Ruby's Wish

by Shirin Yim Bridges and Sophie Blackall

Young Ruby loves the color red, and she loves to learn. Living in China at a time... read more

Young Ruby loves the color red, and she loves to learn. Living in China at a time when few girls were taught to read or write, Ruby eagerly studies with the tutors her grandfather has hired for any child in his house who wants to learn. Ruby excels, and her grandfather takes great pleasure in her success. So he’s saddened and puzzled when he reads a poem Ruby has written lamenting her fate as a girl in a house “where only boys are cared for.” Ruby’s dream is to attend university—an option open to her boy cousins, but not to girls in China. Shirin Yin Bridges based this charming and ultimately uplifting story on the life of her grandmother, who, like the fictional Ruby, was accepted as one of the first female students at a university in China. Sophie Blackwell’s elegant gouache illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to Bridge’s narrative. (Ages 6-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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