New Red Bike!

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This deceptively simple-seeming picture book offers a clever take on sharing.

Up and down! Round and round! Tom is having a blast zooming all over the neighborhood on his new red bike. But when Tom stops by Sam's house to show off his wheels, he's in for an unhappy surprise. The new bike is suddenly . . . gone. Could his best friend Sam be the culprit?"

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Overview

This deceptively simple-seeming picture book offers a clever take on sharing.

Up and down! Round and round! Tom is having a blast zooming all over the neighborhood on his new red bike. But when Tom stops by Sam's house to show off his wheels, he's in for an unhappy surprise. The new bike is suddenly . . . gone. Could his best friend Sam be the culprit?"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At first glance, the narrative arc for Ransome's latest feels flat. Tom has a new bike; his friend Sam "borrows" it; the boys patch things up and take turns riding; Sam is surprised with a bike of his own; and the friends head off on a side-by-side adventure. But story takes a backseat to a bigger emotional truth: a bike is an awesome thing. Wearing a bright red helmet that matches the bike's frame, Tom is truly at one with his machine, and Ransome (Gunner, Football Hero) provides Zenlike text to match: "He zooms down the hill, around the curve, and back up." Each moment of action in that sentence gets its own watercolor and pencil image and perspective (overhead, low angle, side view), so readers can savor how Tom's body and the bike together experience the downhill velocity, banking the curve, and the slow climb. Of course Tom is willing to forgive Sam: the bike is happiness incarnate, and it's bigger than both of them. Newbie bikers should find that this book gives full voice to the joys of having wheels of one's own. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—With helmet on and both hands on the handlebars, Tom rides up, down, and around on his new bike as he heads to his friend Sam's house. When he parks his two-wheeler and knocks on the door, he turns around to find his bike gone. Searching under and around the house, he cannot find it. Suddenly Sam whizzes by on the red cycle. After he apologizes to an upset Tom, the two boys take turns riding. The story concludes with Sam receiving a bike of his own. Told in only a few words, this likable story of multicultural friends will tap into children's emotions as they identify with Tom's excitement over owning something new and his dismay when it is taken away. Ransome's watercolor and pencil artwork is surrounded by plenty of white space and extends the story. A few black line accents trace the bike's path, and Tom's facial expressions convey his changing mood. A fine choice for storytimes, this picture book would be a good discussion starter on the topics of friendship and sharing.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422265
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,525,816
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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