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The Story of Ruby Bridges

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  6,388 ratings  ·  342 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. For months, six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books (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...more
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
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...more
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.
The first illustration in the story app...more
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
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
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
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
Totally made an emotional connection.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Israel Graves
This story book tells about a brave young girl by the name of Ruby Bridges who played an important role in the desegregation of Southern Schools. The book begins with Bridges as a little girl before she was even able to attend school. The book has the reader follow Ruby on her journey from a very poor town in Mississippi to her move to New Orleans. In 1960, a judge ordered four little black girls to go to white elementary schools. Six year old Ruby Bridges was one of them. Every d...more
The book I choosed is the story of Ruby Bridges by Robert coles and illustrated by George Ford. The story is a true one which of course qualifies it as a nonfiction book. The intended readers are the third, fourth and ifth grades. The pictures in the book are very attractive, they in bright and beautiful colors.The objects in the book look like real objects. The people look as if they moving around and they show exactly what the story is telling you. The facial expressions tells you what that pa...more
Brittany Hastings
Grade level: 1st
Lexile: 410
Main Character: Ruby Bridges
Setting: 1960, location unspecified
POV: First Person
Genre: Biography

-Summary: This story is written by Ruby Bridges and depicts what it was like when she was the first African American student allowed to attend what used to be an all white elementary school. The book introduces the concept of segregation and why it is wrong. Ruby explains that she wanted to go to a school that was closer to her house, but the problem was that it was an all w...more
Feb 16, 2009 VermontLiteracy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary teachers
This book is written by the same psychologist that met Ruby Bridges when she was the brave little girl venturing into William Franz Elementary School. Robert Coles tells the story of Ruby Bridges, an African American first grader, who was one of the first black children to enter an all-white school in New Orleans during the civil rights era. This story presents key concepts of this historical period to K-4 audiences. While told as a narrative, it is historically accurate, and this format makes i...more
Jen Kahl
The book "The Story Of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles is a wonderful look at the challenges faced by young African Americans back in the 50's and 60's. This book, written for children, explains the story of little Ruby Bridges who is now famous for going to an all-white school when she was in first grade. It talks about how her momma and daddy agreed with the governor of Louisiana, and put her in an all-white school because the law said that blacks were entitles to the same education as the white...more
I was fvery moved by this book for the fact I could connect with the story. I absolutely loved this book! The pictures were VERY powerful and the message presented will have your minds thinking and exploring the what if's of your life.

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Ages 5-9. Sustained by family and faith, one brave six-year-old child found the strength to walk alone through howling protesters and enter a whites-only school in New Orleans in 1960. Ruby Bridges did it every day for weeks that turned into months. T...more
Esther Choi
This story is a heartwarming and easy-to-read biography of Ruby Bridges, a famous African American woman leader. It starts off with her as a young girl when her parents had to endure unfortunate circumstances to make money for the family due to inequality in the nation. Then, Ruby is sent to an all-white elementary school in New Orleans for first grade. She is the first black student to go to a white school. Many people have riots, threaten her, and refuse to send their children to school if Rub...more
"The Story Of Ruby Bridges" captures the true event in the life of the brave African American girl in the midst of the Civil Rights Era. Ruby Bridges' story is touching, powerful, and one that everyone should know. It takes place in New Orleans, on Ruby Bridges first day of school as a first grader. Instead of the normal feelings a first grader has on their first day, however, Ruby's feelings are a lot different. For example, her first day of school took place a an all white schoool, which at th...more
Kim Young
Many of us are familiar with the story of Ruby Bridges, a brave young girl who dared to face her protesters everyday so she could get an education. She was chosen to be the first black student to go to an all white school, and this caused a hug upset in her town. The U.S Marshals were called in to escort Ruby into the school everyday to ensure her safety. No parents would allow their children to go to the same school as Ruby, so she had was forced to sit in a classroom and learn by herself. Eve...more
Robert Coles does a wonderful job telling the story of Ruby Bridges, the first African American child integrated into an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960. It allows children to understand segregation in schools and part of American history. The book tells Ruby’s story about walking past all of the angry, white adults and how no other kids would come to school because they were white and parents didn’t want their kids to go to a school where she did. The most moving part of the story is wh...more
I gave it two stars because there seem to be several versions out there with one or more errors, my copy included. In my copy, Ruby's teacher is named 'Miss Hurley', when it is clearly stated in all other sources that her teacher was 'Mrs. Henry'. Apparently, 'Hurley' was her name BEFORE she got married and moved to Ruby's school district, but Ruby would never have known this name. Others who have read different editions say this has been corrected later (mine was a Scholastic printing from 1995...more
Readers are introduced to Ruby Bridges through her brave actions and memories. I often found myself wanting more details about the events of Ruby's life, she's dynamic and the text does a good job of rallying readers behind her, but it lacks some of the specific information I craved (i.e. more about the 1960 court ruling to desegregate the schools).

Watercolor and acrylic artwork was stronger than the text for me. Recommended read aloud for Black History Month, grades 2-4.
Katherine Fountain
Ruby Bridges can be an inspiration to everyone! As one of the first African American students to attend an "all white" school during desegregation in New Orleans, Ruby Bridges overcame the awful experiences in a non-violent and inspirational way. The way that adults, teachers, students, and parents treated Ruby Bridges is a disgrace and shocked me at how anyone could treat an innocent child in this manner. Ruby ended up attending class alone because other parents would not let their children go...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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