With the festivities starting in a little more than two weeks, I wanted to share our favorite Chinese New Year book with you. Ruby’s Wish, by Shirin Yim Bridges, is the story of young girl living in China in the early 1900s, whose greatest wish is to attend a university. I don’t want to give too much away because the ending has a couple of wonderful surprises.
You know how I’ve talked about Tim’s struggles to make it through The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey without getting weepy? Well, I have yet to read Ruby’s Wish without getting weepy myself. Which I’m sure is mildly alarming (or amusing?) to the classrooms of children I read this to every year during Chinese New Year celebrations. But it’s such a beautiful story!
Sophie Blackall‘s illustrations are incredible—she manages to depict Ruby’s vibrancy (among other things, Ruby wears something red every single day), all while capturing many special aspects of Chinese culture.
If you read Ruby’s Wish, you’ll have to let us know what you thought of the ending—and if you made it through without choking up!