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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596438096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596438095
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–This deceptively simple tale eloquently explores the universal theme of making friends. “Hello, my name is Ruby,” says a small yellow bird as she encounters a variety of avian counterparts and discovers the shared pleasures of flying and walking. Another bird shows her that she need not feel small when she is among friends. But then one of her overtures, “Would you like to be my friend?” is met with rejection when a large bird with striking plumage says, “No, thank you.” In a poignant wordless illustration, Ruby stands in the rain, singing a sad song. After the sun dries her feathers, she meets a “curious bird” who peers at her from a great height. Ruby explains that a name “is a sound that is all yours,” and the pair exchange names: “ROOO-beee, ROOO-beee-OOO-beee-OOO-beee./SKEEP-wock, replied the bird. SKEEEEEP-wock-wock-wock.” Skeepwock is glad to meet her and tells her that he's heard her name before, leading her to a tree full of yellow birds just like her. Stead pairs a minimal amount of text with ingeniously crafted, mixed-media illustrations. Varying perspectives and brilliant use of color and line give voice to Ruby's emotions: from shy wonderment to abject rejection and, finally, infectious delight. This irresistible read-aloud, with its recognizable and much-loved theme, will resonate with children.–Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Nice to meet you, Ruby. Ruby is a small bird, and it can be tough out there in the big wide world for someone so petite. What makes it easier? A friend, of course, and so Ruby sets out to find one. “Hello, my name is Ruby,” she first introduces herself to a tall, plumed bird standing in water. The bird invites Ruby to fly with her, and so she does. She also walks alongside a bird the color of a parrot and even gets denied friendship by a peacock (which is followed by a poignant spread of Ruby, forlorn, in the driving rain). Eventually, she meets an emulike moppet named Skeepwock (after the sound it makes), who introduces Ruby to other birds just like her. And the more the merrier, as they say. Stead follows up A Home for Bird (2012) with an equally joyous celebration of color, texture, and memorable, winsome characters. One spread in particular, featuring many tiny red birds flying in the formation of an elephant, delights. The broad crayonlike strokes introduce a world of marshes, blue skies, and tundra, all of which are breathtakingly and simply rendered, but the focus is rightly on the expressive animals that populate it. Birds are certainly not the only creatures that are going to want to be friends with charmer Ruby. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann Kelley

More About the Author

Philip C. Stead divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. Philip is the author and illustrator of Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, and the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on December 16, 2013
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Wonderful little tale about making friends. Ruby is a friendly bird who goes from place to place to politely introduce herself and ask if any bird she meets wants to be her friend. She learns a little bit about each one she meets. Some like to fly, others can't and one bird is not interested in her at all, and while it saddens her, that's perfectly okay. She finally finds a flock of birds exactly like herself. Stead's sparse dialogue gets to the point immediately, that everybody is different. We should not be intimated by those differences, or in fact if someone chooses not to be a friend, we have to move on and find someone who will.. In the end, birds of a feather do not have to flock together, they can flock with a variety of differences and enjoy each other.Lovely book, about breaking the ice, moving on and having confidence in yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChavahAZ on November 17, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations, and a nice simple story. It's very sparse, but the pictures give us a lot to talk about. Will grow nicely with my two year old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jhernandez on April 30, 2014
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I bought this item as a gift for one of my VPK students who's name happens to be Ruby, she's learning to read and the graphics on the book and the short words make it easy to memorize/remember. She loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denyse on April 27, 2014
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I love the Stead books, the stories and the artwork. The first was "Bear Has A Story to Tell" and I buy more every time I find a new one. The stories are dear and the art beautifully done. I have 4 very young grandchildren so I keep a library of books I consider treasures at my home for all to enjoy. It seems I love them just as much as the children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 4, 2014
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“Hello, My Name Is Ruby” written by Philip C. Stead brings a nice children book story about friendship and love presented through the adventures of one little bird.

The main character, a cute small bird named Ruby who sings beautifully wants to meet new friends. Therefore she will introduce herself to every other animal – a giraffe, a stork, and others – she will meet on her way. Besides she lacks the company, Ruby is also a very curious bird so she will ask all kinds of questions.
In the end, Ruby will meet another bird which has already heard about Ruby; he will help her to surpass all her dreams and bravely fly away to new adventures…

Philip C. Stead with “Hello, My Name Is Ruby” made a warm and inspiring story for younger children that will be able to fully enjoy this little bird search for friends, adventures and knowledge. Besides his story is all about love, friendship and love, Stead’s work brings wonderful message about seeing the good in others.

How much young readers will enjoy the text of this story, equally can be enjoyed in its imaginative and expressive illustrations that are made in younger child drawings manner giving this book a special charm. The author used various though similar art techniques – colored pencils, markers and crayons - which will certainly encourage children to after its reading try to draw something by themselves

These all are reasons why in this picture book will fully enjoy children between 2 and 5 years; I can confirm that on the basis of my own experience - my little girl who with delight turns its pages while her Dad reads about the adventures of a small Ruby.
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This book is written kind of awkwardly. Some pages don't flow from one to the next, although some do. For example, on one page, Ruby has a conversation with a little red bird about being afraid because she's small, and on the next page the red bird shows Ruby how she manages to not feel afraid. But then the next page is an illustration of some penguins, and the text reads "Ruby introduced herself..." (yes, with the ...) yet the page after that has no relation whatsoever to the penguin page, almost like there are pages missing. So it seems clunky to me. My 2-year-old son likes the pictures, and he asks questions about the birds, which is great, and that's what matters.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on January 21, 2014
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Helps children to understand differences using colorful pictures and a simple and approachable methods. I wouldn't recommend if your child super bright.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kitchenelectricsjunkie on November 24, 2013
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Bought this for my niece, whose name is Ruby. The book is about making new friends, and is very cute.
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