Andy Shane, Hero at Last

Andy Shane, Hero at Last

by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Abby Carter
     
 

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A bicycle-decorating contest provides Andy with a humorous and highly appreciated opportunity to save the hometown parade.

There are two things Andy Shane wants more than anything — to win the contest for best-decorated bike in the parade, and . . . to be a hero. He has a great idea for the bike part, although high-strung Dolores is upping the ante

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Overview

A bicycle-decorating contest provides Andy with a humorous and highly appreciated opportunity to save the hometown parade.

There are two things Andy Shane wants more than anything — to win the contest for best-decorated bike in the parade, and . . . to be a hero. He has a great idea for the bike part, although high-strung Dolores is upping the ante with her paper-daisy-covered helmets for her and her cat. But the second goal has Andy stumped, until the parade is in motion and his eagle eyes catch the reason why the drum corps has suddenly thrown the marchers out of whack. Pass the baton to a lovably low-key hero as he saves the day in a new adventure for early chapter-book readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Andy wants desperately to be a hero. He has a backpack full of hero supplies ready for any heroic situation that may arise. But even Andy knows that you can't schedule being a hero, so he is also focused on winning the bike decorating contest for the annual Home Sweet Home parade. Andy is decorating his bike to look like the swallows that everyone in town loves. His pesky friend, Dolores Starbuckle, also wants to win the bike decorating contest. She's created a bicycle built for two: for her and her cat to ride in the parade together. On the day of the parade, Dolores tells Andy that she is going to ride in front of all the other bikes. Andy rides with the rest of the kids in the decorated bike group, behind the high school marching band. But as the parade progresses, Andy realizes that the band's bass drum isn't helping to keep the band together. He know why; the bass drummer has lost his drumstick! Andy retrieves the drumstick, and then rides his bike to the front of the parade to give it to the drummer, passing Dolores. Thanks to Andy, the parade is saved! Although his costume is crushed and he's out of the contest, Andy doesn't care because he realizes he is a hero after all. This book offers a sweet and simple look at the many different ways kids can make a difference through simple acts of kindness. Andy has several disappointments on his quest to be a hero, but the book does a great job of showing the small but satisfying rewards that come from perseverance and kindness. The illustrations add to the text and provide a welcome dose of humor. Young readers will likely identify with both Andy's desire to be a hero and his hot and cold relationship with Dolores. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763636005
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Series:
Andy Shane Series, #6
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,409,817
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Richard Jacobson has written numerous books for young readers, including four other books about Andy Shane. She lives in Yarmouth, Maine.

Abby Carter is the illustrator of all the books about Andy Shane, as well as MY HIPPIE GRANDMOTHERr by Reeve Lindbergh. She lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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