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Ruby's Wish

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  492 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books (first published 2002)
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Gundula
An engaging historical story (a true account it seems, based on the childhood of Shirin Yim Bridges' own grandmother), Ruby's Wish tells the story of Ruby, a young Chinese girl growing up in a large household, where the enlightened patriarch (Ruby's grandfather) allows both girls and boys to be educated. Ruby however, desires more; she also wants the opportunity to attend university like her brothers and male cousins. Will her grandfather grant Ruby her wish, will Ruby be allowed to attend unive ...more
Ronyell
Ruby

I have read many children’s books that take place in China, but I had read a children’s book that is as inspirational and heartwarming as “Ruby’s Wish!” “Ruby’s Wish” is an Ezra Jack Keats award winning children’s book by Shirin Yim Bridges along with illustrations by Sophie Blackall that is a heartwarming experience that the whole family would relive over and over again!

In ancient China, there lived an old man who had an enormous family of over one hundred children and out of all of the childre
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Kathryn
This is a wonderful story about a girl in 1900s China, living in a big traditional house headed by her grandfather and filled with his many wives, children and grandchildren. But there is something special here... unlike most houses, the girls are allowed to study with the boys. Of course, they must keep up with all their other training, too, like housekeeping and embroidery after their academic lessons while the boys get to run off and play. But, Ruby loves learning so much she keeps at it even ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is the story of the author’s grandmother, a little girl growing up in China in a wealthy and forward thinking family. She wants to go to University (at a time when it was rare for women to attend) more than she wants to get married. I really love Ruby’s grandfather; he’s a special man in so many ways. I love how Ruby always wears some red, and I love Ruby’s personality and aspirations and determination. This one made me cry near the end, when Ruby gets her thick New Year’s envelope. I loved ...more
Patricia Stephens
This was a wonderful story, based on true events, that tells of a girl who wishes to to a university instead of getting married in the Chinese culture. All throughout her childhood, she stands out from the rest in her class and is seen to be very intelligent and have a passion for learning. While all of the other girls are learning what they usually learned back then, like cooking and taking care of the house, she continued to go to school. When she grew up, she knew she wanted to go to college ...more
Erika
This is a sweet (true!) story that a young girl tells about the life of her grandmother. It's a peek into the culture of one Chinese family with an inspiring ending. This would be a great story to use at the beginning of a unit on biography or primary source research. Students would have a good example for interviewing a family member or friend and writing the story to publish for the class to be kept in "archives." It shows children that writing a book is telling a story you may already know.
Julie
A little gem of a daughter named Ruby joined our family this past June, and it just so happens she looks quite a bit like the Ruby in this book. I wasn't familiar with Ruby's Wish, but a thoughtful friend brought it over as a gift.

Ruby's Wish has nothing to do with adoption, but is instead the story of a hard-working, motivated little girl who wishes to be the first in her community to attend college. It is a story of perseverance, and it sheds light on the complete absence of educational opport
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Brittany Clark
Ruby's Wish is a work of fiction, though it is based on a true story. This book is about a young Chinese girl who aspires to go to university and study rather than get married. Fortunately for Ruby, her enlightened father allows her to study, provided that she can keep up with her regular chores. Ruby works hard to impress her father, and he eventually allows her to attend university.

Ruby's Wish is a lovely story that discusses women's roles in family life and society in general, particularly in
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(NS)Jennifer Reiner
Ruby is different then other girls in China. She isn't focused on getting married when she grows up, she wants to attend a university like the boys in her family. Ruby's grandfather hires a teacher to teach all the children in the family. Ruby writes a poem one day saying that it is very hard to be a girl in the family because of the expectations. The grandfather and teacher are amazed and proud of Ruby's work, and she continues to succeed in school. After everyone has gone to sleep, Ruby contin ...more
N_Allie l
The story begins in the palace of one old very rich man. This old Gold Rush miner married many wives and had many children. Eventually those children had children and so on and so forth. The whole family lived together "in a certain city in China...once upon a time". Although there were many children living in this palace, one character sticks out to us immediately; Ruby. We learn that Ruby got her name because she loves to wear the color red (red in China signifies celebration).

Ruby becomes un
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Nancy O'Toole
Ruby's Wish tells the story of a young girl growing up in China who is given the unique experience of being allowed to go to school as a child, despite the fact that she is female. Ruby's biggest wish is to attend a university like her brothers. Ruby's Wish is a lovely story written by Shirin Yium Bridges. She does a fantastic job of immersing the reader in China. The story behind Ruby's Wish is a true one, and the author at the end reveals that Ruby is actually her grandmother. This gives the b ...more
LauraW
This is an compelling introduction to some cultural differences that might actually interest kids of our dominant (American) culture. I was especially intrigued by the description of the household, with the patriarch and all of his descendants. It could make for some wide-ranging discussions with students about gender roles and differences in values. Thought-provoking.
Bernice
I absolutely loved this true story of Ruby! She is a young girl in China that is faced with the challenges of being the only girl in an all male family lead by her grandfather. Unlike the Chinese expectations of Chinese women, Ruby wishes to have the same rights as all the males in her family, including going to an university. This story gives a good representation of what life was like in China and mentions many traditions. In the end of the story, Ruby gets her wish of going to a university. W ...more
Xiaoting
Ruby’s Wish

This story happened in a big traditional Chinese family. Ruby is a little girl and she wish is going to university. However, this is very hard in old China. There is a old saying in China; Ignorance is woman’s virtue. In old China, woman has this dream that going to university is very difficult to imagine. Especially, woman married for someone is the most important thing of their life. Ruby’s wish is very easy for the contemporary society. However, Ruby’s wish breaks the traditional r
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Sabiha Hussain
This book is a children’s picture book that is set in China shortly after the Gold Rush in California. It is written by Shirin Yim Bridges and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The author is of Chinese descent. The story is about a young Chinese girl, Ruby, who has always been interested in educational activities and excels at them a lot. However, during this time period in China girls received little to no education. Thus, Ruby knows that her school days are short lived and soon she will be marri ...more
Kaela Ewing
"Ruby's Wish" is a wonderful choice for a Quality Children's book for Asian culture. The plot includes a problem (Ruby's feelings) and a resolution (her voicing her opinion and getting her wish). The characters are convincing and the story and illustrations are interesting to children. Ruby is unlike most girls in her time, who value marriage right away. Instead of getting married, Ruby first wishes to go to a university and pursue her studies. She is an exception to the Asian norms. She describ ...more
Maria Armenta
Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.

I really love the illustration in this book. They are pictures of old China and it made
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Sari Zweig
An engaging historical story (a true account, based on the childhood of Shirin Yim Bridges' own grandmother), Ruby's Wish tells the story of Ruby, a young Chinese girl growing up in a large household, where the enlightened patriarch (Ruby's grandfather) allows both girls and boys to be educated. Ruby however, desires more; she also wants the opportunity to attend university like her brothers and male cousins. Will her grandfather grant Ruby her wish, will Ruby be allowed to attend university?


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JustOneMoreBook.com
The hush of dependable peaches and greens gently gives way to a crescendo of red in this thoughtfully unfolding, true story of a young girl with a dream -- and the patient, respectful cracking of cultural constraints that made her dream come true.

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CharleyAnne
I thought this book was great. The pictures are extremely colorful. I love how the main character, Ruby, is the only one dressed in red. I think this a wonderful tactic to set her apart from the rest of the characters. This book was published in California. However, the book is based on the author's grandmother's story. Her grandmother grew up in China. The main character Ruby struggles with trying to excel in her household full of brothers. Ruby simply wants to be able to go to a university and ...more
Linda
This came highly recommended by a Goodreads friends, and I managed to get the DVD of Shirin Yim Bridges reading it. It was great to “listen” to this true story about her grandmother, Ruby. Set in 19th Century China, Bridges tells the story of one large family in China where Ruby’s grandfather, the head of the household, brought in a teacher because he had so many grandchildren. There is also a small intro that tells of the many Chinese men who left for the gold rush and never returned, but this ...more
Ruby
The end of Ruby's Wish made me tear up. The sweet simplicity of Ruby getting what she wanted paired with the actual photograph of "Ruby" is perfect!

Ruby's Wish is a lovely little story of breaking social mores. One of the things I worry about with books like these is that girls will take away that it's better to be a girl who does what boys do. The difference between boy roles and girl roles is much smaller in today's society, but considering there is still pervasive sexism not necessarily again
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Kacie Blakley
Ruby has always dreamed of attending the University when she becomes of age, but women don't go to college in her culture. After a woman finishes her basic education, she gets married and has children. Consequently, Ruby has to work incredibly hard to prove herself smarter than the boys her age. She would do her schoolwork into the wee hours of the night because she wanted to go to the University so badly. But does all her hard work pay off?
This interesting book teaches children about different
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Amber
I loved the ending of this book the most because Ruby got her wish of going to college. I was very surprised by it though because I did not think that her grandpa would grant her that, based on what I know of the Chinese culture from the book and what little knowledge I have of it myself. I knew that they did not like the girls to be educated because they were to take care of the men, get married, and have children, hopefully sons. However, I loved how Ruby was true to herself and stuck through ...more
Ashley
Excellent book for young girls! The story of Ruby, a young girl who doesn't want to follow her traditional Chinese family's expectations and so impresses her grandfather that she becomes the first girl to be admitted to a nearby university. Best of all, the story is true and being narrated by the granddaughter of Ruby, who still likes to wear a little red everyday. A story about how girls and boys can be treated very differently and how standing up to social norms can make a big difference in a ...more
Robert
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer and New Illustrator (2003)
Erin
This book is about a young girl in China who is one of many grandchildren. Ruby obviously has an independent spirit: she insists on wearing red every day, she loves school and she speaks her mind. All of these were unusual traits for a young girl or young woman at that time in China; all she expected when she grew up would be to get married, as all her cousins. Because of her hard work and honesty, and an open-minded grandfather, she was able to go to the university as one of the first female st ...more
Leslie
Ruby is her nickname based on the fact that she loves the color red and insists on wearing red in some form, regardless of season or occasion. Her naming also tells us a good deal about how determined and focused a young lady the story’s protagonist is, and how accommodating (and unusual) a family she comes from—two necessary ingredients to Ruby’s success story. Ruby is gifted with opportunities, all she needs to do is to have the courage to pursue her desires—which is no small thing.

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Ruqayya Jarad
Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges, it is a true story, based on the author's grandmother, Ruby is different than other girls in old China. Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Ruby is a young girl who strives for more and her family rewards her hard work and courage. She is one of the first women university students in China. This is a treasure of a book that provides a wealth of detail on Chinese dress and décor of the time. Age 4-8
Hollee Young
I really liked this book. However, I didn't like the illustrations as much as some of the other books I have read. I did like how it relates to her grandmother's life as a child. The author is showing how girls were treated unequal in their education and how they were expected to be married and not receive any further education. I like how in the end she got her wish and she would be able to attend a university.
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Shirin Yim Bridges comes from a family of writers and artists. Her first book, Ruby's Wish, was named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly, and won the Ezra Jack Keats awards for Best Writer and Best Illustrator in 2003. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into six languages, and is now in its ninth edition.

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