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Ruby's Wish

Shirin Yim Bridges (2002), 36 pages
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Multicultural, Picture Books
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In the story 'Ruby's Wish' by Shirin Yim Bridges, we get a small glimpse into the Chinese culture through the eyes of a little girl who loved the color red. Ruby always dressed in red because in China, red is the color of celebration. She lived in the house that Grandfather built. It was a huge home because he had many wives, who had many sons, who had many children. So at one time, Grandfather's house overflowed with the laughter of over 100 children. He loved and cared for them all. He even noticed little Ruby's thirst for knowledge and was impressed at how hard she worked on her lessons. Ruby was permitted to continue in school while most Chinese girls left the schoolroom to learn how to keep house. But Ruby knew that the day would come when she would have to marry and end her dreams of going to the University. But Grandfather had other plans for Ruby. His plans were all wrapped up in the color red. Read this beautifully illustrated story to see if Ruby finally gets her wish.
Similar authors: Andrea Cheng; Yong Chen
Similar books: Sivu's Six Wishes : a Taoist Tale by Jude Daly; Orange Peel's Pocket by Rose A. Lewis; The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Yim Bridges
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/1/2011
ISBN-10: 0811834905
ISBN-13: 9780811834902
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Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India

Jan Thornhill (2005), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jan Thornhill
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural, Picture Books
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All snuggled up in her palm and mango grove, little hare did what she did best, 'worry'. So when a ripe mango dropped from the tree making a loud crash, she was convinced that the world was breaking apart. Determined to save herself and her fellow creatures, hare raced through the palm grove, through the thicket, through the marshland, through the brushland, and through the forest, to alert all her fellow creatures about the approaching doom! The Rumor by Jan Thornhill is an ancient Jataka Tale from India. The young reader will be captivated by this book's brilliant illustrations while at the same time, calling to mind a similar story whose main character also thought that the sky was falling.
Similar authors: Roberta Arenson; Lila Mehta; Marcia Brown; Gerald McDermott
Similar books: Monkey: A Trickster Tale From India by Gerald McDermott; Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India by Lila Mehta and adapted by Meredith Brucker; Manu and the Talking Fish by Roberta Arenson
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/30/2012
ISBN-10: 189437939X
ISBN-13: 9781894379397
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Rumpelstiltskin

Paul O. Zelinsky (1996), 40 pages
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
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A miller's daughter, trapped by her father's boasting, will die unless she spins straw into gold for the king. When a tiny man appears and offers to help, she has no choice but to accept his terms. When he comes to collect the debt, her first-born child, she must use all her wits to save her son. This retelling of the Grimm Brothers' tale is rendered in beautiful oil paintings. With rich colors, these paintings convey the nuances of the story of the miller's daughter and her dilemma.
Similar books: Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
Awards won: Caldecott Honor Book 1987
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/22/2010
ISBN-10: 0140558640
ISBN-13: 9780140558647
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Run, Jump, Whiz, Splash

Vera Rosenberry (1999), 32 pages
Illustrated by Vera Rosenberry
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Picture Books
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Follow the fast-paced adventures of two friends as they run, jump, whiz and splash through the four seasons.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0823413780
ISBN-13: 9780823413782
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Ruth and the Green Book

Calvin Alexander Ramsey (2010), 29 pages
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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Ruth is excited to travel with her Mama and Daddy by car from Chicago to visit her Grandmother in Alabama. But she soon learns that African Americans are not welcome in most restrooms, hotels, and restaurants. When a friend guides them to an Esso service station they find The Green Book, a guide to businesses welcoming black people. This is an interesting story about a little-known piece of African American history.
Similar books: Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins by Carole Boston; Fishing Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney; The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 4/23/2012
ISBN-13: 9780762352556
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