Ruby's Wish

Author(s): Shirin Yim Bridges; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)


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's full of ambition and the family who rewards her hard work and courage.


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"Bridges...handles the conflict between Chinese tradition and young Ruby's longing to attend university with grace and compassion....This understated tale takes Ruby's predicament seriously while still celebrating her love of learning and her joyful personality." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"As 'red is the color of celebration' in China, Ruby should bring joy to many young readers. A lovely read-aloud with illustrations to linger over." School Library Journal

"Ruby's determined character will capture the audience's imagination." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

.,."[A] tale of one little girls's dream to become more than was traditionally possible." Kirkus Reviews

"Told in a concise, straightforward style, the narrative provides just enough background for young children." Booklist

"Bridges' lively storytelling turns what could have been just another family story about a feminist in to a gem." San Francisco Chronicle

General Fields

  • : 9780811834902
  • : Chronicle Books Llc
  • : chronc
  • : 0.4
  • : July 2002
  • : 273mm X 217mm X 9mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shirin Yim Bridges; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
  • : Hardback
  • : Sophie Blackall
  • : English
  • : Fic
  • : 36
  • : colour and b&w illustrations