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The Story of Ruby Bridges

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  12,379 ratings  ·  729 reviews
"Please, God, try to forgive those people. Because even if they say those bad things, They don't know what they're doing."

This is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade in an all white school. This moving book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of ra
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1995)
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Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Mariah Roze
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Stephanie Anze
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I pray for me, that I would be strong and not afraid. I pray for my enemies, that God would forgive them."

On November 1960, in New Orleans Ruby Bridges was the first African American student to attend William Frantz Elementary School. Received by a crowd of a white mob, Ruby marched into the school. At six years old, Ruby showed great courage as day after day she got this same welcome. Despite the crowds, Ruby persisted.

WOW, this truly was an amazing story! Ruby Bridges was volunteered by her p
I recommend this short biography, on Ruby Bridges, for teaching young children American history.

In 1960, Ruby was one of four (4) black girls, in New Orleans, ordered to attend then segregated schools. Ruby went to the William Frantz elementary school while the other girls went to another school. She was all alone at school because white parents refused to send their children to school, because of her. Ruby had to be escorted to school each day by U. S. Marshals. Later that year two (2) white b
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, I felt like I was reading a Patricia Polacco book. I 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 strong. Tough little gems.

The world needs this book right now. I wish I could hand out copies.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
As a young 6 year old girl, Ruby was one of four blacks selected by the courts and ordered to attend an all white school in New Orleans in 1960. Under the protection of the U.S. Marshals, because the local and state police refused help, Ruby walks into the empty school, past hordes of angry people lining the sidewalks, jeering, shouting insults and worse. Her maturity in handling this situation was truly remarkable. The water color illustrations are charming, but I wanted a little more substance ...more
Melissa Fordonski
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Faloni © arr
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We need to learn more about young, brave, courageous, strong, extraordinary women. Sharing the story of Ruby Bridges this with our classroom is a new beginning.
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a required story I must read for a college course but I am glad it came across my radar. What an inspiring story and a beautiful reminder of what really matters and who is in charge over all. I loved her prayers before and after facing down that crowd and her prayer was for those very souls who were tormenting her. I am humbled and inspired.
Taylor Adams
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
This book is a great way to introduce children to race relations in this country. It provides a clear look at history and a brave girl their own age to inspire them.

I realize it is unusual to review a picture book without commenting on the illustrations. I really liked the book but had mixed feelings about the illustrations. Perhaps because there is a famous photo of the real Ruby Bridges that is etched in my memory, these images didn't enchant me the way the story did although they are certain
Denise Lauron
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked this up as part of the list of children's black history month books. I found it very preachy compared to other books about Ruby Bridges, including the book she wrote herself. I didn't enjoy the book much, especially since the story doesn't seem to match any of the other stories about Ruby Bridges. ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a result of having recently read Robert Caro's Pulitzer-Prize-winning Master of the Senate I became interested in the history of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. I am now reading Taylor Branch's Pulitzer-Prize-winning Parting the Waters, which will take up a good portion of the rest of this calendar year for me to finish. In my education on the subject I came across the story of Ruby Bridges.

As a small 6-year-old girl in 1960 Ruby attended a previously-segregated white school i
Fantastic! I love Ruby's sass. What a great historical moment to share with children, most of whom will likely not believe that parents kept their kids out of school because of a six-year-old black girl. ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a children’s book that tells the story of Ruby Bridges. She is a young girl and one of the first black children to enter and be taught in a “white” school in the days following the end of segregation.
Inspiring story! This one was so meaningful and brought warmth to our hearts as we read it aloud. Times were hard for Ruby B., but she set a great example.
Christy Dickerson
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is a sad reminder of where our country was in 1960 but a great reminder of the people who's character and kindness brought us out of it. This biography is the story of a very young African American girl named Ruby Bridges. She lived in New Orleans with her family during school segregation. A judge ordered Ruby and 3 other girls to attend white elementary schools. She was the only one who was sent to William Frantz Elementary. She was not welcomed to say ...more
Whitney Illing
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The Story of Ruby Bridges tells an extraordinary story of a brave young girl who was the first African American to attend first grade at an all white school during segregation. Even though others were against this and called Ruby names, this did not stop Ruby from going to school. The illustrations throughout the book made me feel like I was in the moment. This book pulled at my emotions, wondering how people could be so mean, yet Ruby prayed for them. This book was a WOW book for me because it ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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: 2-5;
Sep 26, 2012 added it
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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
Jill Williamson
This is such an important book for kids to read! It tells the true story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges who grew up in the South during the Civil Rights movement. She was permitted to attend an all-white school, but when she did, white people not only kept their children home, many protested as well. So each day Ruby walked through the angry mob and went to school by herself. I used this text for part of a fourth grade Ruby Bridges mini unit I wrote for (RL.4.5) comparing poems, drama, and prose a ...more
Jordan Henderson
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young girl who is the first African American girl in an all white school. She is escorted by federal Marshals to protect her from the hatred of white parents and students. She is unwanted in the school by almost all of the parents and other students, and is clearly unwelcome. Despite all of this she rises above it, and this brave little girl continues showing up. This is the true story of Ruby Bridges, and how she overcame racism to get a good education. I loved this book, a ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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....3/23/15

Read this again to the kids. She was such a courageous girl. Great example of what to do when you have enemies...krb 1/21/19
A beautiful book which tells the true story of the incredible Ruby Bridges, who at age six, walked through an angry, hate filled crowd to attend school, and in the midst of the crowd's angry taunts, prayed for those who reviled her. ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally made an emotional connection.
Kira Brighton
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely an important story to share.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
Tear jearker! I cannot imagine being so brave at such a young age!
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I remember being given this book when I was seven years old for Christmas and reading it over and over again. I ended up sharing it with some other friends so don't have it anymore but even after all these years, it holds a special place in my heart today. This was the first book that not only taught me about racism but also taught me about the power of well-written books. How books can provoke so much emotion in you, no matter how young and can stay with you for weeks and years to come. This wa ...more
Katie Gomez
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Story of Ruby Bridges shares the story of Ruby a six year old student who endures and preservers in the face of hatred, segregation, and unjust laws and believes. The beautiful illustrations and words express the hardship this young girl and her family overcame for months and months as she passed by angry crowds on her way into school each day in 1960. This account helps students realize that just because they are young, they can still make a difference in the world.

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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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