Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges

Ruby's Wish

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.

Details Ruby's Wish

TitleRuby's Wish
Release DateJul 1st, 2002
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Cultural, China, Historical, Historical Fiction, Family

Reviews Ruby's Wish

  • Manybooks
    This engaging historical story (a true account, it seems, and based on the childhood of Shirin Yim Bridges' own grandmother) tells the story of Ruby, a young Chinese girl growing up in a large household, where the enlightened patriarch (Ruby's grandfather) allows both girls and boys to be educated. Ruby however, desires more; she also wants the opportunity to attend university like her brothers and male cousins. Will her grandfather grant Ruby he...
  • Tisha
    This is a story of a little girl named Ruby who loved the color red! She used to live in a very big family in China. Although the girls in the family were allowed to learn reading and writing along with the fellow boys of the family, they were married off very soon. But Ruby wanted something different. She wanted to go to the university! So she raised her voice against the tradition of their family in front of her Grandfather! It's a very beautif...
  • Sen Ogino
    Just finished reading this and now I'm crying tears of joy. T_T Review to come.
  • Kathryn
    This is a wonderful story about a girl in 1900s China, living in a big traditional house headed by her grandfather and filled with his many wives, children and grandchildren. But there is something special here... unlike most houses, the girls are allowed to study with the boys. Of course, they must keep up with all their other training, too, like housekeeping and embroidery after their academic lessons while the boys get to run off and play. But...
  • Ronyell
    I have read many children’s books that take place in China, but I had read a children’s book that is as inspirational and heartwarming as “Ruby’s Wish!” “Ruby’s Wish” is an Ezra Jack Keats award winning children’s book by Shirin Yim Bridges along with illustrations by Sophie Blackall that is a heartwarming experience that the whole family would relive over and over again!In ancient China, there lived an old man who had an enormo...
  • Julie
    A little gem of a daughter named Ruby joined our family this past June, and it just so happens she looks quite a bit like the Ruby in this book. I wasn't familiar with Ruby's Wish, but a thoughtful friend brought it over as a gift.Ruby's Wish has nothing to do with adoption, but is instead the story of a hard-working, motivated little girl who wishes to be the first in her community to attend college. It is a story of perseverance, and it sheds l...
  • Lisa Vegan
    This is the story of the author’s grandmother, a little girl growing up in China in a wealthy and forward thinking family. She wants to go to University (at a time when it was rare for women to attend) more than she wants to get married. I really love Ruby’s grandfather; he’s a special man in so many ways. I love how Ruby always wears some red, and I love Ruby’s personality and aspirations and determination. This one made me cry near the ...
  • Patricia Stephens
    This was a wonderful story, based on true events, that tells of a girl who wishes to to a university instead of getting married in the Chinese culture. All throughout her childhood, she stands out from the rest in her class and is seen to be very intelligent and have a passion for learning. While all of the other girls are learning what they usually learned back then, like cooking and taking care of the house, she continued to go to school. When ...
  • Abigail
    Based upon the childhood experiences of her own grandmother, Shirin Yim Bridges tells the delightful story of Ruby, a little girl living in "Old China," whose love of the color red, and intense desire for learning set her apart from her sisters and girl cousins. Fortunate enough to belong to a wealthy family whose patriarch who allows both the boys and girls in his family to be educated, Ruby still wishes for more. She wishes to attend university...
  • Erika
    This is a sweet (true!) story that a young girl tells about the life of her grandmother. It's a peek into the culture of one Chinese family with an inspiring ending. This would be a great story to use at the beginning of a unit on biography or primary source research. Students would have a good example for interviewing a family member or friend and writing the story to publish for the class to be kept in "archives." It shows children that writing...
  • Skye Kilaen
    I cannot read this book without tearing up. That made storytime a little challenging! Ruby's Wish is based on the story of the author's grandmother, one of the first women to attend college in China. It's such a quiet book and conveys such love, even though there's a family conflict at the core of the plot. Ruby is a distinctive character and her story is a positive tale about progress in gender equality. Love it.
  • Susan
    A wonderful, touching story about a brave little girl who wanted to go to university when her culture and times were against her. The best part? It is the true story of the author's grandmother (and in a very real sense also of her great-grandfather).
  • N_Allie l
    The story begins in the palace of one old very rich man. This old Gold Rush miner married many wives and had many children. Eventually those children had children and so on and so forth. The whole family lived together "in a certain city in China...once upon a time". Although there were many children living in this palace, one character sticks out to us immediately; Ruby. We learn that Ruby got her name because she loves to wear the color red (re...
  • (NS)Jennifer Reiner
    Ruby is different then other girls in China. She isn't focused on getting married when she grows up, she wants to attend a university like the boys in her family. Ruby's grandfather hires a teacher to teach all the children in the family. Ruby writes a poem one day saying that it is very hard to be a girl in the family because of the expectations. The grandfather and teacher are amazed and proud of Ruby's work, and she continues to succeed in sch...
  • Nancy Meservier
    Ruby's Wish tells the story of a young girl growing up in China who is given the unique experience of being allowed to go to school as a child, despite the fact that she is female. Ruby's biggest wish is to attend a university like her brothers. Ruby's Wish is a lovely story written by Shirin Yium Bridges. She does a fantastic job of immersing the reader in China. The story behind Ruby's Wish is a true one, and the author at the end reveals that ...
  • Brittany Clark
    Ruby's Wish is a work of fiction, though it is based on a true story. This book is about a young Chinese girl who aspires to go to university and study rather than get married. Fortunately for Ruby, her enlightened father allows her to study, provided that she can keep up with her regular chores. Ruby works hard to impress her father, and he eventually allows her to attend university.Ruby's Wish is a lovely story that discusses women's roles in f...
  • Bernice
    I absolutely loved this true story of Ruby! She is a young girl in China that is faced with the challenges of being the only girl in an all male family lead by her grandfather. Unlike the Chinese expectations of Chinese women, Ruby wishes to have the same rights as all the males in her family, including going to an university. This story gives a good representation of what life was like in China and mentions many traditions. In the end of the sto...
    The hush of dependable peaches and greens gently gives way to a crescendo of red in this thoughtfully unfolding, true story of a young girl with a dream -- and the patient, respectful cracking of cultural constraints that made her dream come true.Listen to our chat about this book on our Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.
  • Katie
    I probably shouldn't count this towards my yearly goal, since it is basically a short children's story, but it fills a place on my summer book bingo board on the #weneeddiversebooks square. It's cute, I think my daughter will enjoy it, and I liked the message. The illustrations were particularly beautiful.
  • Nancy Kotkin
    An inspiring story of a little girl in China who was allowed to read, write, and learn in a time when girls did not usually attend school. Thanks to her kind grandfather, her wish of attending university was realized. The story is all the more special because it is based on the real life of the author's grandmother. Truly gorgeous illustrations reflect Chinese culture, fashions, architecture, and customs.
  • Jenny
    This is a wonderful story of a young girl in China. She loves to learn and is lucky enough to live in a household where the girls can learn alongside the long as they don't neglect their embroidery and other housekeeping duties. Ruby dreams of attending college and feels it unfair that boys can go to college but she will have to marry. Then on Chinese New Year, she gets a wonderful surprise from her grandfather.This is a true story and ...
  • Jennifer
    This is one of my very favorite books ever. When my children were younger, I'd read it aloud to them often and it never failed to bring happy tears to my eyes. (view spoiler)[紅包 ( hóngbāo - red envelopes filled with coins/money, traditionally given to children at CNY, a.k.a Spring Festival) plays a pivotal role in this story. (hide spoiler)] Although I've missed CNY 2019 by a couple of days, I thought today would be a good day to review thi...
  • LauraW
    This is an compelling introduction to some cultural differences that might actually interest kids of our dominant (American) culture. I was especially intrigued by the description of the household, with the patriarch and all of his descendants. It could make for some wide-ranging discussions with students about gender roles and differences in values. Thought-provoking.
  • Robert Davis
    Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer and New Illustrator (2003)
  • Maggi Rohde
    The main character in this book maintains a lovely balance between respecting traditional Chinese culture and expressing a desire for something more.
  • A
    3.5: Nice. Abrupt ending; I wish we knew more about the real person's life afterward.The red outlines around everyone were a nice touch.
  • Cody
    I don’t get how people love this book. Nothing happens. No tension, just results. I’m all for girl power, but this was just “zzzzz....”. “Girls need education,too, grandpa.” “Ok granddaughter,go to school.” Story over.
  • حسناء
    i love stories from china , and it was great to that this on is a true story
  • Baby Bookworm
    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Today’s book is Ruby’s Wish, written by Shirin Yim Bridges and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, the true story of a girl and her thirst for education.In a big house in China, a long time ago, there lived an enormous family. The patriarch had taken many wives and had many children, who married and had their own children. One of...