Ruby's Wish (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

Shirin Yim Bridges is an award-winning author and the founder of Goosebottom Books. She lives in Foster City, California. Visit her website at

Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include "Ruby's Wish" and "Meet Wild Boars". She also illustrates the Ivy & Bean series.Sophie lives in Brooklyn, New York and can be visited at

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811834902
ISBN-10: 0811834905
Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)
Publication Date: July 2002
Pages: 36
Language: English