Category: Biography"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 ...
Category: Biography"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 racism."Ford's moving watercolor paintings...capture the...warmth of Ruby's family and community, the immense powers against her, and her shining inner strength." --Booklist
This book is a gem. The story is beautifully told in a manner that the reader imagines him- or herself right there, in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1957. The author, Robert Coles, is a highly respected child psychiatrist and the author of many, many books. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his "Children of Crisis" series; in fact, in the first book, "A Study of Courage and Fear," Dr. Coles describes in great detail the time he spent with a 9-year-old African American girl named Ruby, along with the rest of her family. He recounted his stay in a later volume, "Lives of Moral Leadership." Dr. Coles, thus, tells us Ruby's story first hand. Dr. Coles follows up with an Afterword about Ruby Bridges, both as a girl and an adult. George Ford's illustrations complement the text beautifully; his artwork has graced many other books about prominent African Americans and have earned him at least two prestigeous awards. Both the author and the illustrator bring young readers of all ages a beautiful, sensitive portrayal of a remarkable event and equally remarkable person.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-12-19 Ruby Bridges was the sole African American child to attend a New Orleans elementary school after court-ordered desegregation in 1960. Noted research psychiatrist Coles tells how federal marshals escorted the intrepid six-year-old past angry crowds of white protestors thronging the school. Parents of the white students kept them home, and so Ruby "began learning how to read and write in an empty classroom, an empty building." Although there are disappointingly few words from Ruby herself, Coles's use of quotes from her teacher adds to the story's poignancy ("Sometimes I'd look at her and wonder how she did it.... How she went by those mobs and sat here all by herself and yet seemed so relaxed and comfortable"). The story has a rather abrupt ending; the concluding page reprints the prayer that Ruby said daily, asking God to forgive the protesters. Coles cursorily finishes the tale of Ruby's unsettling year in an afterword (two boys and then the rest of the students returned to school; the mobs dispersed by the time Ruby entered second grade). Ford (Bright Eyes, Brown Skin; Paul Robeson) contributes affecting watercolors that play up Ruby's moral courage. Ages 5-9. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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