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The Girl and the Bicycle

4.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,316 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
From the creator of The Boy and the Airplane, a touching wordless picture book about a little girl, a shiny bicycle, and the meaning of persistence—with an unexpected payoff.

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hopi
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ebook, 40 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Caroline
Dec 13, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a picture book in the literal sense: it uses only pictures to tell its story, like the childhood favorite of many, The Snowman. The colorless illustrations (save the bicycle, which is green), are quietly beautiful, clean, and easy to follow. The story also--and most notably--has a pleasant old-time feel to it; the girl covets a simple bicycle; she counts money from a piggy bank; she sets up a lemonade stand and does chores for neighbors; she resembles a young Olive Oyl--all of this portr ...more
Laura
Nov 21, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books

I’m not a huge reader of wordless stories for kids. My reads usually need words to whisper, giggle, and tickle the audience. I’ve only come across a few over the years that captured my imagination and love. The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett can be added to that short list. This book hit me right in the heart!

Mr. Pett pulled me in with quiet, simple, plain illustrations of a girl and her plan to earn enough money to buy a bike. A bicycle she has been eyeing in the store window all year. Deter
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Philip
We loved this book. Loved it, loved it. I checked it out of the library quite a few weeks ago, and it is long overdue. I've only read it to the girls twice though.

I asked Poppy (3) if she wanted to write her first review about the book with me, and she said, "YES!!!" Right after that, Liz told me she loved the book, and has read it with the kids a whole bunch of times - and that it's Gwennie's favorite book that we have from the library right now. I almost invited her along for the review, but s
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David Schaafsma
Of the children's picture books nominated for the Goodreads awards this year, this is my favorite so far. It's a wordless book simply illustrated, with heart. The drawing is obviously hand drawn and doesn't have the wit and sophistication of some of the others, but this one has the most heart. It has some Chaplin and Gift of the Magi sweetness in it, for sure, and similar moves. A girl wants a bicycle. How will she get it? Sweet, even a little moving. I liked it very much.
Clare Cannon
This one's a keeper, the kind of picture book you want on your family bookshelf for years to come.

A beautiful, pictures-only story of hard work and kindness has been turned into a timeless classic by the naive, old-fashioned illustrations that speak straight to the heart.

So many special things jump out: a little girl's affection for her younger brother shown even in the way she holds his hand; the subtle humour in the images with little brother popping up in random places; the girl's ingenuity a
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Whitney Rachel
Jan 24, 2015 Whitney Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SUCH A GREAT STORY. I had goosebumps by the end, not entirely sure if that's because of the temp in the room or if the story was just that heart-warming.
Shelley
Can a book get more than 5 stars? What a wonderful heart-felt story. Also loved the tiny shout out to Pett's other book: The Boy and the Airplane.
Linda
Jun 10, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wordless...
simple drawings...
few colors...
a story of persistence...
harkening back to the 1940s & 50s of my childhood...
with a fun conclusion to the story.

The girl has her younger brother with her when she sees a new green two-wheeled bicycle in the store window. She needs money in order to buy this bike so she empties her piggy bank, checks her pockets, the dryer, under the couch pillows, only to find that she hasn't enough. She contemplates her options as seriously as a young girl can.
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Julie
Nov 07, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Excellent in so many ways, but if you have read, "The boy and the airplane" and pay attention to one particular illustration (hint: it's the only one with red instead of green), you will probably cry.
Jillian Heise
So sweet...and I love the connection to The Boy and the Airplane (watch closely for it) which made even more impact for me. A strong addition to the wordless picture book collection.
Niki (Daydream Reader)
My new favorite wordless picture book! It made me tear up at the end. I loved every page..but the last 2 pages are the best.
Heather
Nov 08, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
you guys. THE FEELS. TEARS. love.
Heidi
Oh my goodness. I'm trying to keep the tears in. They don't usually jump to my eyes THAT fast. Such a simple book and yet so sweet. Simple illustrations, but I love them. No words, but so much can be conveyed in those simple illustrations--which is amazing. And that the girls makes a lot of effort to achieve what she wants. Then what she chooses to do at the end--that was sweet right there. But what happened at the very end, oh my word. Still getting tears thinking about it. This feels like a Pr ...more
Karen
Jul 16, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Lovely book without words. Shows a girl who wants a bicycle and doesn't have enough money to buy it. She then figures out ways to make money to get it. Great ending. Perfect timing for us to look at this book...Jacob is trying to earn money to buy a Star Wars Millennium Falcon lego set.
Elizabeth A
Nov 22, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, 2014
I love wordless picture books because the words don't get in the way of a good story. Not only that, but each time you "read" it, you get a slightly different story. This picture book for young readers is pretty straight forward in terms of the story line and has lovely illustrations.
Jocelin
This is another great "wordless picture" book by Mark Pett. He can convey such great stories without saying a single word. This was a story of a girl who really wanted to get a green bicycle. She was very industrious of her pursuit of said object. The book takes you through the hard work that she did to go after the bike. All along her little brother is with her. The story has a very sweet surprising ending and it is very touching.
This is book about hard work, determination, and sacrifice. I lov
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Linda
A young girl counts her pennies, plans to earn more money by doing chores, selling lemonade, asking neighbors if they could use some help doing something. Most say ‘no’ until one kind older woman hires her. They do lots of organizing, cleaning, gardening and do it together. Somewhere in the story, the brown-tone illustrations show one thing in color, a beautiful green bicycle in a shop window. And now we know why the girl is saving money. This wordless picture book shows a child who works hard ...more
Kifflie
Jun 02, 2014 Kifflie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I don't always go for wordless picture books, but this one is very, very charming.

A girl, with her baby brother in tow, is walking past a shop when she sees a shiny green bicycle. Well, she's completely entranced by it, and devises all sorts of schemes to get the money to purchase it.

The story takes a couple of twists, but there is a happy ending, and this is really a very powerful testament to hard work and generosity.

I think kids and parents alike are going to love this one.
nami
Oct 07, 2015 nami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just lovely. Very simple with no words, but the art is excellent as is the story.
Laura
Jun 06, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nicely done--beautiful pictures and an even more beautiful message.
Lisa
Dec 04, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This wordless picture book is evvvvvvvverything that evvvvvvvveryone has evvvvvvvver said about it.

Just lovely. The quickest cry I've had in years.
Mary
May 02, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some wordless picture books work. Some don't. This one is one of the best ones I've seen. A young girl sees a green bike in a shop window and starts saving money for it. She earns some money by helping a neighbor with chores over a course of a year. When she finally has enough money, she goes back to the store to get her bike, only to discover it's been sold. However, there is still a really lovely ending. I'm not embarrassed to admit that my eyes welled up with tears. The illustrations are just ...more
Jenna Snyder
Title: The Girl and the Bicycle
Author: Mark Pett
Illustrator: Mark Pett
Genre: wordless picture book
Theme(s): friendship, pursuing a goal, putting others before yourself
Opening line/sentence: *no words
Brief Book Summary: This wordless picture book is about a girl who sees her dream bicycle in the store window but does not have the money to buy it. She befriends a woman who pays her to help her do housework/chores and finally, after working hard for what seems like awhile, she has enough money t
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Maribel Ruiz
This is a great book if you want to have children describe what they see in the pictures. The characters are the little girl her brother, and her neighbor. The strength seen in this book is that children are able to interpret and share what are the emotions that the little girl and the boy make you feel just by watching their journey to get that green bike. The story is about a little girl who wants to buy a green bike. Her bother is always with her in the journey to obtain that green bike. She ...more
Roxanne Garcia
Genre: Wordless Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Elementary - 2-3rd grade
Text-to-Self: The wordless book "The Girl and the Bicycle" has to do with a young girl trying to earn money in order to buy a bicycle for herself. In the end she ends up buying a bicycle for her (I assume to be) brother. This reminds me of my own life because there have been many times in my life when I have saved up money because I planned on buying myself something big. Sometimes in the end you end up putting someone els
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Kennedy
Feb 23, 2016 Kennedy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
The Girl and the Bicycle is a cute story about this girl who sees this shiny new bike and wants it very badly. She runs home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she goes around the neighborhood knocking on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yard work. They all turn her away except for this nice old woman. The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They become really good friends throughout the time the girl works for her. ...more
Jennifer Strong
Feb 17, 2016 Jennifer Strong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2016, to-buy
Oh, what a gorgeous, gorgeous book! It reminds me of the Disney short film called The Paperman. A little girl sees a green bike in a shop window and falls in love. At home, she counts the money in her piggy bank and searches for more in the couch cushions and in the dryer. She tries to sell lemonade and her toys. Finally, she finds work doing yard chores for a neighbor. After six months (estimate), she has earned enough money, but when she gets to the shop the beautiful green bike had already be ...more
Katie Farver
The Girl and the Bicycle is a wordless picture book that depicts the story of a young girl who after spying a bicycle in a storefront window becomes determined to purchase that bike. The girl begins by evaluating the money in her piggy bank, searches for money under the couch and in the washing machine, and holds a yard sale to try and raise the money. She then decides that she will start her own business in order to raise the money needed to purchase the bike. She begins to work for an elderly ...more
Cassidy
Apr 16, 2015 Cassidy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book for it's simplicity in artwork that still conveys ideas and emotions to children without a single word. And it's themes are hugely beneficial for children; determination and kindness. I connected with the text because I loved my bike as a child, so when I read this, I understood her admiration for the beautiful green bike she had her eye on. This book connects with Because of Winn Dixie, I felt. Her character is a strong young girl, and it reminded me of the main character in BO ...more
Samantha
Despite being wordless and in mostly black and white the story of The Girl and the Bicycle is moving and inspiring. While out on shopping one day a young girl and her little brother pass a toy shop with a shiny new bicycle in the window that she wants. The young girl soon discovers that she needs more money to pay for the bike and works hard to earn the money needed. However when she goes to buy the bike, it is not there! She then does a kind deed for her brother and receives a reward from a nei ...more
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