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The Story of Ruby Bridges

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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 ...more
Published September 1st 2010 by Perfection Learning (first published 1995)
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Melissa Fordonski
The Story of Ruby Bridges is a classic example of how courageous, non-violent people and acts helped end the civil rights movement. I read this book to my class every year at least once, so that they can see the power a young school girl had just through her actions. Every time I read this story, I am inspired to make sure that my students are not limited to the opportunities that they have in school. The story begins by introducing Ruby, a young African-American girl growing up in the South dur ...more
Taylor Adams
Nov 20, 2012 Taylor Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Main Characters: Ruby

Settings: 1960, New Orleans

P.O.V: First Person

Summary: The book is a short biography of Ruby Bridges in 1960 when her family moved from Mississippi to New Orleans. The family wanted a better life. The family dealt with discrimination and segregation considering they were Black in a primarily White town. A judge ordered Ruby to attend an all White school for first grade called Frantz Elementary School. Ruby faced harsh words, punishment and discrimination while attending the
Title: The Story of Ruby Bridges
Coles, R., & Ford, G. (1995). The story of Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic.

Annotation: Young Ruby Bridges is a first grader trying to attend school during segregation. School is a lonely place with just her teacher to keep her company. An angry mob waits outside to yell at her every morning but Ruby finds the courage to continue to go to school and even to pray for forgiveness for those who hate her.

Genre: Biography/Nonfiction

Grade Level: 2
Heather Berk
Feb 09, 2015 Heather Berk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Biography (Grades 3-5)
This was the inspiring true story about young Ruby Bridges. She was one of only four little African American girls that was ordered to go to an all-white school in an attempt at desegregation. She was six years old and had the weight of America's social injustices on her tiny shoulders. She began a routine of being escorted into school by federal marshals and having a classroom all to herself because no one wanted their children to be in school with her. However, she mainta
This book almost made me cry! The civil rights movement and the stories about the families that lived through this time is tough to read about. I found myself getting very angry also while I read this book, and I really wanted to ''go inside the book'' and tell the crowd of people to stop behaving like they did. The part that touched me the most was when I read Ruby's prayer. It was so touching and inspiering. As Martin Luther King said, Love is the key to the world's problems. I really saw that ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This story really brings the reality of what life was like during the desegregation of schools and how our faith in God should be like that of a child's. Ellie received this book during the summer library reading program in 2011. We read this again for CC3 wk#20 (brown vs. board of education). Jacob rates this book 4 stars.
Madeline Wakem
This book showed how brave Ruby Bridges was even though people yelled at her for going to school everyday.
Jun 06, 2016 EDUC535 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiara Dietz

The Story of Ruby Bridges is a historical fiction story about Ruby Bridges, a young African American girl, during the Civil Rights Movement. The story captures the unjust ways of thinking and living of the white people during the Movement. Ruby Bridges is sent to an all-White school with a few other African American children. The white students react negatively to Ruby as she walks into school every day, but does Ruby let it affect her? Find out in this moving story about the bravery
Christina Koester
The story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is in the genre of picture books. This book is for the ages of four to eight years old. The Story of Ruby Bridges is about an African American girl named Ruby that looks about six years old. Ruby changed American history when she was the first African American child sent to the first grade at a white school. The reason I rated the book the way I did was because I feel this is very important to learn about and to fight about. It was ashamed that no one wa ...more
Dariana Carlon
Apr 14, 2016 Dariana Carlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Bridges is the main character in this book. The book explains how Ruby Bridges was separated from the white kids in a different school. She goes to court with her mother and the court allowed Ruby to attend a school with white students. The students did not show up to class and there were people outside the school yelling mean things to Ruby. Ruby still attended school and paid no attention. She stood high above the negativity.

This book describes a partial story of Ruby Bridges. It describ
The Story of Ruby Bridges is a biography that depicts the life of a young girl named Ruby. Ruby is a six year old girl who moves from Missouri to Louisiana during the 1960's. Right around the time of her move the president allows schools to be segregated starting with 4 children. Rosy joins Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, but shortly after everyone but her stops going. On her walk to school an angry mob yells and screams at her and when she reaches the building the only ones present are ...more
Megan Nelson
Ruby Bridges was born in Tylertown, MS, and her family was very poor. When her father lost his job, her family moved to New Orleans, where it was against the law for white children and black children to go to school together. In 1960, when Ruby was just six-years-old, a judge in New Orleans ordered her and three other girls to go to school; Ruby was sent by herself to school. Ruby changed history by being the first black girl to go to an all-white school. Never once was Ruby afraid, even though ...more
Sue Edwards
Oct 22, 2015 Sue Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of us have seen the iconic photo of Ruby Bridges, the little girl being led by marshalls through the hate-filled crowd. I always shudder when I see the distorted faces of the women screaming at her. All she wanted to do was go to a good school.

Every day Ruby came to school. Every day she sat alone in the classroom. The only student in attendance. The sole focus of her teacher, Mrs. Henry. Henry marvelled that Ruby appeared so calm. As the days wore on she expected this to change but every d
Heather Elliott
Sep 19, 2015 Heather Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole is a juvenile biography picture book intended for second- fifth grade readers. In a simplistic fashion, Cole tells the story of Ruby Bridges during the time of segregation and being court ordered to go to an all-white elementary school. Cole’s descriptive and easy to read text informs readers about the mob that would wait outside of the school everyday protesting against Ruby’s attendance, how Ruby did not receive any help from the local or state police, ...more
Caitlin Lawler
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is about an african american family in the town of Tylertown, Mississippi where six year old ruby is sent to attend an all white school at the beginning of the new school year. This was a huge struggle for the time period because of the Jim Crow laws whites and blacks were separated. The supreme court found this unlawful and said that “separate is not equal” but the white adults didn't approve of the adjustments to the school. Ruby’s family is a very rel ...more
Paige Cook
Nov 19, 2014 Paige Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is a powerful children's book. This book is about Ruby's journey attending school. Ruby Bridges was from a poor, colored family. When Ruby was a little girl whites and blacks did not attend the same schools and blacks did not receive the same quality education of blacks. One day a judge ordered four black students to go to two elementary schools. 6 year old Ruby was one of the little girls sent to the white elementary school. The whites were angry that R ...more
Cindy  H
Oct 27, 2014 Cindy H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Ruby Bridges, written by Robert Coles, is based on a true story of a brave six-year-old girl, Ruby, who was the first African American to attend first grade in an all-white school. During those times, African Americans were not allowed to attend the same school as white people. Therefore, Ruby Bridges changed American history when she walked into her elementary school. Despite the discrimination she faced, she did not hate them because she knew that they knew no better. Their hatre ...more
Grades 3-5
We read this book in my second grade classroom during Black history month. Being a class of just two Hispanic students and the rest white students, this was an eye opening story for the children. Many did not realize the severity of racism and discrimination during this time. This was one of many books we read about African American history (in the United States) and a great way to get students interested in the topic. They were able to relate to the story since Ruby Bridges was the sa
Daniella Variale
The Story of Ruby Bridges is the true story of the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school. Ruby, who is only six years old, finds herself walking through angry mobs every single day just to enter the school building. Her story speaks volumes about the hatred of racism and the goal to remain peaceful and loving to all in spite of it. By achieving this peaceful love, Ruby, even at such a young age, helped change our country for the better.
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Sep 22, 2014 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Story of Ruby Bridges is an inspiring biography about a brave six year old girl. In 1960, there was an order made for four African-American children to attend all white schools. Three of the children were sent to one school and Ruby Bridges was sent on her own to another. Every day for an entire year, Ruby walked to school accompanied by marshals and every day, there was an angry mob of protestors there to greet her. Instead of being scared and backing down to the angry group, Ruby held her ...more
Kieana Smith
Feb 14, 2015 Kieana Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Ruby bridges is a remarkable book based off the historic era of the 1950s-1960s. Not only does it give you a glimpse into history but provides insight on how a young girl such as Ruby Bridges paved a way for schools to be desegregated in New Orleans. Robert Cole painted a vivid picture of the thought process of the 6 year that had the courage to continue through many obstacles to receive her education. George Ford (illustrator) conveyed numerous of images using soft colors to displ ...more
Elizabeth Murphy
Ruby Bridges' story is one that is told to lots of children in elementary school if not all of them. This picture book biography is a great way to introduce Ruby Bridges' history when addressing it in the classroom. This could be a nice little introduction to the details of the story. I would definitely recommend this book for that specific purpose because this picture book does not go into enough detail to explain the whole lesson and the bigger picture of the story. The illustrations in this b ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Heidisbookopoly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Currently the teacher I TA for is reading a series of books to honor black history month. She read this book in order to show the students that even kids can make a difference. She also used it to meet the standard about making connections! And, since Martin Luther King Jr Day just happened we had the students make connections between Ruby and Dr. King. The students really walked away having learned something important about our past and how people have changed our world. This book is great for ...more
Gabrielle DeLucia
A true story about a six-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges whose family moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school every day for month. Ruby showed readers what it means to persevere. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the class ...more
May 03, 2015 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great book for a second grade classroom. It tells the true story of Ruby bridges through beautiful pictures and quotes from Ruby, her mother and her teacher. Students will be able to learn about a tough time in American history while also learning about a young girl close to their age. The illustrations are full of color and add joy to a tough story. Most of this book is nonfiction, but the name of Ruby's teacher is Mrs. Hurley instead of Mrs. Henry. This may be confusing fo ...more
Jazmin Carr
This book follows a great story of a significant person in our history. The story is told from an individual that had direct contact with Ruby Bridges. Robert Coles was a psychiatrist that had the opportunity to meet Ruby Bridges during the timeframe of the story. This relationship gives him credibility in his story, and provides a pretty accurate depiction of the truth of the story of Ruby Bridges. Beyond simply the history behind the text, the book itself is a great story and sends a wonderful ...more
Shannon Brasher
The Story of Ruby Bridges is such a powerful tale about Ruby Bridges, the first African American student to attend a desegregated school in the south. As an adult reader, I enjoyed this book just as much as I think a child would. I love the part where her mother is praying that they will have strength and courage for Ruby attending the new school. As a parent, I cannot imagine what that must have been like for the parents to go through and how much strength and courage it must have taken to send ...more
Esther Moss
The Story of Ruby Bridges
Reading level: 5.4, level O (guided reading)
Interest level: I think this book would appeal to students as young as 1st grade and as old as 3rd or 4th

Genre: biography - it is the story of the childhood of civil rights icon Ruby Bridges

Summary: This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of when Ruby Bridges became one of the first children of color to attend a desegregated school. It depicts the hatred of the white families towards little Ruby and Ruby's bra
Kandice Davis
May 21, 2015 Kandice Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must have beyond Black History Month if you have K-1st graders. Its the idea of joining a new school, especially with unfamiliar faces. They can relate to Ruby. I used this book as a "what happened vs what should have happened" narrative and exploration of her journey. We also did an entire character study for about a week. We watched videos, looked at actual artifacts and photographs that documented Ruby's sstory.

After I read the story. I did a retell/role-play. We acted out sce
The Story of Ruby Bridges is a story of a young African American girl attending one of the first blended school. This story follows her bravery as she faces angry white people who do not want her around their children. The author showcases Ruby's bravery and wisdom for such a young girl enduring so much at a pivotal time in history. By the end of the book Ruby continues attending the school and praying for the parents who do not know what they are doing. Her teacher even acknowledges her percept ...more
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Child psychiatrist, author, Harvard professor.

Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College.
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