Hello, My Name is Ruby written and illustrated by Philip D. Stead is a fanciful story full of life. Ruby is a small bird looking for a friend. With her curiosity and spirit of learning, Ruby is so charming.
The illustrations were done with chalk pastels, colored pencils, and colored ink. On the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog, Philip Stead shares his artist process with adults who love picture books, like me. If you take a look at the 7-Imp site, you’ll see the types of illustrators that inspire Philip, and then when you see the book, you’ll identify with those inspirational pages.
Hello, My Name is Ruby is also about friendship, inquisitiveness, and life, in the most subtle way that a children’s picture book can be. You’ll marvel at the different kinds of birds. They are, in their way, otherworldly. This title would be great to share with preschoolers and early elementary. On one page there is a bird that doesn’t want to be friends, this gives us a chance to share with children that not everyone will want to be friends.
Share this delightful story with a young friend or family member. You’ll be glad you did. And maybe you’ll venture out and try to find out why someone would name a yellow bird Ruby.