a public school!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Slightly Disapointing

    This book has interesting quotes and wonderful pictures, but the story line didn't quite capture things in full detail. Like how hard it must have been to walk through those crowds and be only six years old. Again, quotes = great, content and detail = not so great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    Book Report

    When I went on to this site my kid wanted to read the discription so I read it to her and then she told me to buy it and when I did It got to my house very soon...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    My Opinion On The Story Of Ruby Brides

    The Story Of Ruby Bridges was an exceptional book. It amazes me how a 6 year old little girl can be so courageous and strong. She kept going to school even though all of her classmates stopped coming. That definetly shows that her and her family knew what was most important. That being Ruby getting her education. I loved when she stopped in front of the crowd that was taunting her and began to pray for them. It takes alot to pray for those to have hurt you and she had no problem doing that. I also think it gives kids a good outlook on how things use to be and how they should treat others as they want to be treated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    The amazing story of Ruby Bridges

    Ruby Bridges was an amazing person from heaven. She really had to have a lot of courage to go into that all white school. Leaving all your friends. Having people yell nasty things at you.

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