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Ruby's Wish [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Shirin Yim , Sophie Blackall
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Kurzbeschreibung

1. Juli 2002
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.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 36 Seiten
  • Verlag: Chronicle Books (1. Juli 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0811834905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811834902
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 Monate - 12 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 27,8 x 22,4 x 1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 820.746 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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First-time kids' book author Shirin Yim Bridges uses a tender family story to travel back to turn-of-the-century China and teach a proto-feminist lesson about perseverance and self-belief.

Idiosyncratic young Ruby lives in a large (and wealthy!) Chinese family, in a gigantic "house filled with the shrieks and laughter of over one hundred children." She stands out because she insists on always wearing red, the color of celebration ("Even when her mother made her wear somber colors like her other cousins, Ruby would tie up her jet-black hair with red ribbons") but even more so because of her quiet dissatisfaction with the family's traditional gender inequity. Determined to study reading and writing--even when it means long hours catching up on more wifely training--Ruby eventually comes to the attention of her grandfather, the wise house patriarch, who springs a surprise as the time for her to wed approaches.

Graceful Aussie illustrator Sophie Blackall captures the culture--contrasted by Ruby's bright red defiance--expertly, with elegant calligraphy, muted period clothing, and countless nice details (from a porcelain bowl full of terrapins to ink smudges on Ruby's cousins' faces). And what's better, Bridges's well-structured story is true--with a fun surprise ending! (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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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


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If you walk down a certain road in a certain city in China, past the pet market with its yellow-and-green ricebirds hopping in their bamboo cages, and the goldfish and the terrapins in their porcelain bowls, you will come to a block of houses, five houses wide and seven houses deep. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr realistisches Buch 16. April 2009
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Meine Tochter brachte das Buch von der Schulbibliothek mit und wir haben es seitdem schon mehrmals verschenkt. Es handelt von der kleinen Ruby, sie lebt in China. Dort darf sie als Mädchen nur die Mindestzeit in die Schule gehen, jedoch möchte sie weiter diese besuchen. Sie vertraut sich ihrem weisen Großvater an, der dafür sorgt, dass sie weiter zur Schule gehen kann und auch später die Möglichkeit hat, zu studieren.
Das Buch basiert auf einer wahren Geschichte und ich finde, es spiegelt die Realität wieder. In vielen Ländern unserer Erde können Mädchen nicht den gewünschten Lebensweg einschlagen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gorgeous book with a powerful theme. 7. Dezember 2002
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Serendipity brought this book into our home and I'm so grateful. It is a beautiful book in every way, from its vibrant illustrations to its messages of respect -- for oneself, for one's elders, for one's culture and for the never-ending gift of learning. The story of Ruby, a Chinese girl whose intelligence, integrity and confidence inspired her family patriarch to break with tradition, speaks to all. We are African-American parents of a son. We read this book to him often and we know that, through hearing Ruby's story, our son's perspective on life and the world in which he lives has been enormously enriched.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lovely, true story of a girl in China 30. März 2003
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Ruby, a little girl living in turn-of-the-century China, is so named because she loves red, not just on holidays, but every day of the year. She also loves to study with her cousins in the school provided by her wealthy grandfather. Her calligraphy is especially fine, and she comes to her grandfather�s attention when she writes the couplet �Alas, bad luck to be born a girl, worse luck to be born into this house where only boys are cared for.� Her grandfather questions her kindly and finds out that she would rather attend university than enter marriage�which is, of course, expected of all girls at the time...
On the last page we learn that this is a true story, based on the author�s grandmother. We also get to see a photograph of this grandmother, one of the first women university students in China. And we learn that �every day, she still wears a little red.�
This is a gem of a book, with simple yet evocative writing and beautiful illustrations which capture emotions wonderfully and provide a wealth of detail on Chinese dress and décor of the time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A vivid tale of good fortune, perseverance and familial love 17. September 2005
Von Deb Nam-Krane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ruby is a little granddaughter of an old man who "struck it rich" in California (and lived to tell the tale). His wealth is such that he takes on many wives (a sign of wealth and privilege in Old China), has many sons (a sign of good fortune) who in turn take many wives, and ends up with over one hundred grandchildren. He arranges for a tutor to teach any who want to come (even the girls, going against the traditional customs) and is surprised to see that little Ruby (so named because she defiantly wears celebratory red even when there is no holiday) is the grandchild with the most promise. Long after all the other girls drop off and are married away, she persists with her lessons, even though it means that she must work late into the night on her "wifely" arts like embroidery. As hard as she works, she is keenly aware that tradition will soon force her to give up her studies and marry. When her grandfather is made aware of her unhappiness and asks her to explain, he listens but says nothing. What will happen next may not be much of a surprise, but the twist at the end is sure to bring a smile to the face of the reader.

This story "works" on many levels. The bright palette of the book makes Ruby pop off the page. The illustrator does a good job of showing Ruby progress from quietly curious to defiant yet resigned. The restraint of the illustrator is as evident as the skill. The point of the story is of course powerful and poignant: most girls in Old China as well as many places in the modern world are trained to be only wives and mothers at the expense of opening the world to them through reading and writing. While her grandfather's benevolence shields her from that fate, the author still shows the subtle ways in which a young child would understand what her expected role was. However, she manages to do it without beating the point with an age-inappropriate hammer.

This is a great story that ages five and older will be touched by.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enchanting book for smart kids wanting a chance to learn 16. Dezember 2004
Von Emily Hawkins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In olden China, a family with over a hundred members lives in one large house. The grandfather patriarch sets up a school just for his grandchildren. This story focuses on one girl, nicknamed Ruby because she always wore red. Ruby loved to learn and felt badly that boys were given more opportunities than the girls were. Boys were able to go to university; girls got married. After writing a simple poem expressing her thoughts, the grandfather asked Ruby to tell him why she felt that way. The next New Year's Day, Ruby was given more than her usual "lucky money" in her traditional red envelope. She had a letter of acceptance to a university -- making her one of the first women to attend. This story is written by Ruby's grandchild.

This story is simple and sweet. The kids are so cute, and you get a bit of Chinese culture by understanding gender roles and holiday customs.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a Great Book! 11. November 2004
Von Lynn Ellingwood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a very inspiring book and I can't believe it hasn't been reviewed before. I don't want to reveal the surprise at the end but it is very sweet. A Chinese girl wants to go to school. What does her grandfather say?
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