Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality — 17 Comments

  1. What a great biography of a truly remarkable woman. I admire perseverance, love of family and determination to succeed no matter what. I liked the “exhibits” presented throughout. I think many students will hear the message that you need to work hard at your dreams and goals to make them come true and to help improve your community. Great book. Will be a wonderful addition to the classroom.

  2. This is a clever book. I love how it is written like the author is addressing a court. The sign about “No Dogs or Jews Allowed” will shock some children. It was a nice that the definition of the word “dissent” was included in the text and in terms that kids would understand. I am not sure if “rips apart” was meant in the exact context that the kids might think but it might make them think visually and similarly to the Hulk ripping apart something and that is relevant to Ruth. It is all about perseverance and strength and it is always good to have a variety of stories/people for kids to learn about these qualities. I am glad this one is in my collection already.

  3. Wow, one of my favorites! I didn’t know a lot about Ruth before this book and I applaud her even more now. She didn’t let anyone tell her she couldn’t do as much as she wanted just because she was a female. Probably better than that was that she didn’t try to use being a female as an excuse. This could be used as a part of our immigration unit and again available for the Famous Person Wax Museum project. I especially liked how she pointed out how her mother had dreams but hadn’t pursued them the way Ruth did. *****

  4. One of my favorite lines from the book is, “Being smart can be a great defense against such meanness and stupidity . . . ” Ruth Bader Ginsburg used her intelligence to overcome obstacle after obstacle. She never let anyone dissuade her from her goals and never let her gender or her ethnicity be a reason for others to thwart her. Of course I loved that the author mentions the love of a library and what books she loved – because reading is so important for smart girls! 🙂 I can’t help but think how far we have come since RBG began her education and career, but I also can’t help but think how much farther we have to go for complete equality! Great book.

  5. RUTH is a Jam Packed story for every child to read-boys & girls! The story in timeline format, along with a Glossary and Author’s Note, will be a book I will read/re-read and learn something new each time. All ages, all abilities should be exposed to this book. I would definitely have this book out during our Biography Unit. 5 Stars.

  6. I liked the format of this book, but not sure if the statements to the jury might be a bit confusing for young readers. I did enjoy reading the story and thought it was a great example of hard work and determination. I also like the fact that its about a relevant person. Someone we can look up and discuss what she’s done in recent years (during the lifetime of my students).
    4 stars

  7. I thought this book was interesting from a judicial point of view. I did not appreciate the illustrations. One could use it in the virtue’s lessons with determination and perseverance.
    3 stars

  8. Creative format. This book gave lots of great info on Ginsberg’s life at a level students can understand. The illustrations complemented the story and were in a great style that fit with the story. I could see bringing this book in during our biography unit. I don’t know that students would choose this book to read on their own, but would definitely be one I could read to them while discussing biographies or the Supreme Court.

  9. I thought it was a great biographical book on R.B.G. II feel it is a book you could use to discuss inequality and how people have overcome it and succeeded in their goals. This book would,be good As a resource book for a student to present R.B.G. At our history night. I rate it a 5.

  10. I’m glad that I chose this book to read first. I like it very much, because it was very matter of fact. It did not depend on flowery sentiments to move the reader, it simply told the story using the facts to convey the message. I would use this in curriculum during a non-fiction or biography unit. I wouldn’t limit it’s use to Woman’s History Month either. I think this book is usable for curriculum, but I don’t think I’d recommend it for pleasure reading because there are so many talking points that provide learning opportunities, and those could be missed.

  11. This is an excellent biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. I love the way it is written with the evidence presented like exhibits in a trial. It has so much information about her life and her persistence to succeed. The illustrations are great and perfect for the story. I would recommend this book for older students perhaps starting with 3rd grade.

  12. I loved this book but of course, the notorious RBG is one of my personal heroes. I appreciate that she fights for ALL people to have equal rights – especially her fight for women’s rights and equality.
    I would make sure this book is available in classrooms and libraries. As far as curriculum use, it’s a great look at the ERA and how far we have come— as well as how far we still have to go. I think it would definitely start excellent conversations in a classroom setting. I used to teach second grade and they are far deeper and more critical thinkers than most adults give them credit for. (This is true of children of all ages.) This may not be written at a second grade reading level but it certainly would be an appropriate read-aloud. It’s also a great book to display for Women’s History Month as well as a great recommendation for pleasure reading. 5/5 stars

  13. This children’s biography explains some very ugly situations of mistreatment of women and Jews in a way most third graders could understand. I am not so sure how well 2nd graders would understand the contents. I find it disturbing that a woman who worked so hard for equal rights for human beings could rule in favor of a woman’s rights to destroy another human life. That seems unjust. This book is written and illustrated well. I probably would shy away from it, unless I wanted to tackle the issue of equality for all human beings, even the tiniest amongst us! It would be a great book for an ethics class. ***

  14. I enjoyed the premise that the book was a law case…using terminology that students should learn about as part of the judicial process. I have also read “I Dissent!” and think that these two books would work very well together. Our third graders each spend time researching a noteworthy person for a biography project, so this could be something we read in library class while they are working on their projects. I think this book is a a great example of writing about what makes a person’s life noteworthy, versus just a recitation of facts from a person’s life.
    This book would also work for PBIS character trait instruction for determination/perseverance.
    4 stars

  15. While this book is inspirational, I’m not sure it’s at a level for my 2nd graders to understand. I would have this book in the free read section. I might pull some information from the book, but wouldn’t read it whole group. I give this book 3 stars.

  16. It was clever how the author wrote the story as if, they were giving a statement to a court jury. This included facts and evidence. I had known of some of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s challenges , but also learned more of her early life. I feel this story shows strength and determination to follow ones goals. It teaches to seek justice in a clear, kind and direct way. That justice is for all. The glossary at the end of the book is great. It may be important to learn or chart that vocabulary prior to reading the story to the class.

  17. This was a very inspirational story. I really enjoyed it would love to use this in the classroom! I liked it because it tells the story of a girl that never gave up regardless of how hard men treated her. She worked so hard for herself, her child and her husband. It is very important for boys and girls to know struggles that women faced and still face today. I would use this as a read aloud and invite discussion with the class about what they thought of it. I would also have students write a journal entry about their feelings. What do they want to accomplish that seems impossible? What to do if others don’t believe in you? This could raise a lot of class discussions.
    I rate this book 5 stars

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