This is Ruby
This is Ruby
Ruby might be an inventor. She even invented a time machine. If you could travel anywhere in time where would you go? Ruby decides to go back to see what the dinosaurs really looked like. And then she goes way back to see the day her parents met. And then she visits the future. And then she travels to an ordinary afternoon from last week. It was so perfect she wanted to live it twice. Ruby’s days are very full because she is curious about many things.
It’s hard to keep up with eager Ruby who has so many interests and enthusiasms to share with the reader. She’s created a town, she has plants to watch, she likes to figure out how things work and loves to time travel. Ruby has plans. She might be a doctor or an inventor, or perhaps an astronaut or engineer. In fact, Ruby is interested in so many things she is always busy. But she is never too busy to involve the reader and find out about their interests and never forgets to include her beloved dog Ruby in her pursuit of knowledge.
This title reveals a child caught up in all the exciting possibilities that life can offer, knowing that there are so many awesome things to do each day. It is presented via short readable staccato statements from Ruby as she is seen flitting from one enthusiasm to another. A satisfying interactive component encourages children to think of their own choices as the author asks, ‘She hasn’t decided yet. Have you?’ or ‘What kinds of things are you curious about?’ This is Ruby reflects diversity in terms of gender and race and provides a positive reinforcement of equal opportunity for females.
The artwork that glows with vibrant colors is as energetic and flamboyant as Ruby and full of small whimsical details that intrigue and delight. Children aged 4-7 will recognize Ruby’s joyful independent exploration of the many delights and opportunities available to a curious mind.
Aileen Wortley is a retired Children’s Librarian from Toronto, Ontario.