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The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
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Feb 16, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: k-3-literacy-spring-2009
Recommended for: elementary teachers
Read in January, 2005

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 it more accessible to younger audiences. When read in partnership with Ruby Bridges' own photohistory, Through my Eyes, this book creates an intimate portrayal of a young girl who was part of history. This book would create many opportunities for written responses: "How was Ruby brave?" "How are your days at school different from Ruby's?" You could also study Norman Rockwell's illustration of Ruby walking with Federal Marshals entitled "The Problem We All Live With" and compare it to images in the story.


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