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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
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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
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
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Marit
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
Karen
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.
Heather Berk
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
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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
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
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
Cassidy
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
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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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Allison
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
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
Heidisbookopoly
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
Ingrid
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
Halee
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
Jessica Schwartz
The Story of Ruby Bridges is a wonderful picture book for students that depicts life during The Civil Rights era. Ruby is four years old when her family moves from Mississippi to New Orleans. When she is six, she is one of the first African American children to attend an all white school in the South. White parents are enraged and as a result, all of the students are taken out of the school. Every morning as Ruby walks into Frantz Elementary and is escorted by marshals due to the large mob of an ...more
Cheyenne Vieira
The story of Ruby Bridges is a story that can make you cry, and smile all in one book. The story is about a young African American girl who is going to a non segregated school, and white parent's are not very happy about it. There were protests and parents ever pulled their children from school because they didn't want them in school with a black kid. Ruby would have to be escorted into school by police officers. This book shows the courage of a young girl who wanted to make a difference. The il ...more
Nicole
The story of Ruby Bridges is an amazing book that really opens young readers eyes to the awful things that were going on during this time. When a very young girl shows how far bravery and the belief of equality can take you, students begin to see what it was like in Ruby Bridges life. When she takes her stand to segregation in schools, readers begin to wonder what anyone could have thought was wrong with Ruby in the first place to not be excepted in this school. It was a hard talk to have, but a ...more
Rachel Keller
What an encouraging and exciting story! The story of Ruby Bridges tells the true story of an African-American girl who desegregated the New Orleans School System through persistence and faith. The writing is unique because the author used quotes from Ruby's mother, teacher, and Ruby herself in the book. What a fun book to read to a young classroom - showing them an example of someone their age who stood for something and got through a really hard time. I think a lot of good discussion and journa ...more
Britt Guild
As I think of the books to read my children about the history of civil rights, I'm glad that I found this book. I think it is important to tell children about not only the strong adults who fought for their rights in this world, but also the impact this time period placed on young children. My daughter enjoyed reading about another young girl and hearing her story about what it was like to go to school each day. It was a thoughtful biography that allowed the reader to view history from an import ...more
Hanna Mammo
Apr 08, 2014 Hanna Mammo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents/teacher of children aged birth-7
This is the very inspiring and courageous story of Ruby Bridges, who was one of the first African-American child to attend a new desegregated school in New Orleans, Louisiana. This story tells how even as a young child she was hated and threatened for wanting a better education. I would probably use this book as a way of merging social studies with writing. I would use this book as a great example to relate to when teaching my students about biographies and autobiographies. This would would the ...more
Maria Flores-gasca
This is one beautiful true story. I have heard of the book but don't think that I have read the book. And the illustrations were a wonderful addition to the story. After reading this story I did some research and found that this is based on a true story and is something that we need to know because it is something that was important to the history and it is a great story for small children to hear and read. And it is truly an inspiring story that shows the world someone as small as Ruby can do j ...more
Theresa Landgren
This book is about the story of Ruby Bridges. It is a picture book that goes through Ruby's biography and her journey going to an all white school. It describes what she went through during this time of segregation and how she wanted to get an education.

I would use this in my classroom when I would talk about segregation. Students can see that a girl their age fought for her rights to education and how important school is. I can also discuss the life of Ruby Bridges and what she did to help gir
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Jody
Totally made an emotional connection.
Cheryl
Beautifully illustrated story of how this little six-year-old was forced to play a huge role in the desegregation of an elementary school. (The book says the teacher's name was Miss Hurley but I think it was actually Miss Barbara Henry).

I really don't know what to write since this story always hits home on so many levels. I started kindergarten the year Ruby had to walk that gauntlet. I lived in northern Illinois then. Every time I think about Ruby Bridges, I've always wondered, what if Presiden
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Robert
I have had this book on the classroom library for several years. It may have been a CLI book; I am not sure. I had never read it until today.

My daughter has to read a biography for a project for school. I asked a second grade teacher to recommend a few that would be appropriate for her to read. This was one of them. I decided to read it.

Somehow I made it to middle age without learning the story of Ruby Bridges. She was a six-year old black girl who attended an all0white school in Mississippi in
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Mas5thgrade
The book, The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, is all about Ruby Bridges. She is a girl who started to go to a school of just white people, and the parents of the students wouldn’t let their kids go to school because Ruby was black. When Ruby would enter school all the parents of the kids are crowded around with signs telling her “Go Back Home” and more things.

I really like this book because Ruby doesn’t care if she is different than the other students she hasn’t seen before. She knows the
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Tionna Dorsey
"The Story of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles is part of the memoir collection. Robert Coles won the Pulitzer prize in 1973, for a series of books documenting how children and their parents deal with profound change. This biography is recommended for young children ages 8-10 years old (I)Intermediate.

"The Story of Rudy Bridges" is a true story about Ruby Bridges a African American young girl growing up, while having a hard time receiving a decent education in a predominately white school system. I
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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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