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She Persisted: Ruby Bridges

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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by NAACP Image Award-winning author and Coretta Scott King Honor recipient Kekla Magoon, readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges--and how sh Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by NAACP Image Award-winning author and Coretta Scott King Honor recipient Kekla Magoon, readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges--and how she persisted. As a first grader, Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was no easy task, especially for a six-year-old. Ruby's bravery and perseverance inspired children and adults alike to fight for equality and social justice. Perfect for back-to-school reading! Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Ruby Bridges's footsteps and make a difference! Praise for She Persisted: Ruby Bridges Bridges' voice, quoted from various sources, gives readers access to her own perspective. A context-offering complement to Bridges' own books for children. -- Kirkus Reviews


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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by NAACP Image Award-winning author and Coretta Scott King Honor recipient Kekla Magoon, readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges--and how sh Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds! In this chapter book biography by NAACP Image Award-winning author and Coretta Scott King Honor recipient Kekla Magoon, readers learn about the amazing life of Ruby Bridges--and how she persisted. As a first grader, Ruby Bridges was the first Black student to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was no easy task, especially for a six-year-old. Ruby's bravery and perseverance inspired children and adults alike to fight for equality and social justice. Perfect for back-to-school reading! Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Ruby Bridges's footsteps and make a difference! Praise for She Persisted: Ruby Bridges Bridges' voice, quoted from various sources, gives readers access to her own perspective. A context-offering complement to Bridges' own books for children. -- Kirkus Reviews

54 review for She Persisted: Ruby Bridges

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    The courageous story of Ruby Bridges is presented in this very accessable book from the She Persisted series for children. What Ruby had to go through just to go to school is unbelievable; the angry crowds yelling at her - one can only imagine how a six year old could even process such hatred. The fact that Ruby was able to persist is testimony to her bravery. Our children need to read about the struggle people like Ruby have endured and overcome.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Part of the She Persisted series. Magoon shares Bridge's life from birth through her bravery as a six year old and through her adult years as an activist. Part of the She Persisted series. Magoon shares Bridge's life from birth through her bravery as a six year old and through her adult years as an activist.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    It is truly appalling the vitriol that people will spread based on hate, and specifically Racism. When I read Ruby's story my heart hurts for this child that was carrying the weight of the country on her shoulders. It is incredibly impressive the way she persisted then and continues to fight for the rights of Black Americans. This was a great addition to the She Persisted Biographies and as usual has an easy to follow list of ideas for kids today to continue the fight. It is truly appalling the vitriol that people will spread based on hate, and specifically Racism. When I read Ruby's story my heart hurts for this child that was carrying the weight of the country on her shoulders. It is incredibly impressive the way she persisted then and continues to fight for the rights of Black Americans. This was a great addition to the She Persisted Biographies and as usual has an easy to follow list of ideas for kids today to continue the fight.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lolo Onda

    Excellent book! Short and sweet and so important for readers of all ages!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ricki

    I learned a lot I did not know about Bridges' activism in later years, but this brought up some questions for me about her early life that I will need to look into further as I am sure the answers are too complicated for a children's book. I learned a lot I did not know about Bridges' activism in later years, but this brought up some questions for me about her early life that I will need to look into further as I am sure the answers are too complicated for a children's book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura Porto

    I loved this story. Yes it's only a 1/2 hour long but it sparked my interest in what Ruby Bridges went on to accomplish as an activist. I have her authored works on my TBR list now. I loved this story. Yes it's only a 1/2 hour long but it sparked my interest in what Ruby Bridges went on to accomplish as an activist. I have her authored works on my TBR list now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Beautiful audio book. A simple, easy to listen story about Ruby Bridges, the first black girl to attend an all white school during the days of integration. A beautiful book to introduce to younger readers about important leaders who led the first steps to a fairer, equal society in the days of racial segregation.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Not surprisingly, this recent entry in the She Persisted chapter book series focuses on Ruby Bridges. This first-grader broke the ground in integrating the public schools of New Orleans in 1960. Accompanied by federal marshals, she entered William Frantz Elementary School in order to get a better education as stipulated by the law. And while she eventually had classmates during her second year in school, during that first year, it was just Ruby and her teacher, Mrs. Barbara Henry, in the classro Not surprisingly, this recent entry in the She Persisted chapter book series focuses on Ruby Bridges. This first-grader broke the ground in integrating the public schools of New Orleans in 1960. Accompanied by federal marshals, she entered William Frantz Elementary School in order to get a better education as stipulated by the law. And while she eventually had classmates during her second year in school, during that first year, it was just Ruby and her teacher, Mrs. Barbara Henry, in the classroom. Poor Ruby didn't even get to eat lunch with her peers or play outside with them. Author Kekla Magoon carefully mines quotes from Ruby that describe her experience as well as making note of the hardship this decision spearheaded by the NAACP caused for her family. Readers gain insight into Ruby's formative years and supportive parents as well as the hostile environment into which she walked. She also relates what happened after Ruby's school years and her life as an adult. The black-and-white sketches complement this moving story of heroism and persistence quite well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A good introduction to Ruby Bridges' early life and later activism. A part of Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted series, this is an important deepening of our knowledge of the history and the person who Ruby Bridges became. You can count on Kekla Magoon to deliver a solidly researched story that makes us relate to the girl who integrated schools. A good introduction to Ruby Bridges' early life and later activism. A part of Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted series, this is an important deepening of our knowledge of the history and the person who Ruby Bridges became. You can count on Kekla Magoon to deliver a solidly researched story that makes us relate to the girl who integrated schools.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I have been reading the "She Persisted" series with my older son. He usually reads each chapter book first and then I read it, and then we discuss. For this one on Ruby Bridges, I read it first because he was busy reading books for school. I had never heard of Ruby Bridges, so I was interested from the start to learn more about this brave young girl. She was the first black student in New Orleans to integrate into a previously all white public school. At only 6 years old, she had to deal with an I have been reading the "She Persisted" series with my older son. He usually reads each chapter book first and then I read it, and then we discuss. For this one on Ruby Bridges, I read it first because he was busy reading books for school. I had never heard of Ruby Bridges, so I was interested from the start to learn more about this brave young girl. She was the first black student in New Orleans to integrate into a previously all white public school. At only 6 years old, she had to deal with angry mobs and be escorted by federal marshals just to attend school. Her story is a powerful one. I was left a little unsatisfied because this chapter book doesn't delve into what Ruby Bridges has accomplished as an adult. From a quick google search, it looks like she has gone on to become an accomplished speaker and author. I'm interested to learn more about this civil rights icon.

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