Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ruby's Wish, by Shirin Yim Bridges

In China during the 19th century, Grandfather has a household of many wives and many children. Ruby, his spunky little granddaughter named for the color she loves, writes a poem describing how the girls in the family are not treated as well as the boys. As we learn about the Chinese family structure and household traditions, we also see how Ruby's great desire to go to university comes true. Her determination and her loving relationship with her Grandfather make her wish come true. In a surprise ending we see a photograph of the author's grandmother on whom Ruby's character is based. The appealing illustrations, which are unclutted and accented in bright red, complement the story. While learning a little about Chinese history, the reader is gently presented with the timely topics of women's equality and the value of education.
C. Buchanan

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