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3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Margarita lives in a mansion. When she climbs her favorite tree, she can look down into the beautiful garden below. She can also see the small house next door where her friend Rosario and her family live. One day she sees Rosario and her brother dragging her tricycle into their yard and hiding it under a pile of boxes. Margarita decides to lie and protect her friends, but ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 16th 2007 by Groundwood Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Michelle Pegram
Jun 07, 2014 Michelle Pegram rated it really liked it
Tricycle is the story of a young girl, Margarita, who lives next door to a family much poorer than her own. She often climbs a tree in her yard and watches her yard as well as that of her friends, Rosario and Chepe, across the hedge. She has a secret hiding space in the hedges and she and her neighbor, Juanita often share this hiding space. One day she leaves her tricycle in the space in the hedge and looks out later to see Rosario and Chepe taking her trike and hiding it under a box. Her ...more
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This book is about a girl that is middle class, but has neighbors that live in poverty. She watches as two neighborhood children steal her tricycle. She comes to terms with it at the very end when she realizes that if the volcano off in the distance would destroy her neighbors house, but not here due to the build of get house vs their house. She realizes that she is probe lagged and that she can let the fact go that her tricycle was stolen. This book is interesting because it addresses class ...more
Brittany Lee
Oct 30, 2013 Brittany Lee rated it it was amazing
Genre- International
Grade Level- K-2
Awards- None
This is a wonderful story that illustrates how a young girl lies to protect her friends even though she knew the truth of what they did. This book is good to show students that no matter what situation they are in, it is never okay to lie. This international book shows our students that every child around the world also goes through obstacles in their life and have to learn to make the smart decision during situations. As a follow up activity, I w
Lauren Ritcey
Oct 30, 2013 Lauren Ritcey rated it liked it
Shelves: fab-40
Genre: International
Awards: None
Grade: K-2
Comments: I would use this book with a younger class to discuss the idea of lying and stealing. I would read the book to the class and then the students would be able to tell me what they know about lying and stealing and if it is an okay thing to do. I would give the kids the chance to explain if they have ever lied and if they got in trouble. This would then promote the students to get an understanding of friendship and if it really helping someone if
K.A. Okagaki
Jan 31, 2010 K.A. Okagaki rated it it was amazing
This continues to be one of my favorite picture books, though perhaps not every parent and child will be able to relate. It has some complex themes and emotions, and introduces the concepts of people who have and those who have not. The story has a literary quality to it, quite beautifully done. Children who are learning to read and have outgrown most picture books might do well with Tricycle.
Jul 23, 2009 A rated it it was amazing
Great picture book with a rare literary quality. About the development of conscience in a small child and the understanding of those who have, and those who have not. Perhaps not a book for every child, but an excellent choice for a parent looking for a book that will open the door to a meaningful conversation.
Jan 28, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
I feel there are deeper issues behind the simple words. At first I thought the illustrations are too dark, as if they were photos taken without a flash or something. But then they got brighter, and I wonder if it's intentional, reflecting the emotions of the narrator, sort of like the effect of Sendak's illustration spreads of 'Where the Wild Things Are'.
Beth Schencker
Nov 19, 2014 Beth Schencker rated it really liked it
A touching story of a young girl watches as her poor neighbors steal her tricycle, and what she decides to do about it.
Oct 14, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-picture-books
A couple layers of complexity here - a stolen bike? - a poor family living next to a rich family. Margarita observes these things and makes decisions that may surprise you.
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First person point of view of a girl in Guatemala, shows contrast of rich and poor.
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This book teaches students to give and not be selfish. It encourages sharing.
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