by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford
The inspirational true story of Ruby Bridges.
The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles' powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope continues to resonate more than 60 years later.
Target age: 4 to 8
About the Contributors:
Robert Coles is the author of many distinguished books for adults, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for volumes two and three of the five-volume work Children of Crisis. A research psychiatrist at Harvard University, Dr. Coles lives outside Boston, Massachusetts.
George Ford has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Mr. Ford lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.