Ruby the Copycat

Bibliographic Information: Rathmann, Peggy. Ruby the Copycat. New York: Scholastic, 1991. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book is about a girl named Ruby who goes to a new school and tries to fit in by acting like a girl who sits in front of her at first and then her teacher.  In the end, she realizes that it is more fun to act like herself and people even like her more that way too!

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-3

Readers who will like this: This is a fun story to read, so any students who enjoy an easy to read story with plenty of fun pictures will love this book.  It is an interesting book and many students may have been in either girls position in the book, so it is also relatable.

Rating/Response: 5 – I really enjoy this book because it has some humorous parts and it is just a cute story that almost all students could enjoy.  It could be read in class or the students could read it by themselves.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Does everyone know what it means to be a copycat or to copy someone else?

Reading Strategy: First Day of School

Rationale for Strategy: I placed this book under the first day of school category because I felt that it could be used to show students that it is alright to be themselves.  They should know that sometimes people like them better as themselves.

Posted by: Breanna Richey


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