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The Story of Ruby Bridges

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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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Dec 13, 2016 Cheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Ruby Bridges is a lovingly illustrated true story of Ruby Bridges. As a young 6 year old girl, growing up in the South during the days of the Civil Rights movement, Ruby was selected by the courts and ordered to attend the all white school of Franz Elementary School. Every morning became a variation of a frightening, degrading experience, with hordes of angry people lining the sidewalks, jeering, shouting insults and worse. How she handles this is what makes this book special, becau ...more
Alex Farrand
Feb 05, 2017 Alex Farrand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I read this story to my daughter, today. I had to choke back tears.
Feb 01, 2017 Mariah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story that was extremely knowledgeable about Ruby Bridges' life. It is an important read when talking about Civil Rights, because it explains it in easier terms.
Feb 05, 2017 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Coles, the imminent Harvard child psychiatrist and activist for all children, penned this wonderful book in 1995, the same year I used Civil Rights funds to bring him up to NH for some workshops for teachers and administrators on child welfare and the role of race/racism and poverty in children's resiliency.

An excellent (and only 5 minute) interview with Cole explaining the story of Ruby Bridges in the context of her role in the Civil Rights Movement as the first of a group of six, 6-yea
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
Nov 20, 2012 Taylor Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
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
Wow, I felt like I was reading a Patricia Polacco. . . couldn't even finish the ending for a bit, I was crying so hard. Luckily, my 8-year-old wasn't impatient to continue; she was crying right along with me.

I've got a 6-year-old who is also named Ruby. . . and this book and a few others have reminded me that, for some reason, girls named Ruby are often very brave and very stong. Tough little gems.

The world needs this book right now. I wish I could hand out copies.
Heather Berk
Feb 08, 2015 Heather Berk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-literature
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
Title: The Story of Ruby Bridges
Coles, R., & Ford, G. (1995). The story of Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic.

Annotation: Young Ruby Bridges is a first grader trying to attend school during segregation. School is a lonely place with just her teacher to keep her company. An angry mob waits outside to yell at her every morning but Ruby finds the courage to continue to go to school and even to pray for forgiveness for those who hate her.

Genre: Biography/Nonfiction

Grade Level: 2
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
Mar 23, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
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.
Jan 07, 2011 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally made an emotional connection.
Kira Brighton
Definitely an important story to share.

*Read for school senior year college in Children's Lit*
Courtney Lloyd
Feb 03, 2017 Courtney Lloyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-350
This is a great book. This book is based off of the true story about Ruby Bridges. Ruby was the first little girl to enter in the public school district in New Orleans. The book talks about her family and their values. When entering the school, the book mentions everything that Ruby saw, from all the mean signs, the people yelling, all of the U.S marshals and so on. Mrs. Henry was Ruby's teacher and they were the only people at the school. The book continues and talks about Ruby praying for the ...more
Leigh Chickering
Jan 30, 2017 Leigh Chickering rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rdng-350
This book tells the story of Ruby Bridges, the first child of color to attend an all white school. Everyday she had to walk through a mob of angry, white people who were yelling at her and even trying to hurt her. For a long time, Ruby was in the school all by herself, calm and collected and ready to learn. Her teacher was always curious if she was scared but Ruby seemed to be doing fine. One day, her teacher saw Ruby stop in the middle of the angry crowd and it looked like she was talking to th ...more
Erin Bliss
Jan 31, 2017 Erin Bliss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of how Ruby Bridges was accepted into an all white school. People would bad mouth her and threaten her as she was walking into school. She had to be escorted by marshals into school. None of her classmates showed up, so she learned by herself with her teacher, Miss Hurley. One morning her teacher say her talking to the people, and she asked her about it when she came in. Ruby said she was not talking to them, she was praying for them. She had said a prayer for them on h ...more
Nathaniel P.
I somewhat enjoyed reading this book, because it gave perspective on how hard life was if you were an African-american living back when segregation still occurred. Ruby Bridges showed a major step towards defeating segregation by attending an all white school. She showed it was hard as many people yelled at her as she walked to school, and nobody liked that she was attending that school. In my opinion all people were created equally, and this book showed steps we needed to take in order to have ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book tells the story of Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child chosen to attend the desegregated William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans.

Her experience was a difficult one, needing to be protected by federal marshals, and attending school alone for a long time when the white families pulled their children out of the school.

Still, the message is clear - Ruby thrived on her opportunity and her resilience and her parents' support helped to bring about change.

The illustratons
Julie Kirchner
Feb 14, 2017 Julie Kirchner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice intro to Ruby Bridges story. We have been looking for books about the civil rights movement that are age appropriate for our elementary students and this fits the bill perfectly.
Jan 23, 2017 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story teaches a great lesson to all. Violence doesn't solve problems. Kindness works miracles. Children are wiser than adults sometimes give them credit it for.
Christie Magaña
Great book for a 3rd/4th class
Lisa Duke
Jan 15, 2017 Lisa Duke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read children's book. It is simply about love and forgiveness. Ruby Bridges is by far the strongest person I have met, and that's why I named my daughter for her.
Jan 08, 2017 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story of courage done in a way a 5-9yo could relate. Read with my 5yo the first month of school & we talked about being brave & courage as Ruby went to kindergarten & how he could have courage riding the bus to his kindergarten. Also great intro to the topic of race & prejudice with younger ones. Simple wording but well-done. I only wished they'd referred to people of all skin colors not just back & white at the end.
Sep 29, 2016 Kamilah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elm-572
The story of Ruby Bridges is a great biography. It tells the story of a young girl trying to get an education while living in segregation. She didn’t let the color of her skin stop her from obtaining her education. She learned in an empty classroom, ate lunch by herself and played by herself because the other parents didn’t want their children going to school with an African American student. Everyday she went to school and had to deal with angry men, women and children yelling at her, holding s ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Story of Ruby Bridges is on my favorites shelf because it is a true story about courage. This story is about a little 6-year old African American girl who is sent to an all-white school for the first time in history. In this biography about Ruby Bridges, it tells about the struggles she went through to try and break the race barrier between white and black people. This book is meant for intermediate readers and I think this is a story that will touch these students because Ruby is around the ...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
Rachel Devine
Dec 21, 2016 Rachel Devine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-stories
1) No awards
2) Grades: 1-3
3) This story is about a little girl named Ruby Bridges who moved to New Orleans where a judge ordered her to attend an all-white school. The parents at the school refused to send their kids to school with her and picketed every morning as she walked into school.
4) I like this book a lot. I grew up reading this book, trying to understand what it must have been like for her and how hard it must have been. I like that the book explains what was happening in a way in whic
Torrie Heller
Sep 16, 2016 Torrie Heller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-10-books
Type: non-fiction
Genre: multicultural
Awards: ABC Children's Booksellers Choice Award and The South Carolina Children Book Award
Summary: This book is about a little girl named Ruby Bridges, she was the first African-American student to attend an Elementary School in Louisiana after a court ordered desegregation of the public schools. Every day Ruby has to walk through a mob to get to school. All of the white parents pulled their children out of school so everyday it was just Ruby and her teacher
Jen Kahl
Jul 10, 2013 Jen Kahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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