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Ruby's School Walk Hardcover – July 1, 2010

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 1–Ruby has a vivid imagination. As she and her mom walk to school, a stream inhabited by frogs and logs becomes full of snapping crocodiles. An empty house becomes filled with ghosts and flying witches. A neighborhood tabby hiding behind a wall is perceived as a crouching tiger. Each time, she reminds herself, “I must be brave, I must be strong.” She hops, dances, wields an imaginary sword, and sings her way to school. As she and her mother enter the classroom, Ruby's “heart beats fast,” her “feet go slow,” and she doesn't know “what to think or say.” Mom encourages her to continue to use her imagination throughout the day and says, “Ruby, perhaps today you will be.../Catching dragons in the sky,/And teaching fairies how to fly....” The girl is ready to settle happily into her seat, and readers think her apprehension about school is gone. But the last page shows that among Ruby's classmates are a frog, crocodile, ghost, and tiger. The illustrations are rendered in acrylic paints and watercolor pencils. The pictures are filled with energy and varying perspectives, and use bright, happy hues to depict big green crocodiles and snaggle-toothed monsters, but the ending is confusing.–Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Like Peter Sís’ Madlenka, the spirited little girl in White’s picture book finds imagined adventure in an everyday stroll. While walking to school with her mother, brown-skinned Ruby passes a haunted house (“It’s just an empty place for sale,” says Mom) and stands up to a crouching tiger (“That’s just Old Fletcher’s tabby cat”). In each encounter, Ruby summons her courage: “I must be brave, I must be strong.” When she reaches her school though, her valor falters: “My heart beats fast, my feet go slow.” Luckily, Mom uses her own imaginative powers to both reassure her daughter and reinforce the sense that magical things can happen anywhere, especially in the classroom. Although the bouncing rhymes don’t always scan perfectly, the energetic words and repetitive lines will encourage lively, interactive read-alouds, and Latimer’s bright, mixed-media cartoon artwork amplifies both the comedy in Ruby’s fantasy world and the happy hum of the inviting classroom. A cheerful offering that may help soothe new-school jitters. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846862752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846862755
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,634,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathryn White was born in Bradford on Avon, England. Her first children's picture book; When They Fight was selected as a Notable Social Studies Book by the US Librarians Association. Her second picture book; Here Comes The Crocodile was short-listed for the Sheffield and Nottingham Children's Book Awards. Ruby's School Walk is her latest picture book, published by Barefoot Books in the US and UK. Ruby's School Walk was short-listed for the Boston Globe Best Readaloud Book Award. Kathryn has published 30 titles.

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Format: Hardcover
Ruby's School Walk is a cute, rhyming picture book about a girl and her walk to school. Where Ruby sees lots of excitement on her walk to school with her mother, making the extraordinary out of everyday things. Her mother reassures her as Ruby meets all these "dangers," while Ruby chants "I must be brave. I must be strong."

Of course Ruby makes it to school and safety, only to continue using her imagination as she dreams of what her day may hold for her while there.

The illustrations in this book are so colorful that readers will be instantly drawn into this story. I loved the rhyming text - perfect for lower elementary students who are learning this concept, and also because it gives a rhythm to the story, making it fun to read aloud.

I can see teachers using this book as school begins to reassure their students about coming to school, and to spark a discussion on the ways people arrive at school each day, the different things that are seen on their walk to school, and the ways we can use our imagination.
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Format: Hardcover
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Ruby's Walk to School begins with inviting endpapers & continues with delightful rhyming. Ruby's overactive imagination is illustrated playfully & the creative vocabulary i.e.'loom and lurk, highlighted in bold,can be used in an interactive read-aloud. Empowered along the way,she successfully overcomes her obstacles. Ruby loses her anxieties about the new school year depicted by the image on the last page where the characters she encountered become her classmates.
It is the perfect start the school year book for preschool and K. The online parent guide is terrific.
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Format: Paperback
Ruby's School Walk is a great book for the beginning of school. It is a fine example of fearing the worse and finding out that our imagination can get the better of us when we really don't have anything to fear. We find out in the end that we really didn't have anything to worry about. The illustrations are wonderful and it is a fun read with the rhyming words too!
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Our girls loves this book. The story has just the right amount of adventure. I purchased it just as my older daughter started preschool. The girls love to look at the map on the inside cover of the book and trace Ruby's walk. I also love books illustrated by Mariam Latimer.
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