Book review: A Bike Like Sergio’s, by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Boelts, Maribeth. A Bike Like Sergio’s. Illustrated Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2016. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6649-1. 40 pages. Age 5-8. P8 Q8

Ruben wants a bike, but his parents do not have a lot of money. Sergio has a nice bike and encourages Ruben to get one like his. Ruben finds $100.00 on the ground at the store. He knows who the money belongs to. When he thinks he lost the money, he feels how the lady who lost the money must feel. He returns the money and feels better. The story is realistic that it ends with Ruben feeling good, but he still does not get the bike. Illustrations were done in watercolor, pencils and ink and assembled digitally.

Verdict: This book stimulates conversations around honesty and empathy. I recommend it for classroom libraries to emphasize character building.

December 2016 review by Tami Harris.

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