Motorcycle Song

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sharing roads with trucks and cars
both hands on the handlebars
there's the motorcycle guy
on his cycle
riding by

A motorcycle will take you anywhere a road can go. The rush of speed, the hum of the engine, and the exhilaration of a journey are captured here in rhythmic ...

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Overview

sharing roads with trucks and cars
both hands on the handlebars
there's the motorcycle guy
on his cycle
riding by

A motorcycle will take you anywhere a road can go. The rush of speed, the hum of the engine, and the exhilaration of a journey are captured here in rhythmic verse that takes readers down wide roads, side roads, country lanes, and city streets. Extraordinary paintings saturated with intense color celebrate the glory of motorcycles and the freedom of the open road.

Rhyming text describes motorcycles of all kinds and their riders, as well as the joy of the open road.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A motorcycle speeds toward the edge of the jacket cover in bright chunky colors, a burst of smoke in the opposite corner suggesting just how much speed and noise will be revealed inside. Nearly always we see the back of the driver or a face so covered in helmet that any young dreamer can imagine himself in the driver's seat. Or herself¾the female author has traveled the United States by motorbike and now rides a 750cc Honda Nighthawk. The details are important to fans of two-wheel speed, as is the sense of song where others might find only noise¾"Chrome exhaust pipes sweeping back, engine singing in his ears, one down, four up, through the gears." Motorcycle Song is written entirely in rhyming verse, sometimes uneven, but touching on all types of bikes and bikers¾"mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, riding when they get the chance." The book is a good example for children learning to write prose or poetry based on their own experience or hobbies, especially if those hobbies don't have an obvious literary bent. The text is descriptive, not narrative, but both illustrations and language will appeal to young readers who might prefer to leave books neatly on the shelf. 2002, Harper Collins,
— Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Images roll across the pages as readers follow a motorcyclist on an exhilarating journey through towns, cities, and countryside "sharing roads with trucks and cars/both hands on the handlebars/there's the motorcycle guy/on his cycle/riding by." Steady, unfaltering rhythms and unique rhyming patterns playfully re-create the vehicle's movement: "wide roads/side roads/perfect-for-a-ride roads"; "hot bikes/cool bikes/ enough-to-make-you-drool bikes." Jenkins's mixed-media paintings complement the poetry seamlessly, conveying the same sense of energy and movement with streaks of color and varied perspectives. The art captures the diversity of riders who love the freedom of the road. Readers will be drawn to Jenkins's detailed landscape backgrounds and creative use of superimposed road signs. This book is a rousing tribute to the pastime, and it successfully joins Siebert's other transportation tributes. It could be read independently, but it would also make a great read-aloud.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Motorcycle fans young and old will find that this evocative poetic work revs up their reading engines, with one long but accessible poem that celebrates motorcycle mania and the lure of the lonely highway. Siebert (Mississippi, not reviewed, etc.) continues her successful series of transportation-themed poetry collections with this latest work. Here she knows whereof she speaks because she rides a 750cc Honda Nighthawk herself. Her long, rhyming poem can be read as one longer piece, or it can easily be broken into shorter sections that can stand alone. She begins and ends by focusing on a single "motorcycle man," who rides out of town in search of "wide roads / side roads / perfect-for-a-ride roads." He drives down highways and country roads, meeting different bikers and describing their motorcycles: "hot bikes / cool bikes / enough-to-make-you-drool bikes," with popular brand names woven into the text (causing a few sputters in the meter). Vibrant mixed-media paintings effectively showcase the motorcycles with dynamic style. The text is incorporated into the double-page spreads, set attractively in all-lower-case italics for a clean, modern look that will appeal to older readers, as will the sophisticated illustrations. The high in "high interest" doesn't get much more appealing than this. (Poetry. 5-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060287337
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/19/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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