Thursday, August 1, 2013
Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle
Author & Illustrator: Chris Raschka
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Year: 2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus & School Library Journal starred reviews
Summary: A girl in a big helmet chooses a bicycle and practices a lot. Her very patient father helps her take off the training wheels and try over and over again until she finally learns. The retro inspired illustrations are watercolors with blocks of color. There are very few words, but the true story is told in the pictures of the girl and her father. She falls again and again and continues to try. He hugs her and encourages her: "Don't give up. You'll get it. Find the courage to try again......until by luck, grace, and determination, you are riding..." Sure to bring a tear to every parent's eye.
Classroom Ideas: A character study of the unnamed girl and her father with an extremely strong moral told with very few words. Beautifully touching.