Through My Eyes

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Ruby Bridges recounts the pivotal story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the 1960 integration of her school in New Orleans. Photos.

Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

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Ruby Bridges recounts the pivotal story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the 1960 integration of her school in New Orleans. Photos.

Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

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USA TODAY
Thursday, March 23, 2000
LIFE

The best in the eyes of young readers by: Bob Minzesheimer

Norman Rockwell painted her when she was 6, surrounded by four federal marshals, marching to a New Orleans elementary school in the cause of integration.
Nearly 40 years later, Ruby Bridges turned her memories of that experience into a book for children. Today, Through My Eyes (Scholastic, $16.95) wins an award as 1999's best non-fiction children's book that "advances humanitarian ideals and serves as an inspiration to young readers." It's recommended for readers ages 7 to 12.
It's one of three awards from the Bank Street College of Education in New York. Each year, Bank Street organizes a children's book committee - half adults, half kids. They review 4,000 books and recommend 600 for various age groups.
'The work is shared by 28 librarians, teachers, authors and parents and 28 "young reviewers" (ages 7 to 15) from across the country who have in common a passion for books. Today, the committee issues the new edition of The Best Children's Books of the Year, which costs $8, and awards two others prizes:
- For a book "in which young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties" and "grow emotionally and moraly"- Gina Willner- Pardo for Figuring Out Frances (Houghton Mifflin, $14). It's about a 10-year-old girl who's trying to figure out boys, her mother and a grand- mother who has Alzheimer's. For readers 8 to 12.
- For the best poetry book - to Sonya Sones for Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy (HarperCollins, $14.95). It's about dealing with an older sister's mental breakdown. For readers 12 to 14.
For more information, call 212-8754540 or see www.bankstreet.edu/bookcom.

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Bridges tells her own story in remembering 1960, the year when, at the age of six, she walked through a raging crowd of segregationists to integrate a New Orleans school. Her writing is succinct and with her childhood perspective preserved, Bridges recounts the isolation that came from being the only black child in class, the caring of her teacher, her confusion at the angry crowds, the national publicity, portrayals by John Steinbeck and Norman Rockwell, and the courageous people who came forward to support her and change the course of history. Though Bridge's story takes center stage, the book is filled with powerful monochromatic photographs and the anecdotes of others who were part of her experience. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 9 up, $16.95. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Profusely illustrated with sepia photos-including many gritty journalistic reproductions-this memoir brings some of the raw emotions of a tumultuous period into sharp focus. In her recounting of the events of 1960-61, the year she became the first African-American child to integrate the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Bridges is true to her childhood memories. She is clear about what she remembers and what she later learned. Her account is accompanied by excerpts from newspaper articles, comments by her teacher, and a time line that fill in the details and place her story within the context of the Civil Rights Movement. The narrative draws a distinct contrast between the innocence of this six-year-old child who thought that "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate" was a jump-rope chant and the jeers of the angry crowd outside her school carrying a black doll in a coffin. A powerful personal narrative that every collection will want to own.-Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Bonnie Fowler
This eye-opening introduction to the civil rights movement, written on a child's level, is suitable for read-aloud and certain to provoke thoughtful discussion.
Bookbag Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590189231
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 55,565
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author


Ruby Bridges became a pioneer in school integration at the age of six, when she was chosen to spend her first-grade year in what had formerly been an all-white elementary school. Ruby Bridges now works as a lecturer, telling her story to adults and children alike. She lives with her husband and sons in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Through My Eyes is an inspiring memoir of Ruby Bridges, the six

    Through My Eyes is an inspiring memoir of Ruby Bridges, the six year old little girl who was chosen to help integrate a Louisiana school in 1960. This book recounts Bridges' experience as the only black student in a previously segregated school. Bridges was handpicked to be one of the first students to desegregate her neighborhood school. She had no idea how significant she would become to the civil rights movement.
    This book combines Bridges' own recollections with newspaper clippings and photographs that help convey the reality of the time period. Bridges recounts memories of being screamed at, spit at and threatened by the "upstanding" members of her community for daring to attend a white school. Can you imagine a community uniting in order to attack, threaten and terrorize a six year old child? The photographs in this book prove that that is exactly what occurred.
    I think my favorite thing about this book is that it tells the story of an ordinary person. Ruby bridges was not exceptional. She was not the biggest or the most passionate person in her community; she wasn't even especially concerned with any political movements of the time. She was simply a brave little girl who was forced into a situation that would frighten people five times her age- and she endured. Ruby Bridges teaches us that one person really can make a difference in the grand scheme of things. With a little courage, a little girl was transformed into a national martyr. This book won the Orbis Pictus award in 2000 for its account of this story. I would strongly recommend this book as a lesson on both the civil rights movement and as an inspirational testament to the idea that one person can make a difference.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    thanks Ruby you changed my life

    thanks Ruby you changed my life

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    it rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    cool story love it and great pics!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Inspiring and inspirational

    This book is one of the most powerful novels, a child or adult can read. It will move your heart and emotions. This story is about a brave African-American 6 year old, little girl, forced to deal with ignorant people in the 1950's. She began going to an integrated school, forcing to be protected by body guards, so that people would not harm her, because she was not white.
    This book tells the truth of what the minority had to go through during this time period. It was tough, brutal, and full of hatred. I do not know how this little girl had some much courage, but at 6 years old if she can get through something so terrible, it sets a good example for the rest of us to look up at. This book will make you want to stand up for what you believe in and not let others get pushed around because they are different.

    mrs3301

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    The Brave Adventure of a Six Year Old: a must read.

    In the Autobiography, Ruby Bridges allows the reader to look through her eyes at the time of racial hatred and rejection. Set in New Orleans during 1954, this story will bring the reader to a new and horrific understanding of life as a six year old during a time when schools were integrating into nonracial schools for both whites and blacks. Ruby Bridges faces much adversity. The situation is so hostile that she is escorted into school by not only her mother but the U.S. Federal Marshals. With a supportive mother and a reluctant father, Ruby pushed into the hands of William Frantz Public School. The little girl sees society through the eyes of the innocence that is childhood. Ruby faces her first year in integrated schooling alone. She is isolated not only mentally and emotionally but physically as well. But with the help of a willing and loving teacher who mentors her along the way, Ruby come out on top.

    This story will touch your heart and open your eyes to the truth that was racial prejudice during this time period. Its emotional ride will be one that brings you to the edge of your seat. This nonfiction book is something that pushes parents and teachers to spend time with students in order to read it and understand the graphic nature of the setting. It is a must read while teaching segregation but will require guidance in order for students to understand some of the content.

    snp3301

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Through Her Eyes to Mine-MLW 3301

    Through My Eyes written by Ruby Bridges is a heartfelt story of a young African American girl growing up in Southern North America in the 60's and 70's when segregation was still prominent. Ruby and her family moved from Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1958 she was only four at the time. Her family lived in the all black part of New Orleans. She was in-rolled in the first grade in 1960 at William Frantz Public school, an all white school. Ruby was the first African American to be in-rolled in this school. Ruby tells the story of attending an all white school in the state of Louisiana and all the hardships it brought to her life. Only being the age of six she did not realize that she was making her marks in history. Reading the story of the young girl going through so much as a child while changing history made me ponder on my thoughts of; How did she do it? Did she ever want to give up? The inspiration from a little girl facing something so big in her life made me determined that I have not had to face anything remotely close to what she did in her life to mine. Knowing that I can control my surroundings and determine how I want my life to be or how happy I want to be. I was extremely moved by this book. When reading this book make sure you place yourself in her shoes and feel what she was feeling to really understand where she is coming from. This book is a great book to read to young children or students when teaching about segregation. The pictures show them what it was like for little Ruby, if they are not able to paint a mental picture. Especially from a child's point in view, what they were going through, is a good way to show them the emotion stage of this time period. She and many others of African American race helped in making our time in history less complicated and more peaceful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    cjf3301

    Through My Eyes is a wonderful nonfiction book for children. It is a heartfelt story about how schools became integrated in the 1960's. It was not an easy task and little Ruby Bridges was a brave little black girl. Ruby and her teacher found a friendship within each other that created a bond that could never be broken. They helped each other through the struggles of life. Protesters were mean to everyone involved in the process of integrating the Louisiana schools. Ruby Bridges faced these protesters every day along with a few other black children. This was a tragic time in history, but with the strong spirit of such young children history was and is changed forever.
    This is such a great book that I truly love. So many people fought for the freedom and equality of black people. I think this book opens children's eyes to the fact that they can change the world. They realize that even at such a young age that they can have a huge impact on this world and our society. I would recommend this book for anyone especially young people that are struggling with believing in themselves.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Through her eyes wrw3301

    The autobiography "Through My Eyes" written by Ruby Bridges tells stories of struggles and destitution. As a child during the time of segregation, Bridges was forced to face the ridicule of white people. During the 1960's many African Americans including Ruby and her family faced difficulties that would unknowingly change history forever. At age six, Ruby began a new journey to an unfamiliar school and finds that she was not welcome. Marking the first year of integration, Bridges, escorted by four federal marshals, walked the steps of William Frantz, an all-white public school. Her first day of the first grade made for a long, interesting, and difficult first year of history.

    This story of Ruby Bridges and the "Little Rock Nine" is inspiring and gives readers the courage and hope to overcome huge barriers and challenges. Ruby's story is illuminated through pictures, comments from family members and spectators, and newspaper articles written during her childhood. Each article written contributes to the apparent bravery of the first graders who put their lives at risk to stop segregation.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Through My Eyes review - By Carli Criswell

    Through My Eyes is the story of a young black girl growing up in New Orleans during the 1960s named Ruby Bridges. Ruby was the first black girl enrolled in Louisiana's all white William Frantz Public school when she was just six years old. Ruby tells the story of how difficult it was to be the only black child in her school and to be at the topic of discussion for the whole nation. Even though she faced hard times she was determined to pave the way for future black students, and that's exactly what she did.

    No matter the amount of hatred, disgust and racism that was at the forefront of her ever day life she persevered and overcame it all. This story is not only a pleasure to read and be a part of but the courage of young Ruby Bridges is incredible and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Im seeing it with my eyes.

    six-year-old Ruby Bridges, became one of the first African-American students to intergrade in an all-white school. Ruby tells her story in this autobiography, which is also an account of events during the civil rights struggles. She recalls on the way she saw integration at such a young age. Now as an adult she fills in the gaps on things that she ignored as a child. Throughout the book, photographs capture the events and struggles faced by many African Americans. It's like taking a trip through the past and seeing through our own eyes the events that mark the United States as a nation. The quotes from newspaper accounts of the time are a unique touch that relives the moments and strongly supports the events that swept up New Orleans during the 1960. Aside from being autobiography it serves as a historical document.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa Written By: Veronica Chambers and Illustrated By: Julie Maren

    I thought that this book was extremely educational and very interesting to read. There was a lot of really great information in it, but because of the illustrations, I think it would be very entertaining for children to read. Before examining the book, I had no idea who Celia Cruz was. The only reason I actually picked it out, was because of the cover and the illustrations inside. I was pleased to find out all that I did. Celia Cruz was a talented and determined singer who went far in her life despite the fact that not everyone believed in her (especially her father who thought she should have been a teacher). This is an inspiring story that can give hope to others, and teach people to follow their dreams.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

    Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges - Book Review by Bryan Hyde

    This is the story of Ruby Bridges - a young black girl, who at the age of six, became the first black girl to integrate into William Frantz Public School in Louisiana. Despite encountering racial biases and prejudices Ruby was determined to make a difference for black students that followed. This narrative is told by Ruby Bridges and includes newspaper articles, photographs and quotes from this time in history.

    It is impossible to read this book without being moved. To read about how this young girl endured enormous amounts of racism and hatred without fighting back is inspiring and encourages readers to stand up for what they believe is right. This would be an excellent book to keep in the classroom to promote diversity and acceptance.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

    A story that will inspire us all.

    I've heard many stories about Ruby Bridges and I seen the Disney movie based on her story, but reading the events from the point-of-view of little Ruby Bridges herself was the best I've ever heard it. I loved how she told the reader what she, a 6-year old was thinking about various events that were taking place in her life. I began to look at the story from a little girl's perspective. I often stopped reading to think, "What would I have done?" or "How would I have felt?"

    There were parts in the story that made me began to feel sorry for Ruby, but her words of determination and courage made me feel good about her movement. By the end of the book, I knew Ruby Bridges wanted the world to know she was a brave little girl that had no regrets for facing integration head on.

    Through My Eyes is a story of inspiration. Anyone who reads this book will be inspired to face their greatest fears and accomplish what they may think is the impossible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    I love it

    I love this book.Just by reading it made me think I might want to keep this book. She is a very brave person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    Informative, Helpful

    I used this book for a school project-and got an A+! Ruby Bridges's book, Through My Eyes, is a story about the life of a black girl that you'll want to read over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2003

    Great Novel On The Tough Topic of Integration

    I am a seventh grader who is studying the topic of itegration. As a class we read the memoir of Melba Patillo one of the Little Rock Nine integrating Central High School of Little Rock. In her book she includes violent scenes such as her being raped at age 12. The entire class found the book too grahic and was too hard to read large quantities at a time because of the content. We all thought it was a great book but it might be good for older students. I havn't read this book but it seems so similar to Melba's situation but probably less graphic because it is made for gardes 4-7 students. I was greatly disturbed by Warrior don't cry and will read this book in order to inform my teacher there are other books that are bettre for our grade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    BEST BOOK!

    I totally love this book! It was amazing, touching. My library teacher had recommended it to me and I thought it was not going to be fun to read. BUT, I was wrong. I have recommended it to my friends they read it and also love it. I hope you also enjoy reading this wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Wonderful! Touching and Informative!

    Through My Eyes tells of Ms. Bridges'experiences as the only black girl sent to integrate the previously all white William Frantz School in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her own words, Ms. Bridges recalls her thoughts and feelings as she, a first grader completely unaware of the hatred swirling in the world around her, was escorted by U.S. Marshals to and from school every day. The book includes quotes from her parents, teacher, author John Steinbeck, and newspapers of the time. Piece by piece, we get a glimpse into the hatred and terror that a little black girl marched into every day for the sake of equality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    A unique and beautiful book

    Ruby Bridges was the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting, and John Steinbeck wrote about her in TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE. In fact, he made a detour in his itinerary to watch Ruby Bridges as she marched to school, chaperoned by four federal marshalls. It's hard to believe that in 1960, integration was such a scary idea to Americans (well, I guess we're still working on it). Of course, Ruby Bridges, age 6, didn't know any of this. All she knew was that there were lots of people standing outside her school yelling ('Was it Mardis Gras?' she wondered.) And she was the only girl in her class, and maybe in the entire school. This isn't only the story of Ruby Bridges, but also the story of the many people who took risks to make integration possible in New Orleans in the 1960s. I loved the juxtaposition of Ruby Bridges' account with newspaper clippings, black and white photos and other first-hand sources. This book contains many beautiful anecdotes illustrating how hope and laughter can spring up in the most unexpected places. For example, when Ruby Bridges attended school those first couple of months, she was met by an angry jeering crowd, many of whom shouted: 'Two four six eight, we don't want to integrate. Eight six four two we don't want no chiggeroo.' Ruby had no idea what these words meant, but she thought they would make a good jump rope song. She went home and taught it to all the girls on her block and they skipped to it all year long! My eleven-year-old daughter also loved this book. Thank you, Ruby, for sharing your experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2010

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