Isabella, Jude The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle Kids Can Press, 2015. $18.95 PICTURE BOOK
This book follows the path of one red bicycle as it is cherished
by many owners. Its starts off with a deserving boy in the United States, after
he outgrows it, he finds out about a donation program that ships books off to
Africa. So off the bike goes, but its journey in Africa is so much more than it
was in the US, as it aids a young girl to improve the life of her farming
family, and aids a community as a makeshift ambulance. Featuring large bright
pages and simple harmonious illustrations.
The big lesson here is donation, reuse and recycle, and improving the world. This would make an excellent read-aloud for upper
elementary students for Earth day and more. I liked that a single child and his
decision could steamroll into such a big positive effect. What a great way to
show children that they really do have the power to change the world.
EL – ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.