Ruby is a children's picture book by Alison Lester, a writer and illustrator from Australia.
|Lester, Alison. Ruby. Houghton, Mifflin, 1987. ISBN: 978-0395464779
Ruby's mother made her a patchwork quilt when Ruby was a baby. She loves it so much that she names it "Besty" because it is her best friend. In this book, Ruby's quilt helps her have the courage to face her fear--namely, the serpent she believes lives under her bed.
|Ruby, Besty, and the serpent
Ruby and Besty fly away one night to an island where she saves the cubs of King Vidor and Queen Zinnia from an evil serpent.
|Ruby and Besty saving the cubs
In return for this act of courage, Ruby received the Blue Bird of Bravery which was sewn onto Besty by Sir Uncle Elmo.
|Blue Bird of Bravery award
Ruby and Besty return home, and when Ruby wakes the next morning, the Blue Bird "seemed to wink at her in the morning sun."
|Notice the patchwork "serpent" under the bed.
Ruby's and Besty's adventure in the night lends courage to the girl, and she is able to confront that scary "serpent."
|Ruby dons the "serpent" and is ready to face the day. 🐍
In this book, the quilt represents friendship and courage--specifically the courage that results from having a true friend by your side. The illustrations are in soft, dreamy colors, and it would make a great book to read at bedtime.
You can find more information about Alison Lester on her website.
If you would like to hear the author read the book, a video is available HERE.
A reminder--you can find my posts on Quilts in Children's Literature by clicking "Children's Literature" in the list of labels on the right-hand pane of this blog.
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