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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.
Hardcover, 63 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Alison Whiteman I bet it is at the library or you can write to: The Ruby Bridges Foundation, P.O. Box 6, Rockville Centre, New York, 11571-0006

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Emily
Dec 20, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
I had to read this book for school and it is about Ruby Bridges as a child written by Ruby Bridges.
Now surprisingly I somewhat enjoyed this book! I thought that Ruby was such a cool little girl and that she is pretty awesome! Some things I didn't like is the swearing(bad words) and I now this is such an immature thing considering I have read books the swear but I just thought that considering I am reading this book for school there shouldn't be curse words!!! IT SAID THE " N" word!!! Also(and I
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Nathalie S
Jun 01, 2015 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
What attracted me to this book was that it was written by THE Ruby Bridges, little girl extraordinaire who lived through some unbelievable events at such a young age. All I can say is that you've got to be the deepest gall of bitterness and wickedness to throw eggs and rocks at a first grader, to scream vile and racial epithets at a first grader, to threaten to kill a first grader as she walks past surrounded by federal marshals, to make sure a first grader sees you holding a miniature coffin ho ...more
Heidi
Jun 19, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I read this story aloud to my children. They already knew the basic story of Ruby Bridges, but they still found this book fascinating. Even my six year old listened to the whole thing (we broke it up over a couple of nights). It led to some much more in depth conversation with my older kids about race relations and inner city schools and such that was so appreciated. (She does go into some scary stuff-- parents should read before sharing with very young children so they can decide what might nee ...more
Carlos Gastelum
Dec 14, 2014 Carlos Gastelum rated it really liked it
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
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Q_Ayana
Mar 27, 2010 Q_Ayana rated it really liked it
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
Alex Macchi
Feb 08, 2015 Alex Macchi rated it it was amazing
During the time of segregation and schools being separated, Ruby Bridges attended the first school to ever allow an African American child into their building, nonetheless a female. This inspirational autobiography depicted the courage of a young girl pursuing what she believed was right despite what others said and thought for the good of her education. Angry mobs, other children, and even her teachers could not stop Ruby from attending this new school. Just like the book's title, this book is ...more
Kelly
Mar 08, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
An amazing autobiographical account of Ruby Bridges' unique and incredibly moving story. At just 6 years old, Ruby Bridges walked into William Frantz Public School for her first day of first grade. Instead of walking amongst a group of friends into the entrance of the school, Ruby was escorted by U.S. federal marshals past mobs of people screaming vile and horrible things directed towards her. She saw white mothers grabbing their children out of classrooms as she entered the school building. Onc ...more
Jonathan
Jul 14, 2010 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-nonfiction
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
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Carol Baldwin
Feb 10, 2012 Carol Baldwin rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
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
Mar 05, 2013 CH13_Lisa Matthews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vi-info-bios
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
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CH_Emily Scholnik
Mar 15, 2010 CH_Emily Scholnik rated it it was amazing
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
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Edgar Meraz
Jun 04, 2015 Edgar Meraz rated it it was amazing
This book is so powerful! The book is not long but it is still able to capture the essence of New Orleans in the 60's. The struggles that Ruby went through are detailed in chronological order which made for a well rounded biography. I think this book could be used in a classroom as a tool to demonstrate how segregated it was in the 60s. The school that she went to was described as warm because she was with all of her neighbors. It described how all the black schools had black teachers so it made ...more
Melissa
Feb 21, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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.
Sharon
Sep 17, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it
Naomi learned so much by reading this book together. It opened many doors for discussion, which is what an excellent book is supposed to do. "Through My Eyes" illustrated beautifully the triumph of the human spirit and the difference one brave, praying, little girl can make in our world. Ruby is certainly one of my heroes.
BiblioBrandie
Nov 22, 2015 BiblioBrandie rated it it was amazing
This is Ruby's autobiographical account of integration in Louisiana in the 19060s. I was amazed by her bravery throughout the story and moved by her innocence of not truly being able to grasp what was going on around her. That November she was the only black child walking into the elementary school, surrounded by angry mobs of people. She said, more than once, "Young children never know about racism at the start. It's we adults who teach it." There are sepia photographs throughout the book that ...more
Amy Yount
May 01, 2016 Amy Yount rated it it was amazing
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Book Review
Even though this book is written by Ruby Bridges herself, many of its contents are placed within the book by its editor, Margo Lundell. On the first pages of the book, they have included that Mrs. Lundell has added articles and interviews to the book. The interviews throughout the book are from family and personal friends of Ruby Bridges as well as articles from well renowned newspapers like The New York Times and Good Housekeeping.
These authentic a
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Justice Parker
Apr 27, 2016 Justice Parker rated it really liked it
The books tells the story of Ruby Bridges from her personal experience. At the age of six, Ruby was the first African American child to desegregate an all-white school: William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. The book tells Ruby Bridges eventful, emotional, and traumatic events she endured at such a young age.

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After reading, I would give the students a worksheet, where students will write thoughtful responses
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TAKISHIA
Apr 27, 2016 TAKISHIA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through my Eyes is a memoir about the life of Ruby Bridges. This riveting memoir won the James Addams Children's Book Award for Older Children in 2000. Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend a New Orleans public elementary school. The setting of the book takes place in the 1960's in the beginning stages of the Civil Rights Movement. In Ruby's own words you experience Ruby's first day of school being escorted by U. S. Marshalls. Ruby explains all the things that she encounter ...more
Chris Lutz
Apr 26, 2016 Chris Lutz rated it it was amazing
Title: Through my Eyes
Author: Ruby Bridges
Illustrator:
Genre: Biography Gds. 3-5
Theme(s): Civil Rights movement, segregation, integration
Opening line/sentence: When I was six years old, the civil rights movement came knocking at the door.
Brief Book Summary: This book talks about the story of Ruby Bridges, a young black child who experienced integration first hand as one of the first students to step into a formally all white classroom. She discusses the feelings of the time period through her p
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Jen Van Allen
Apr 24, 2016 Jen Van Allen rated it really liked it
Through My Eyes is a touching retelling of a difficult life lived by a child during the Civil Rights movement. Ruby Bridges begins her story recounting the time when she walked into school through a yelling mob surrounded by federal marshals at the young age of six. Ruby’s story talks of her experience being the only, and one of the first, black children to attend a school that was formerly an all-white school. Possibly the most heartbreaking moment in this story is one where Bridges described t ...more
Jessica Peacock
Feb 18, 2016 Jessica Peacock rated it really liked it
Though I was never the only black student in a white school, I have often found myself to be the only black student in an all white class. The story of Ruby Bridges has always been and will always be an inspiration to me! Through My Eyes is an excellently written book. It can be hard to explain such a terrible time period in American History but Ms. Bridges' does it in a way where students of all ages can understand. I appreciate how honest Ms. Bridges is about her experiences and I think her re ...more
Kiya
Dec 08, 2015 Kiya rated it it was ok
Through My Eyes is a captivating and inspirational autobiography about the experiences of an African American girl who served as one of the faces for the civil rights movement and the progression of equal education in our nation. Ruby Bridges writes about her experiences as a little girl and the immense pressure she experienced during the turmoil of the 1960’s. During the time of desegregation America watched as Ruby walked into a crowd of angry segregation supporters into her new unsegregated s ...more
Jesse McMorris
Dec 06, 2015 Jesse McMorris rated it liked it
Looking at the book Through My Eyes it is an autobiography about Ruby Bridges and how she was selected to be one of the first people to go to a white school. It goes through the research of all the cases at the time and other monumental things with the civil rights era, when making integration at public schools were the hit topic. She talks about how for the most part she didn’t understand what was really going on, Ruby was madder than anything that she was not at school with her friends. She re ...more
Eileen Seitz
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Title: Through My Eyes
Author: Ruby Bridges
Genre: 3-5 Biography
Theme(s): 1900's, African-American, Multicultural, Civil Rights Movement
Opening line/sentence: When I was six years old, the civil rights movement came knocking at the door.
Brief Book Summary: Ruby Bridges is a six year old girl who faces desegregation in schooling and is forced to attend an all-white school in New Orleans. While at this school she faces severe adversity and recounts her incredible story.
Professional Recommendatio
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Roxanne Thompson
Sep 26, 2015 Roxanne Thompson rated it really liked it
Wow! What an amazing, eye-opening, autobiography! Written by Ruby Bridges herself, this book offers first-hand account of Ruby's experiences as she's integrated into William Frantz Public Elementary School, that was once was all white. Ruby tells the reader she remembers the screaming mobs that greeted her as she entered school and the beginning of the day and at the end of the day as she left. She remembers the frightening image of a little black doll in a coffin in the mob. Ruby tells of her k ...more
Colleen
Feb 11, 2015 Colleen rated it really liked it
"Through My Eyes" is an autobiographical book retelling the story of young Ruby Bridges. As a 6 year old, Ruby was chosen to begin the integration process of an all white school in New Orleans. Ruby is forced to go to school surrounded by federal marshals for her own protection. Everyday, Ruby encounters mobs of angry white parents who are pro-segregation. This is an incredible look into the lives of an African American child during the Civil Rights Movement.

The book focuses on the themes of ra
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Genee121
Jul 28, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2014 Media Lab rated it it was amazing
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
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