Children's Book Reviews
In this wonderful story written by Harvard University psychiatrist, Pulitzer-prize winner Dr. Robert Coles, for ages 5-10, there are more than 12 full pages of magnificent illustrations that convey the feelings of a child, supported by a loving family, who must endure the hardship of being ostracized in her school and community. Ruby Bridges is the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school at the age of six. Each day Ruby faces angry protesters as she is escorted to and from the first grade by federal marshals. With courage and dignity beyond her years, she becomes an important part of history and an example for all Americans.
For ages 8-12, this is a true account of what Ruby Bridges experienced as integration unfolded around her in 1960, amidst screaming segregationists. White children wouldn't attend school while Ruby was there and she remained, the only student in a classroom with one wonderful teacher, learning to read and add. Ruby's poignant words, quotations from writers and from other adults who observed her and dramatic photographs recreate an amazing story of innocence, courage and forgiveness. This story is an inspiration to us all. Ruby Bridges now lives in New Orleans, LA with her husband and sons. Forward by Nelson Mandela. Winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.
This magnificent book printed on heavy stock glossy paper, is a compendium of thirty-two of Africa's most cherished folktales. Many of the stories, in their oral form, as almost as old as Africa itself. They depict wise animals as well as evil monsters demonstrating that the underdog can, and often does, win. Accompanied by dozens of commissioned color paintings the folktales are an opportunity for young and old to learn about the precious legacy of many African countries. Author Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and then served for five years as the first black president of South Africa. He now lives in Johannesburg with his wife.#