Written By: Robert Coles, Illustrated By: George Ford
Ages: 7-10 years of age.
Ruby Bridges grew up during the most tumultuous times of the civil rights movement; she was the first African-American child to attend an all Caucasian elementary school. And everyone in the town was against it. Everyday Ruby had to be escorted into school by the U.S. Marshalls amongst people who threatened to kill her and do harm to her, but she instead prayed for them and the mean things that they said to her. And to top things off, no other children would go to school because Ruby was going to school and only one teacher stayed to teach her.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
I think all children would benefit from reading this book. It shows what can happen when you follow your dreams despite what other people say and think of you. It is a valuable book that teaches children about the civil rights movement without being to graphic.
What problems do you see arising from reading this book?
Children might be disturbed from the treatment that young Ruby recieves from the adults that taunt her when she goes to school.
What was your reaction?
I liked this book. I am very interested in the civil rights movement and I was overjoyed to find a children's book that is able to explain the trials of it without being too graphic for children. It is extremely educational.