The Magic Bicycle

The Magic Bicycle

by Berlie Doherty, Christian Birmingham

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Children's Literature - Beverly Pegg
A little boy experiences the emotions that go along with learning to ride a bike-excitement, determination, and frustration. The fears and frustrations are evident as this boy tries so hard to overcome a common childhood hurdle. The illustrations are gorgeous full-page paintings with colors that run to the very edge of every one. The people look so real that you almost think you are looking at photographs. However, the illustrations in general have a somewhat soft fuzzy edge to them that is almost dreamlike. Although, a visually pleasing book about a subject that has much appeal to children, the story never quite comes off for the intended audience because of the awkward language and sort of abstract ending.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Doherty's poetic, unobtrusive text allows Birmingham's outstanding oil paintings to relate the story of The Magic Bicycle. The young narrator's facial expressions are revealing when he receives a ``shining bike with its silver voice.'' With alternating determination and frustration, he tries to ride it, but he falls off every time. Only in his dreams is he successful. He decides that the key to cycling must be magic; he perseveres and is finally rewarded. The illustrations have a dreamlike quality, while simultaneously depicting realistic situations and emotions. One portrait of the boy's mother bandaging his knees is especially touching. Compare and contrast this picture book with Crescent Dragonwagon's Annie Flies the Birthday Bike (Macmillan, 1993) for a read-aloud session that will stimulate children's own storytelling.Christina Dorr, Calcium Primary School, NY

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Random House Children's Books
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Edition description:
1st U.S. ed
Product dimensions:
10.61(w) x 10.59(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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