Mrs. Peachtree's Bicycle

Mrs. Peachtree's Bicycle

by Erica Silverman, Ellen Beier
     
 
Everyone thinks Mrs. Peachtree should give up trying to learn how to ride a bike. But Mrs. Peachtree is determined to learn and vows not to give up until "the cows sing." After one fall too many, even stubborn Mrs. Peachtree doubts she'll ever learn to "wheel." A happy testimony to all those who have tried and tried--and finally succeeded. Full-color illustrations.

Overview

Everyone thinks Mrs. Peachtree should give up trying to learn how to ride a bike. But Mrs. Peachtree is determined to learn and vows not to give up until "the cows sing." After one fall too many, even stubborn Mrs. Peachtree doubts she'll ever learn to "wheel." A happy testimony to all those who have tried and tried--and finally succeeded. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Keen
After watching a woman wheel around the center ring at the circus, Mrs. Peachtree decides that a bicycle is just the thing for taking her about the city to deliver her tea and biscuits. Ignoring aspersions upon her age and gender, Mrs. Peachtree purchases a bicycle; and through grim determination, and the City Riding Academy, she learns how to ride. But it is an accident involving a vegetable wagon that proves to be the greatest help to Mrs. Peachtree. It forces her to get back on her bicycle, ignoring embarrassment and bruises, in order to rescue Shadow, her constant feline companion. Set at the turn of the century, this sequel to Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat, is a gentle reminder of the importance of persistence. Readers will identify with Mrs. Peachtree's seemingly difficult quest, cheering along with her when she finally succeeds. The spunky of Mrs. Peachtree and her humorous predicaments are captured to a "T" in Beier's genial watercolor illustrations.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Feisty Mrs. Peachtree, turn-of-the-century New York purveyor of tea and biscuits, is inspired by a circus bicyclist to make future deliveries by bicycle. Despite the discouragement of everyone from the shopkeeper to the milliner, the white-haired entrepreneur persists, saying she'll give up her efforts to master the new mode of transportation "when cows sing." When her beloved cat is in jeopardy, she overcomes her last difficulties riding, only to have a patrolman give her a ticket for speeding, which is fine with her. Kids will relate to the intrepid, grandmotherly Mrs. Peachtree and empathize with her love of her pet. The book is full of vivid detail, from the Ladies' Hall at the City Riding Academy to the busy city streets, brimming with ethnic diversity. Full-page watercolor illustrations alternate with spot art on text pages, adding texture to the sense of place and helping to propel the story forward. Composition is appropriately cluttered. This title is a fine accompaniment to Riki Levinson's I Go with My Family to Grandma's (Dutton, 1986) and offers a more spirited view of a neighborhood milieu. Read Silverman's story aloud for fun or offer it to classes studying this period in American history.Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Kirkus Reviews
This turn-of-the-century tale breaks stereotypes while teaching the value of determination. Elderly Mrs. Peachtree, worn down by afternoons of delivering tea and biscuits, buys a bicycle to make her job easier. The bicycle shop owner, and everyone else she meets, insists that "wheeling" isn't ladylike, but Mrs. Peachtree remains undaunted. Accompanied by her cat, Shadow (from Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat, 1994), the feisty heroine endures mishap after mishap, tumbling into flower carts and vegetable wagons. Mrs. Peachtree's spills are a trial for readers, too, who will root for her to give up before she breaks a bone; fortunately, she is not so weak-willed. It takes an emergency involving Shadow and a curious pooch before she gets the hang of the two-wheeled contraption. Silverman's story makes statements against sexism, ageism, and mindless adherence to convention, all at the same time. Best of all, it maintains a light, breezy tone throughout, not only in the text, but in Beier's pictures, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689804779
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/18/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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