Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Through My Eyes” as Want to Read:
Through My Eyes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Through My Eyes

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  2,267 ratings  ·  223 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 63 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1999)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Q_Ayana
Through My Eyes is an inspirational autobiography about a little girl who perseveres through a troubling time in American history – the Civil Rights Movement. This book allows young readers to understand that racism unfortunately affected African Americans of all ages. The images, some charismatic and some too difficult to look at, give an honest account of what it was like to be Ruby in the 1960s. Her story shows great courage and determination, pressing forward in the midst of hatred and viole ...more
Jonathan
This is a great non-fiction picture book that is a sort of autobiography with many other external text features.

What was the compelling literary element of this book? The characters are essentially Ruby, her family and her teacher. While other people play some role in her experiences, they are mostly bystanders. The plot is fairly well-known and simple- a young girl attempts to go to a newly integrated school and meets with all kinds of problems. The theme is very common, especially among Civil
...more
Carol Baldwin
I read Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges as a part of my research for Half-Truths. I came across a photograph of Norman Rockwell's painting depicting Ruby's brave integration of her Louisiana elementary school. I saw the original "The Problems We All Live With" at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Ma. The huge painting of the white guards escorting the young black girl to school stuck in my mind. The docent remarked how Rockwell used a splatter of red to emphasize the story behind the ill ...more
Danielle
Through my Eyes is an autobiography about the integration of public schools from the view of Ruby Bridges. The story is told by Bridges with recounts from her teachers, family, and psychologists. The book starts with the background of the time period and the beginning of Bridges life. She was born in 1954 and moved from Mississippi to New Orleans at the age of four. The facts are extremely accurate as they are told first hand. What is great about this book is that it adds the emotions of a littl ...more
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Through My Eyes is an autobiography of Ruby Bridges who at the age of six on November 14, 1960 surrounded by federal marshals, became the first African American student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans which at the time was an all white school.

Ruby Bridges tells her story and throughout the book, there are quotes from newspaper accounts of the William Frantz Public School protest of the integration of black and white in schools, quotes from people in Ruby’s life including h
...more
CH_Emily Scholnik
Through My Eyes: Autobiography of Ruby Bridges
1999 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Ruby Bridges
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0-590-18923-9
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 1999
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 1999
American Library Association Notable Books for Children, 2000
2001 Jane Addams Children's Book Award, 2001
Carter G. Woodson Book Awards, 2000
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, 2000

This story is told as the memoirs of Ruby Bridges, the actual child whom was integrated
...more
Elliot
Though the editor could have done a better job integrating the historical texts with Bridges' memories of her year integrating the first grade at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, this short children's book makes a wonderful component of the Ruby Bridges story -- captured in a Disney movie and additional illustrated book. I've yet to revisit the other parts (the DVD of the movie is waiting at the library), but I would be surprised if I am not as moved by young Ruby's courage -- an ...more
Melissa
This is my daughters hero and favorite book. She used this book for her first biography report this month. It provides a thorough account of school integration from Ruby's perspective and all the people involved. The photos and stories are great. I love that the story does not end at the end of the first school year but continues through Ruby's adult life with the impact desegregation had on her and others.
Brianna
Ruby Bridges was one of my very first heroes as a child and one I haven't thought much about in years. It was new and wonderful to hear the stories again, this time in the words of those actually present, foremost among them, Ruby herself.
Genee121
Through My Eyes is an autobiography of Ruby Bridges whom on November 14, 1960, at the age of six became the first African American student to attend an all-white school (William Frantz Public School) located in New Orleans surrounded by federal marshals. The story is told by Bridges’ herself with quotes from people in her life including her mother, Barbara Henry (Ruby’s first grade teacher), and Robert Cole (Ruby’s childhood psychologist). Though many white parents removed their children from Wi ...more
Sarah Foote
The nonfiction, Orbis Pictus winner of 2000 is written by Ruby Bridges, and tells her story of school integration. Ruby was one of the first black students in the south to attend a white school, and she did so alone (only student at her school). The book shows how the historic event took place in Ruby’s point of view. You can feel her innocence when she says things like, “this must be the way it is in a big school, “ when parents were pulling their children out of school due to the integration. ...more
Media Lab
This book's gonna make you cry - in all the good ways that fine books and literature and art and the human spirt can. Doubly-award winning author Ruby Bridges recounts her memories as one of 4 students who took the first steps into an integrated classroom in 1960 Louisiana when she was 6 years old, 3 years after the Little Rock 9 in Arkansas.

Her story as told Through Her Eyes, includes wonderful black and white photos on each page - images that are hard to forget and shockingly emotionaly and v
...more
Dawn
Through My Eyes Book is an autobiography by Ruby Bridges. This book has won several awards such as “1999 Parents’ choice Award”, “2000 Carter G. Woodson Book Award” as well as the “2000 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award” among others. Through My Eyes is intended for learners between 8-12 years and I would award this book 5 out of 5 stars since it is very inspirational.
This book through memoirs tells the story of Ruby Bridges’ experience in 1960 as a young, six year old, African American girl who
...more
Danielle Leider
When Ruby was in kindergarten, she attended Johnson Lockett Elementary School, which was a segregated school far from her home. Towards the middle of November, her mother informed her that she would be transferring to a school closer called William Frantz Public School. This meant that Ruby would be the first African American to integrate into an all-white school. She had to endure threats, racial slurs, and people just saying awful things to her. Towards the end of year, some students started t ...more
Carlos Gastelum
Bridges, R., & Lundell, R. (1999) Through my eyes. New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

Through My Eyes, is an inspirational story about Ruby Bridges and the racial events she encountered growing up. The story takes place in 1960 as a young African American child makes her way to school past yelling mobs. During this time white and black parents are evacuating their children from schools and keeping them from attending class. Despite the classroom being empty and all of the controversy going on Ru
...more
Rebecca Sherod
This book, written by Ruby Bridges, tell her story of integrating into an all white school. The book is broken into small sections, each about a specific topic, where Bridges recalls what was happening and how she felt during it. The pictures on each page from the actual events give the reader a greater insight into what was going on and what the mobs of people look and acted like.
The first person recall of what happened makes an interesting and important, and already great story, even better
...more
Rll52014_barb_zachwieja
I love this book because it is Ruby Bridges's own story, told in her own way. The book is peppered with photographs, drawings, and paintings to set the scene of this major event in the Civil Rights Movement and school integration. You can sense Ruby's fear and confusion as she had to have U.S. Marshals escort her to school through the angry crowds who held signs with hateful slogans and shouted terrible words at her. You can feel her growing affection and respect for her teacher, Barbara Henry, ...more
Emma Mcmurtrie
The book Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges is the story of racial segregation that Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old black child, experienced. Ruby’s words, quotes from writers, and dramatic photographs recreate the story of what occurred back in November of 1960 at Ruby’s school. On November 14th, 1960 Ruby walked through a mob of segregationists and into her school where she sat in the school office as she watched parents pulling their children out of classrooms. The next day Ruby courageously walke ...more
Taylor Shanda
Through my eyes is the self told Story of Ruby Bridges, the first black student admitted into the newly integrated school in the south. She retells her memories of parents and students constantly harassing her as she began at her new school. She brings in real pictures from the time period to supplement her story. She talks about her teacher who had come from Boston and instructed her one on one as the other students didn't attend school. This book is directed for young readers to give them a fi ...more
Marsha
Just good to know a little more about this story. When we found out about it, while I was pregnant with our Ruby, it was one extra reason to choose that name.
Michelle
Autobiography. Great story with lots of facts and photographs from the actual events. Direct quotes from others such as her mom and teacher are also included.
Ashleigh De nicola
Dec 06, 2014 Ashleigh De nicola marked it as to-read
Segregation was huge back in the 1960’s. This brave little girl walked through screaming segregationists and into her school. She was the only black person in this school. Parents were opposed to the idea and took their children from the school right in front of her. The next day she went to school, she was in for a surprise and a surprise like no other. She was the only student. The other children didn’t go to school because she was different and it wasn’t what was done during that time. This i ...more
Kylie Hodgson
This book is beautifully written by Ruby Bridges herself. The story highlights the time when she was the only African American girl at an all white school. She received so much hatred and nasty things when she did this and this book highlights all of them. It tells of all the bad and horrible names she was called and also tells her personal opinion of all that was happening around her.
There are real photos in this book that better help the reader to connect to the time period because they are b
...more
Claire
I ordered this book after reading The Story of Ruby Bridges. This book, written by Ruby Bridges herself, tells about how she was a part of the integration of public schools in New Orleans in the early sixties. I didn't realize that this, too, was more of a children's book, but don't let that stop you! I felt great sadness for Ruby, her family, and Mrs. Henry for all they had to go through in order to help the entire black population at the time. I also felt great outrage at those mothers and tee ...more
Jacquelyn
Genre: Biography Reading level: Ages 8-12
Sepia tone photographs from the 1960s, the adult memories of a brave little girl, and factual information from the turbulent time of segregation combine to bring this biography of Ruby Bridges to the older child. The editor offers related commentary and art from legends like John Steinbeck and Norman Rockwell. The visual horror of burning crosses and angry mobs is contrasted with the angelic images of little Ruby and her supporters. She is shown walking b
...more
Hellokitty83
Ruby Bridges is well knowned around the U.S. for being one of the smartest 1st.Graders ever it was segragted in the schools when she was in elementry .When she was in kintergarten she was tested to see if she was smart enough to be in a segragted school.She was tested and got a call in the summer that said she was smart enough to be in an all white school.She went to a school and was the only black kid to show up she was kinda of scaredto go but being the only person in the class she loosened u ...more
Megan
I enjoyed reading this story about Ruby Bridges. I thought it was great that it incorporated her story as well as specific “real” knowledge from the time period. Ruby’s view was specific to what she saw and experienced, and the other parts explained as outsiders view of what was happening. It provided the reader with the opportunity to view events that took place during Ruby’s yearlong integration into Frantz school.
As a teacher, it was special to read about how Ruby felt about her teacher, Mrs
...more
Sarah
The book Through my Eyes was written by Ruby Bridges is a biography about Ruby Bridges as a child and all her struggles she went through throughout her childhood. The book is about how Ruby Bridge’s, an African American girl, went to a white child school for the first time. She was escorted to the school building by police officers because there were angry parents protesting outside of the school. This biography is a great book for children because it will teach them about history and how things ...more
Holly
This is the story of Ruby Bridges told by Ruby Bridges. Once again, after reading several stories about the civil rights movement in the last few days and children's roles in it, I'm amazed by the courage it took for those children and their families to stand up for what was right. In this story, I'm also inspired by Mrs. Henry, Ruby's teacher, who continued to teach her even when she was the only one in her class. The photographs are fascinating, disturbing, and inspiring. It's hard to believe ...more
Courtney
Through My Eyes is the biography of Ruby Bridges, one of the first African-American elementary students to go to an integrated school in Louisiana. The biography includes accounts from Ruby herself, her teacher Mrs. Henry, her child psychologist Dr. Cole, and her mother. These accounts are supplemented with sepia toned pictures following Ruby’s journey through integration. Ruby’s story is told through her eyes and how she remembers the process of integration in Louisiana. Her story is accompanie ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Story Of Ruby Bridges
  • When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
  • So Far from the Sea
  • Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
  • Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
  • Remember: The Journey to School Integration
  • Rosa
  • Baseball Saved Us
  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr.
  • My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
  • Freedom Summer
  • Tea with Milk
  • Henry's Freedom Box
  • Measuring Penny
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
  • Coretta Scott
  • The Other Side
Ruby Bridges Goes To School: My True Story (Scholastic Reader Level 2) Let's Read About-- Ruby Bridges

Share This Book