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Written by Shirin Yim Bridges,Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in; 36 pp; full color throughout, Ages 4-8Guided Reading Level: N
July 2002 ISBN 9780811834902 ISBN10 0811834905
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Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.
Shirin Yim Bridges comes from a family of writers and artists. She has lived in many countries around the world and now lives in Northern California. This is her first book for children.Sophie Blackall has illustrated two books, A Giraffe for France by Leith Hillard and 20 Party Tricks published by Chronicle Books. She lives in New York with her husband and two small children. Just like Ruby, her favorite color is red.
>> TEACHER'S GUIDEAwards and honors for Ruby's Wish: 2005 Monarch Award: Illinois K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List 2004-2005 California Young Reader Medal Nomination, Picture Books for Older Readers (California Library Association) 2004 Arizona Young Reader Picture Book Nomination (Arizona Library Association) Nebraska Gold Sower Award Nomination2004 Nevada Young Readers' Award Nomination (Nevada Library Association)2004-2005 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Book Nomination2003 Amelia Bloomer Project/ALA Recommended Feminist Books for Youth South Carolina Book Awards Nomination Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nomination2003 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award 2003 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award 2002 BABRA (Bay Area Book Reviewers Association) Award Nomination, Children's Literature Publishers Weekly, Best Children's Books2002 Publishers Weekly's 13th annual "Off the Cuff Awards," Most Eye-Catching Jacket Northern California Book Award NominationChildren's Book Sense 76 Pick "Best Books of 2003," Arne Nixon Center for Children's Literature Bookbuilders West Certificate of Excellence
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