The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
This book is not published until March 2015 so my full review will not be posted until February 2015. However, this is a children's book that you should really read as soon as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley.
I read this book to my grandkids last night and I'm sure they will enjoy it for many years to come.
The Red Bicycle begins with Leo who saves the money he earned from mowing lawns, raking leaves and shoveling snow for 2 years to purchase Big Red. Big Red is well loved and Leo rides his bicycle everywhere.
When Leo outgrows Big Red, the bicycle shop owner tells him about a program that sends bicycles to people who need them in other parts of the wo ...more
The story follows a bicycle: first, it's property of a boy in America, but when he outgrows it, he decides to give it away to charity. After a long trip, the bicycle arrives in Africa, where it belongs to a girl who uses it for work and as her only form of transportation. But when it breaks, she decides to give it to charity as well. Will the bike help even more people?
This book is so important for young children! After reading this, they will understand how a small thing like giving away yo ...more
Recommended grade level: 1-3
Format: Diverse Text Set
Themes: Helping others, world-wide diversity, caring, love
2017 - Crown Award, Triple Crown Children's Book Awards, Short-listed
2016 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2016 - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, BC Book Prizes, Short-listed
2016 - 2016/2017 Children's Choice Book Award, Hackmatack, Long-listed
2016 - CCBC Choices Li ...more
The Red Bicycle would be a great way to discuss how even kids can change someone's life.
A great story to show kids how they can make a difference and help other people in simple ways. My biggest qualm (and why I dropped a star) with this story is there are a lot of words/dialogue, so this would have to be a read aloud book, but also means you can have a discussion on how listeners could help in their neighborhood or around the world.
Content notes: No issues.
Jude Isabella has written for The Walrus, Nautilus, Slate, New Scientist, the Loh Down on Science, Medical Post, WILD Magazine, Archaeology Magazine, BC Magazine, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Spirituality and Health Magazine, and The Tyee, focusing on science, health, and the environment. She also spent more than a decade as the managing editor of YES Mag, the Science Magazine for Adventurous Minds.