Book review: The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle, by Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin

Isabella, Jude. Illustrated by Simone Shin. The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle. Kids Can Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-77138-023-2. $18.95. Grades K-3. P8 Q9.

Isabella Red BicycleHard work and generosity are the stars of the tale of “Big Red” a bicycle that has many lives. From Leo in America who worked hard to earn enough to buy it, to Alisetta in Burkina Faso, inAfrica, who uses it to earn more money for her family, and finally to Haridata as it becomes an ambulance for transporting patients. This story tells the importance of bicycles in other parts of the world. In some places they are the only form of transportation available. Further information includes, What can you do to help?, A Note for Parents and Teachers – with teaching ideas, as well as information about Burkina Faso (the West African Country where this story takes place).

January 2016 review by Patty Dodson.