Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes


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In November 1960, all of America watched as a tiny six-year-old black girl, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. An icon of the civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges chronicles each dramatic step of this pivotal event in history through her own words.

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ISBN-13: 9780590189231
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 47,575
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Through My Eyes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ktibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book told from the first person point of view of Ruby Bridges herself, the first girl to integrate into a white school. The power of this book is that it is written in Ruby's own words with her own memories, most of which are very innocent and misunderstanding of what is going on around her. The book has excellent real photographs of the events as well.
Brooke28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book gives students a chance to see the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of a child. It gives factual information in an interesting way.
CarolyneBegin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about Ruby Bridges, one of the first children to be integrated into the public school system in Louisiana. As we all know public schools in the past were segregated by race. In the 1960s a law was passed and children, starting with the lower grades, were integrated into public schools. This caused an uproar in the communities and it was often taken out on the children and their families. Ruby was one of the first children to be integrated and this book tells her story as a 5 year old simply trying to go to school.I really enjoyed ready this from Ruby's perspective. Her memories of events brings a unique view to her story and really shows the impact of our actions. Her family went through so much in order to be strong and guide her through this and they all had a hard time. I was amazed at her courage and at the ignorance of the people around her. I cannot believe that these events happened so late in this countries history. It is appalling and I could go on and on but I really enjoyed this book and the bit of perspective that it gave me on these events. I am glad that people like Ruby and her family stood up for their rights and continue to do so. I think this would be a very important book to read in a classroom.
szierdt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very important book and the United States is so fortunate to have such an intimate written piece documenting the experience of Ruby Bridges. Children and adults can take away understanding and meaning from this book. Throughout, other issues and important political players are introduced. This book would be a perfect springboard for exploring the civil rights movement and race relations. I appreciate that Bridges doesn't leave behind the reality that today, many schools are being virutually segregated again due to unequality and lasting discrimination. A very sould touching read.
juju1220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! A story about integration in the south and the strength and courage that little Ruby Bridges had to wake up each morning and attend an all white school. The book provided actual interviews from her family, teachers and presidents about integrations in the south public schools. I enjoyed learning about the facts that surrounded this turmoil in the 60's. This would be a great addition to include with curriculum about the civil rights movement in the US.
AllisonBates on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges1.This nonfiction work is written as a narrative from Ruby Bridges¿ personal perspective about the struggles she endured in New Orleans as one of the first black children to be integrated in Louisiana. Ruby discusses not only her personal experience, but how it relates to the greater issues of civil rights ensuing in both her state and nation. Sometimes Ruby¿s understanding of issues as a first grader are vague in comparison to the reality of what was actually going on, but these understandings are what eventually shape her as she grew to womanhood. Also, from that adult mindset Rudy looks back to explain how and why she felt the way she did about things she did not quite comprehend at the time. Actual pictures, quotes from other people involved in Ruby¿s situation, and clips from magazines enhance the story to bring the actual history to a vivid reality.2.As a nonfiction book, this could couple just about any unit on civil rights. Students could compare the difference between Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry and Through my Eyes to discuss how the times in the South did or did not change between these two time periods. How are Civil Rights progressing or not progressing? Also, students could do mini research activities on other people mentioned or quoted in the book, such as John Steinbeck, Thurgood Marshall, and various presidents. How did all of these people combined working for a single goal make a difference? If one of them decided to back down how would it have been for Ruby? Show students the Norman Rockwell painting. How is the Ruby depicted here different for the same as the Ruby that she herself describes in Through my Eyes?3.This book, though written as a true account, is very easy to become entranced with. The fact that such a story actually happened gives the reader even more incentive to keep reading. As Ruby tells her own story as a narrative ( instead of just a historical description that students are used to), the impact and significance of what happened to her becomes so much more pertinent. This is not a picture of a black girl walking to school with a blurb; it is a personal reflection of the emotions, pressures, and consequences of everything that her entire first grade year produced. Ruby Bridges makes an accurate historical event come alive, and the fact that she lived it and can attest to the personal effects of it makes the story even more amazing.
jdieder104 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brave family to put their child in such a difficult situation. The family had tobear a lot of injustice for justice. Thankful there are families that would stand up for what is right.
PeterSinclair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ruby was one of the first African American's to enter the halls of an integrated public school. This story is so poignantly sad because of the way mothers, teenagers and adults responded to integration. The insults and threats that were presented to a small child are physically sickening. Ruby Bridges is a book about faith. Her mother was so strong to send her in the midst of much turmoil. Her father was right to have fear for his daughter and his family. I don't know if I would have sent my daughter into that kind of fire. Ruby Bridges perserverence and telling of her story is very important in our society today. Racism is like a disease, but I think this book can be a cure.
judychadwick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is written by Ruby Bridges and tells of her experiences with integration. There are sections written by others who took part in that very important part of American history. There are many pictures and newspaper articles from that time as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thanks Ruby you changed my life
cupcake33 More than 1 year ago
cool story love it and great pics!
mrs3301 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
cjf3301 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
wsquared More than 1 year ago
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.
cc3301 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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la_heming More than 1 year ago
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.
BCH80 More than 1 year ago
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.
birminghambn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago