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
It is an interesting story to inspire young girls to follow their dreams. It teaches that if you work hard, your dreams can come true. Beautiful illustrationsPublished 9 days ago by Bella Akpan
This was a nice book but I dont find it exiting! I love exiting books! Tia Deliperi 😀😙Published 2 months ago by Tia Deliperi
Gave to my Mom for Chirstmas- she is the ultimate feminist- inspiring tale about a Chinese girl who worked double-time doing 'girls' and 'boys' work and who was one of the first in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eva W.
I liked this book, it gave my 4 yo a new story to read with a message about women being able to do some other than be a princess, wife, animal lover. Read morePublished 17 months ago by keightpea
Great depiction of Chinese culture. The story as well as the illustrations were outstanding. This book could be used to teach children abou multicultural issues.Published 18 months ago by Merranda Marin
We love this book at our house. The level is just right for my 6 year old daughter to read to me, and the message is SO GREAT. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Corinne Brzeski
I love the simplicity of the way this story is told, in a chronological order, but beginning way before Ruby was born. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Ohioan
"Ruby's Wish" is a beautifully told tale about life in China many decades ago when extended families all lived together under one roof, and a time when prosperous men who had made... Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by Z Hayes