Picture Book Sunday: The Red Bicycle

The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella and illustrated by Simone Shin (Kids Can Press, March 2015) tells the story of a red bicyle, from the day Leo earns the money to buy it until  the day it is taken apart and shipped to Africa, where it changes the life of a poor child. Big Red (as the bike is affectionately is called) has many more “lives” in Burkina Faso, including become an ambulance dragging injured people to a distant hospital. 

The Red Bicycle is a feel good story about the ways that a bike can change lives around the world, but it is also an interesting story of just what happens to a boy’s donation. I loved the emphasis on how children can make a difference, and the end matter provides some additional ideas for discussion between parent or teacher and child.

If the book has a downside, it is that it is text heavy. For the world conscious older reader it would be a good pick, but for the younger child, this picture book is a bit too difficult to approach. In all, I enjoyed reading it.

Note: I received a digital copy of this book for review consideration.

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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