Ruby Mae Has Something to Say by David Small

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Written off by her neighbors in Nada, Texas, Ruby Mae Foote nevertheless remains bound and determined to deliver a message of peace and understanding to the world, despite her sudden inability to speak.
 

About David Small

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David Small was born on February 12, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan. He studied art and English at Wayne State University, and went on to complete graduate studies in art at Yale. After receiving his MFA degree, he taught drawing and printmaking at the State University of New York, Fredonia College, Kalamazoo College, and the University of Michigan. He also created editorial cartoons for publications such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1980s, he lost his teaching job due to cutbacks. It was then that he committed himself to combining his loves of writing and art. His first picture book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head, was published in 1981. He earned a 1997 Caldecott Honor and The Christopher Medal for The Gardener, written by his wife, Sarah Stewart. In 2001, he received the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in So, You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George. His editorial drawings regularly appear in publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and The Washington Post.
 
Published July 14, 1992 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 30 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Raiding the UN kitchen, Billy Bob quickly rigs an alternate that makes Ruby Mae a figure of fun, sending the delegates into giggles but also nicely setting up her punch line: ``...you have only to speak plainly, even though you may look foolish.

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Small's ( Imogene's Antlers ) keen sense of fun and comic flair infiltrate both the text and the cartoony pictures that tell this winning story of Ruby Mae Foote, whose Texas home is the World Headquarters for Universal Peace and Understanding.

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Tongue-tied but clear-sighted Ruby Mae addresses a U.N.

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