A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book include important vocabulary words, such as "unconstitutional" and "segregated," in bold, and defines them in the glossary. To help answer questions that children may have while reading, such as who, what, or where, timelines, maps, and illustrations provide more context. The story also highlights myths vs. facts. Incorporated throughout each of the book's eight chapters are "Think Tank" discussion questions that help expand the reader's thinking beyond the pages of the story. There's background on the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education and a quiz at the end to test the reader's knowledge after reading.
You're never too young to break down barriers. Everyone deserves access to an equal education. You can change the course of history by being courageous and brave.
Positive Role Models
Ruby Bridges broke down centuries-old barriers to integrate schools. Her actions paved the way for millions of other African American children in America. Ruby's parents made the difficult decision to be courageous and allow their daughter to attend a new school for a greater purpose, knowing she would face lots of difficulties. Mrs. Henry showed kindness and saw Ruby as an equal while teaching her.
The focus in on African American Ruby Bridges and her family amid the context of segregation and the struggle for equal rights. The story features diverse characters of different ages and races, with various strengths and shares diverse perspectives throughout history.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of the angry crowds that threatened Ruby outside of William Frantz Elementary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arlisha Norwood's The Story of Ruby Bridges: A Biography Book for New Readers is a nonfiction chapter book for kids age 6 to 9. Bridges was the first African American student to attend an all-White public school in the southern United States. This awe-inspiring, factual, and engaging book shares lots of important details about her life, the history of segregation in the United States, and the aftermath of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which established that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. The pages include lots of fact boxes, discussion questions, and visual aids to support learning. Difficult issues such as racial violence and segregation are detailed in a developmentally appropriate way that children can understand. Themes of the book include activism, history, and courage.
Is It Any Good?
This book is a wonderful example of the power we all have to make a difference in the world. The Story of Ruby Bridges: A Biography Book for New Readers illustrates the courage and hope Ruby Bridges and her family had when she embarked on her historic journey for an equal education. The story shares important facts and details from the time period in a child-friendly tone. Illustrator, Katie Crumpton's pictures are both heartfelt and engaging for kids. This is a wonderful and timely book that reminds us of America's history.
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