algeer, September 16, 2008 (view all comments by algeer)
I read the book Ruby Lu Empress of Everything. The book was a story abou a young girl dealing with immigration, friendship, special needs, and everday issues of a second grade girl. Throught out the book she helped her cousin deal with life in an American School. Ruby neglected her studies and fell behind in class. I thought this book was a fun and interesting book to read to second graders. Children love to hear about stories from their age group and they learn to identify with the character and the situations explored int he text. I would use this book to teach children about the way people deal with different family dynamics.
amymbr, September 16, 2008 (view all comments by amymbr)
What I liked best about “Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything” was how her thoughts and actions were as real as a 2nd grader could be. I could imagine Ruby Lu as a real girl walking around and getting into trouble. I liked how Ruby Lu was very adventurous. Her swimming experiences and her experiments on the playground slide really made me laugh. Her relationship between her and her family that emigrated from China was a good example of how difficult change can be even if it does involve your own family and customs, but Ruby’s love for her family helped her get through all of the change. I wanted to keep reading to see what Ruby Lu was going to do next. Ruby Lu remained me of my own daughter who just finished third grade, so I could relate to Ruby Lu’s relationship with her best friend and all of the ups and downs that happen throughout a relationship between two 2nd grade girls. To me Ruby Lu was a smart loving little girl who wanted to grow up, but yet still had lots of fun just being a kid.
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knkreger, September 15, 2008 (view all comments by knkreger)
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything is full of adventures that are intriguing to all readers. Swimming fears, smile buddies, and even summer school are adventures that Ruby Lu and her Chinese-American immigrant cousin Flying Duck experience and sometimes they even find themselves in the principal's office. The Illustrations and structure of the chapters make reading fun and comprehension easy for young readers.
kry16stal, September 13, 2008 (view all comments by kry16stal)
Ruby Lu is an Asian-American second grader whose cousin Flying Duck emigrates from China to come to live with her. At first Ruby Lu is ecstatic that about the situation. She loves the attention, being a Smile Buddy and all the new things she learns from Flying Duck. Eventually all the change is too much for Ruby Lu. Her family is eating different foods and speaking minimal English. Ruby Lu’s distinctive attitude on life from one extreme and humorous event to the next is illustrated throughout the book. In addition the book shows many episodes of how literal young children take things such as when the 911 operator asks Ruby-Lu , “Where’s your emergency?” and Ruby Lu answers, “In the dining room.” Throughout the book there are situations that many young children ages 6-10 can relate to and would enjoy reading about. For example, Ruby Lu and Flying Duck are sent home with a note for their parents. Since notes from the teachers are usually considered bad; she hides both notes. In the end the note actually turns out to be positive. Despite the differences that Flying Duck faces from being deaf and knowing minimal English, she fits right in. Everyone likes Flying Duck and embraces her differences. This book is a good one that shows children about diversity and friendship. Ruby Lu by Lenore Look is a fun and enjoyable book but is also educational.
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Taya, September 10, 2008 (view all comments by Taya)
This amusing and often comical story, takes you through a year in the life of spunky second-grader, Ruby Lu. In Ruby Lu:Empress of Everything, by Lenore Look, readers experience the challenges, conundrums, thoughts, and emotions of Ruby Lu as she finishes the second grade, adjusts to the presence of her Chinese immigrant relations in her home, including a deaf cousin of her own age, deals with school and friendship issues, and overcomes a fear.
This is an excellent read that first-third graders will find delight in (as well as teachers, parents, and college education majors). Its easy flowing style, utilizing relatively simple but smart vocabulary, accommodates first-third graders reading levels, while a glossary full of more complex words included in the book, encourages growth. The book’s lighthearted style, series of events, and comical anecdotes will keep children interested. The book entertains and informs. Children will learn about immigration, the deaf, friendships, and fears. The main character, Ruby Lu, is one that children will be able to identify with. They will also be able to relate to some of her experiences. Readers will fall in love with clever illustrations done by Anne Wilsdorf that, full of character and action, help to bring the story to life.
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Don't miss the latest adventures and misadventures of Ruby Lu! The second book in the series about this quirky, inventive northwestern girl will make you laugh at the way Ruby sees the world, squirm in discomfort when she makes the wrong choices, and cheer for her when it all, somehow, comes out right in the end. And you get to learn a little Chinese sign language on the side what a deal!
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