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Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  562 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
“[Raschka's] marvelous sequences, fluid style, and emotional intelligence capture all of the momentum and exhilaration of this glorious accomplishment,” raves School Library Journal in a starred review.

Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, wh
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Age: K-2nd
Milestone: Learning how to ride a bike

I don't care how many medals he's won, this is a definite dud of Raschka. The text is more suitable for a 3-year-old so this would would not be good for an older child taking the training wheels off, even though this event is covered in half the book. The watercolor paintings that have little detail are not suitable for illustrating a sequential passage of time. For example, Raschka tries to fit nine pictures onto a spread and I cannot tell a singl
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition was okay. I think I may be in the minority here but I just wasn't a fan. I'm not sure that the story being told here warrants watercolor illustrations. Also, the dad's head (at least I think that's who the adult male is supposed to be) really disturbs me; it's hanging sideways off his body! I did enjoy the use of a few more advanced vocabulary words, including grace and determination. Would I chose this book to read for storytime? Probably only if I was presenting a storytime on bikes/l ...more
A young girl provides step by step instructions to learn to ride a bicycle...complete with some falls and lots of practice and determination...but ultimately with success!

Could be used to discuss perseverance/determination...or to discuss growth mindset.

Could be paired with Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike.
Bevin lost in Wonderland
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Conversation with my son (almost 6) after reading this book:

"So did you like it?"
It was good, but ok.
"Why just ok?"
"Was it only ok because every time you said something you were scared about with riding your bike without training wheels, it would talk about it?"
*hides face* Oh!

This book was a gift for my son from his grandpa because I've been talking about taking his training wheels off, and my son has been scared. He's convinced he's going to break his leg/arm/wrist/head when he fall
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
In some ways it was amusing that I picked up Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike, because I'm in my late 20s and I don't know how to ride a bike. So I guess I could have used this book when I was a kid. Chris Raschka's text is very simple. He starts with "Want to learn to ride a bicycle? First you need to choose the perfect bike for you. Let's go!" Like I said, I can't ride a bike, but it seems like a pretty accurate depiction of learning.. the girl falls, gets up, is a little scared, but her dad ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The two-time Caldecott Medalist returns with another exceptional picture book. In this book, a little girl learns to ride a bike. She first picks out the bike she wants to try, then watches other people ride their bikes. The training wheels are very helpful, keeping her upright and they steadily are moved upward so that she can start to balance on her own. Training wheels off, she tries riding in the grass but when she heads down a small hill, she tips over. It takes a lot of courage to get back ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Yes, I am aware he's an award-winning illustrator. But I do not like his illustrations. Why, why, WHY does the adult in this book always have his head at such an angle as to indicate broken vertebrae??? I find it completely creepy. I just don't like 'em. And that's okay. On to the story....

Know a kid who wants to ride a bicycle but is too afraid to learn? Maybe if he or she reads this book through a few times the necessary courage will be found. That's basically all this is, just the kind of thi
Jesse Lasarte
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Raschka seems to never disappoint. Again and again he manages to tell a pleasant and simple story with wonderful illustrations. Learning to ride a bike seems to be one of those universal struggles that every child could learn from. That is, nothing worth doing is every easy. Besides a great message, I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. They are very colorful, but they also capture heartfelt scenes nicely. My favorite illustration is the young girl holding her father when she feels de ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle is a motivating young children's books for learning to ride a bike. Keep trying and don't give up! Soon enough, you will be riding. Even though the book suggest readers of the age 4-8, I would suggest this book for 3 year olds. It has a very simple text with interesting water color pictures with everything seeming to have a shade of gray mixed in. I really liked the illustrations because they were life like but a tad different. This book can promote conversat ...more
I really don't understand the starred reviews on this one. I just read PW's. SLJ's, and Kirkus' and am baffled--are we reading the same book? The text is nice, a good, encouraging message for children learning to ride, but the pictures are just horrendous. I found the picture with all the bike-riders amusing, but ugh the style just hurts my eyes. I don't see this appealing to my child-self either--even then I wanted more appealing images.

Story: 3 stars
Images: 1 star
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: info-bios
I like this book because this was an informational book as well as a how to ride a bicycle. The illustration definitely engages the children and helps children who might be afraid of learning how to ride a bike. It talks about the struggles one faces and its inspiring in a way that motivates one to go and try to ride a bicycle. I think children as young as 4 would enjoy and benefit from this book. I would use this book to help my students with a step by step activity.
Melissa Mcavoy
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, 1st-3rd
I gave this a quick read and have not read it to a child. I was underwhelmed by the story, which straight forwardly conveys the long process of learning to ride a bike: raise the training wheels, fall over, take the wheels off, fall over, go down a hill, fall over. Persist and you will learn to ride a bike. (oops, hope that wasn't a spoiler) The scenario could have been enlivened by charming illustrations, but I found the watercolor images muddy, really unappealing and unvaried.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I did not love this book, nor did I like was simply something I read which I didn't hate. I wish the star system had a symbol for "I'm ambivalent." Simplistic to the point of uselessness, there was nothing I could glean from this book other than children may use it to learn words but certainly not to learn how a story gets written. It is as though the author threw words on a page that were vaguely connected, but in the most aggravatingly basic way to create a sentence. No w ...more
Rhett Baerlocher
Realistic Fiction
illustrations are ink and water color
Learning how to ride a bike can be hard at first. It takes a lot of practice. The girl in the story falls a few times but does not give up and the father is there to pick the child up again. To ride a bike it takes luck, grace, and determination but with all of them, a person should be able to ride the bike. At the end of the book it says "and now you'll never forget how." and I love it because I love riding a bike and I hope I never forget
I checked out this book, because it was on the list of books for creating a growth mindset in the classroom...and I can see why it made the list. The focus on effort, in the face of set-backs, challenges, and long duration in pursuit of a goal was rewarding for more than its target audience. I also loved how overlapping story was about mentorship--we can't forget that important role/person in this greater narrative.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
A young girl is learning how to ride a bicycle with the help of (I assume) her father. It's a story that is written well for the age group.

However, the illustrations were not appealing. They felt blurry, almost sloppy. And I really did not like the weird head tilt of the father. It's as if the dude had a broken neck.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, picture-book
I liked the message overall, but I felt like it was targeted for a younger audience and yet that may not be the group actually learning this skill. Definitely positive and encourages persistence to reach a goal.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great story to tell about learning new things and trying hard
Terri Curtis
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, picture-book
Great read-aloud about never giving up!
Inna Han
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This book reminded me that how I learned riding a bicycle for the first time. I was afraid of falling down but now i really like to ride a bicycle.
Great timing for this book as my preschoolers are learning to ride.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A simple picture book on all the steps needed to learn to ride a bike. Can easily be translated to learning ANY new skill.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The art is super creepy/unsettling.
Elizabeth Finney
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: growth-mindset
Would be difficult as a read aloud - better as a lap book. I like the idea of it, and certainly relatable.
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE by Chris Raschka, Random House/Schwartz & Wade, April 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-375-87007-1

“Alan, again after carefully calculating and measuring (I never quite figured out where he got all the figures and thought it might have something to do with him being smarter because of the Canadian blood), decided that if you got up to twenty-six miles an hour and angled a ramp to ensure (that’s how he put it, ‘to ensure’) that you got at least seven
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BOOK TITLE: Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK: In this book, Chris Raschka narrates how a young child is eager to get a bike, but then must struggle through all the trials and obstacles involved in learning how to ride it. The child needs and gets support, encouragement, comfort and praise as she learns how to ride. She falls, picks herself up again and again, until finally she can ride!

FOCUS: (1) CHARACTERIZATION: The characters in this story are not described di
Monica Jung

Raschka, Chris. Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle. Random House. New York, 2013.

Target Audience: Preschool to Grade 1

The story is about a little girl having the courage to ride her bike without training wheels with the help and support of her Grandfather. The moral of the story is that if you want to do something; make it happen. Let your determination lead the way to your success! Teaching children the meaning and value of "determination" in life is a great quality, but this book is really n
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2014, childrens
I am not a huge fan of Chris Raschka's illustrations. I know that a couple of his books have won the Caldecott Medal, and I don't dispute the artistic quality of his work, but I just don't like his style. Still, when I saw this book, I thought it would be a fun read. I read it during a trip to the library but didn't borrow it because I thought our girls might consider it too babyish.

The narrative is short and encouraging, showing children a classic progression of learning to ride a bicycle, sta
Pattie Simmons
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka

Short Description of the Book: In this story, Raschka uses few words and lots of illustrations to show how a child can fail, yet in the end succeed in a common occurrence that all children have; learning to ride a bike.

Focus: Endings: Raschka ends the book with a strong supportive claim to never give up. Through the images seen by reading and illustrations, students can see how to end a narrative with a bang!

Teach: W8.4-Produce clear an
Grace Willits
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
"Everyone Can learn to Ride a Bicycle" is an “utterly simple picture book” about learning how to ride a bicycle. Anyone learning to ride a bike will appreciate the trials that the young girl in this book experiences while she is learning. Raschka tells, and shows, a grandpa helping his granddaughter with bikes; choosing a bike, training wheels, how to get up when you fall, staying determined and finally learning a skills that will be with you forever. The pictures help to tell the story by showi ...more
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"I always try to treat the book itself as the artwork," Chris Raschka says. "I don't want you to stop while you're reading one of my books and say, 'Oh! What a gorgeous illustration!' I want you to stop at the end of the book and say, 'This is a good book.' "

Chris Raschka is one of those people who knew from an early age what he wanted to be when he grew up. "It was never a question in my mind,"
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