Ruby’s Sword is a wish I have for children of today — an imagination that allows the mundane to become magnificent, where sticks can become swords and the dirt a canvas to draw a masterpiece of one’s choosing.
It’s also my wish for my own two children, a sibling relationship that is so close yet leaves room for forgiveness and the opportunity to make things right. A wish that, most days, appears to have come true.
Initially left out by her brothers after making an attempt to join them in play, Ruby allows her disappointment to send her on a path filled with the most marvelous discoveries. With her sword in tow, Ruby embarks on her own adventure, one filled with wonder and creativity thanks to her resourcefulness.
My daughter loved the book so much that she began engaging in an imaginary duel as I read it.
The illustrations are captivating and sweet. Details such as the look of determination in Ruby’s eyes, beautiful blue skies and the darling small animals that play alongside her are a delightful reminder of the adventures that await us outside. Just beyond our doorsteps are adventures that are especially grand when we have someone to share them with but also quite magical for a party of one.
Ruby’s Sword Written by Jacqueline Veissid + Illustrated by Paola Zakimi