Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author AUTHOR INSCRIBED. 2004 reprint of 1993 edition (number line starts with 8). NEAR FINE in NEAR FINE price intact dust jacket. Inscribed by Ms. Bridges on the title page, in black pen, "For Emily / Bless You / R Bridges." A crisp, clean, tightly bound copy. The only marking is Ms. Bridges inscription. Pages and pale blue endpapers are clean and crisp. There are 2 tiny tears to top edge of title page caused by paper clips, otherwise pages are fine. Hardcover, of gloss laminated pictorial paper (matching jacket design) is fresh and sharp-small bumps to bottom corners, otherwise fine. Binding and hinges firm, intact and straight. Jacket is clean and complete, slightly shelf rubbed but no tears or chips. Affixed to jacket is a gold award label for the Carter G. Woodson Book Award as well as a silver award label for the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. 9-¼ x 10-¾"; 64-pages.
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This is one of the most heart breaking, true stories I have read. It took me back to those days when the blacks did not have the same rights as the whites did. Take the journey with this little girl, feel and see what she did. She showed both Courage and Strength. This is a MUCH NEED TO READ BOOK.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-10-18 With Robert Coles's 1995 picture book, The Story of Ruby Bridges, and a Disney television movie, readers may feel they already know all about Bridges, who in 1960 was the first black child to attend a New Orleans public elementary school. But the account she gives here is freshly riveting. With heartbreaking understatement, she gives voice to her six-year-old self. Escorted on her first day by U.S. marshals, young Ruby was met by throngs of virulent protesters ("I thought maybe it was Mardi Gras... Mardi Gras was always noisy," she remembers). Her prose stays unnervingly true to the perspective of a child: "The policeman at the door and the crowd behind us made me think this was an important place. It must be college, I thought to myself." Inside, conditions were just as strange, if not as threatening. Ruby was kept in her own classroom, receiving one-on-one instruction from teacher Barbara Henry, a recent transplant from Boston. Sidebars containing statements from Henry and Bridges's mother, or excerpts from newspaper accounts and John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, provide information and perspectives unavailable to Bridges as a child. As the year went on, Henry accidentally discovered the presence of other first graders, and she had to force the principal to send them into her classroom for part of the day (the principal refused to make the other white teachers educate a black child). Ironically, it was only when one of these children refused to play with Ruby ("My mama said not to because you're a nigger") that Ruby realized that "everything had happened because I was black.... It was all about the color of my skin." Sepia-toned period photographs join the sidebars in rounding out Bridges's account. But Bridges's words, recalling a child's innocence and trust, are more vivid than even the best of the photos. Like poetry or prayer, they melt the heart. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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