Ruby tête haute

(Ruby holds her head high) Book not yet available in English


Taking Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With as her starting point, a teacher tells her class the story of the girl in the painting, Ruby Bridges. Ruby was a six-year-old girl in Louisiana in 1960 when she became the first black girl to attend an all-white school and found herself at the centre of a violent political struggle for racial equality.


A powerful retelling of the story of Ruby Bridges in a first-person narrative that creates a real sense of presence for the reader. The large-format illustrations are a series of paintings illustrating the violence of the emotions, words, and actions that suffuse her courageous account of true-life events. The fight against discrimination is embodied by brave, exemplary female figures – Ruby herself, her mother, Mrs. Eisenhower, and Barbara Henry, the teacher who kept teaching no matter what. The book was published in association with Amnesty International.

Edited by: University Library "Livres au Trésor" and the Research Centre "Pléiade" of the University of Paris 13 (France)

Author(s): Cohen-Janca, Irène

Illustrator(s): Daniau, Marc

Series: Mémoire d'éléphant

Publisher: Les éditions des éléphants

City: Paris

Year: 2017

Pages: 40

ISBN: 9782372730327

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: FR

Original Language: FR

Keywords: Equality, Ethnicity, Famous personality, Rights, School

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