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The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges

by Robert Coles Illustrated by George Ford

This beautiful picture book, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award-illustrator George Ford, and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles, tells the true story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school. Every day for months, Ruby persevered. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the classroom. Still, Ruby and her family would not give in.

Both the text and the watercolor paintings of this book capture Ruby's incredible strength, the love of her family, and the turmoil of America in the early 1960s.

Ages
8, 10
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Grade Level Equivalent
5.4
Lexile Measure
730L
DRA
34
Guided Reading
O
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
32
Genre
Autobiography and Biography

About the Author and Illustrator

Robert Coles
George Ford

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