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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 through her own words.
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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Mariah Roze
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book to my students to give them a more in depth look into segregation than just a picture book.

In November 1960, Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old black girl, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists, surrounded by federal marshal, into her school. This book is her story! Her struggle and the amazing bravery that not only she had but her family.
Dec 05, 2014 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
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for age 9-13. After reading, I'm going to take a look at Steinbeck's book Travels with Charley that documents part of Ruby Bridges' story. This is an easy book for a young child to middle grader to understand with great pictures as well. ...more
Jun 01, 2015 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 J.
Apr 14, 2015 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
Jul 08, 2010 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
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, eye-opening story that just shows how terrible racism is and how recently we have had segregation in the United States.
Great story in a disastrous format!

I loved the story, style and the fact it was told from the perspective of a child - describing (recent) U.S. history. Only after I started the book I realised it's a children's book and accordingly the language and style are rather simplistic but still interesting.
The only issue here is - there's no table of contents which would be very helpful with so many small chapters. Though it could be counted to the technical part of the book and this one is a disaster.
Carlos Gastelum
Dec 08, 2014 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 Ruby d
Mar 27, 2010 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
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Been reading the elem Reading Olympics books after Seth if he recommends them. I have been learning a lot! It is shocking that we ever treated people this way, but oh wait, we still do :(
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never fails to stun me that Ruby Bridges is younger than my parents. This is her story, in her own words, of what being that tiny 6-year old who had to be surrounded by federal marshals in order to walk into her elementary school was like. This is not ancient history. This is the 1960s, and schools were still not integrated in the south. Her descriptions of the mothers who stood outside chanting terrible and obscene things to a child; how one of the ties she was really scared was when one of t ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
although i knew who ruby was, i have to say i’ve never read very in depth about her and this was an incredible first hand account of how she helped to change history (it is insane to me that she is only the same age as my mum... how was segregation still that recent?! it is mind blowing and appalling to think how recent the civil rights movement was and how far we still have to go!)

there were also excerpts from others in the book to show a more rounded picture of things ruby might not remember
Carol Baldwin
Feb 10, 2012 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
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Mar 02, 2013 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
Paige Scott
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-summaries
1) This is a biography of a 6 year old African American girl, surrounded by federal marshals, walking through a mob that was screaming over segregation rights, who walked right into her school like it was nothing. She went to the office, and from where she was in the office she could hear students being yanked out of classrooms by their parents, because the parents did not want their children there. However, little Ruby the next day went to school again through the mob, but didn't see a single s ...more
Apr 21, 2012 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
CH_Emily Scholnik
Mar 10, 2010 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
Feb 10, 2016 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
Kimberly Pilling
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Almost everyone in the United States has learned about the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Brown v. the Board of Education was a pivotal moment in our history and the struggle to truly and adequately integrate education is still one that faces us today. It is a struggle and a story that we have all heard many times but rarely from the perspective of one of the children who was at the center of it. “Through my Eyes” by Ruby Bridges is the autobiographical tale of one little girl who unwittin ...more
Alex Macchi
Feb 08, 2015 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
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Lisa, North River patron, July 2018, 5 stars:

Although this book's intended audience is children, adults will likely enjoy it as well. Ruby's story is told mostly in her own words but contains some passages from her first grade teacher and others involved in the 1960 integration of this black child into a formerly all white school in Louisiana. I was enthralled and horrified by Ruby's experience of being a young black girl escorted to school by U.S. marshals in the midst of screaming and protesti
Ms. Goodbooks
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While the intended audience for this book is children, I found this book to be valuable in filling in the blanks for me on this episode of our nation's history. Told by Ruby herself, the book provides a deeper look into the experiences of children of color during these years. I am left wondering why we adults leave our children to do so much of the fighting for us when it comes to issues of such magnitude. The book provides excerpts and quotations from news articles and magazines that were publi ...more
Dustin Phillips
As a reader, I really enjoyed this book. Ruby Bridges has always been a role model to me because of her courage to be the first African American girl to attend an all-white school. Although, my brother is not African American, he too at one time in history would have been denied access to attend schools similar to what Ruby was integrated in. This book is a great book to read and shares a lot of history for Black History Month.

As a future teacher, I will use this book in my classroom and have i
Edgar Meraz
Jun 04, 2015 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
Jan 22, 2013 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
Courtney Umlauf
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This a wonderful telling of the story of Ruby Bridges, with plenty of details but not an overwhelming amount of text to go along with the pictures. It does a great job of simplifying a very complex subject to a level that's approachable for upper elementary aged students, without removing any of the seriousness of the topic. For certain reluctant readers who'd rather steer clear of non-fiction all together, the fact that it's written from Ruby's perspective will make it that much more engaging. ...more
Feb 21, 2014 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. ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though this is really a children's book, I still enjoyed reading Ruby's story - I've wanted to learn more about her experience.

A Note about the KINDLE Edition: Basically, don't attempt to read this on Kindle. This is formatted for paper and shouldn't even be sold on Kindle, but, it can be read fairly well on a full size iPad (9.7) - anything smaller simply won't work. You still may need to "pinch and zoom" to make various sections larger for comfortable reading.
Sep 09, 2015 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. ...more
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