Academic journal article Language Arts

Hello, My Name Is Ruby

Academic journal article Language Arts

Hello, My Name Is Ruby

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Hello, My Name Is Ruby Written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead Roaring Brook, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 5964-3809-5

"Ruby introduced herself. 'Hello, my name is Ruby.'" So starts this heartwarming story of a small yellow bird-short of stature but possessing an expansive spirit and open mind. Ruby's winsome ways and extroverted nature pay off when she meets a tall white bird with rainbow-colored feathers and experiences flying with a friend for the first time. Next, she discovers new pleasures on the ground by walking with a bright green flightless bird. In conversation with a giraffe, who listens with curiosity and concern showing clearly in its eyes, Ruby acknowledges some fear due to her size but quickly demonstrates how she literally rises above it. She flies in formation with other birds in an aerial image that seems to pay homage to Leo Lionni's exquisite underwater choreography in Swimmy (1963). Stead's delicate pencil, pastel, and watercolor illustrations extend Ruby's free-spirited charm.

The central pages of the book depict Ruby's continuing journey as she seeks friendship and adventure in her gentle and joyful way. …

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