Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Ruby’s Wish


Ruby’s Wish. Written by Shirin Yim Bridges and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Scholastic Inc., c. 2003.

Reading Level: 600L

Synopsis: Ruby’s Wish is the tale of a young girl growing up in China. Ruby is unlike other girls her age as she longs for an education above all else. During a time when women were not education, Ruby fights for her right to education and ends up being the first woman to attend college in China.

Rationale for Use: Beautiful illustrations; great use of color and line.

Content Area Connections: China, culture, gender roles

Possible Problems or Areas of Concern: May invite a discussion of gender roles that may be offensive to some.


By Ashley Jacot


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This entry was posted on November 14, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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