The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella {a book review}

 
Title:  The Red Bicycle:  The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
Author:  Jude Isabella
Illustrator:  Simone Shin
ISBN:  9781771380232
Price:  19.95 (CAD)
Publisher:  Kids Can Press
Publication Date:  1 March, 2015
Ages: 8-12

The Red Bicycle, by Jude Isabella, is a new title from the book series Citizen Kid.  Like the other books from the series, this book would be an excellent source for a cultural study within a classroom, homeschool, co-op or at a library for story and activity time.

This is a story about a young boy, Leo, who responsibly saves up his hard earned money for two years in order to buy a bike he yearned for so long.  It quickly becomes a beloved companion in his young years, but eventually Leo outgrows the bike, which he has named "Big Red".

Leo, through the help of the lady who originally sold him Big Red, donates his bike to a program that sends bikes overseas to help out the underprivileged. 

You are taken on the journey, with Big Red, as it travels to West Africa where it then helps a young girl earn money for her family until she needs to pass on the bike again to another extraordinary adventure that had all began with one young boy (Leo) and his big decision to help others in need.

My Thoughts:

I very much enjoyed this book.  This is one I would recommend for a social studies literature unit study on global awareness, multiculturalism, or transportation - to name a few.  It would also be excellent for a character study on responsibility, compassion or empathy, and sharing.

I will definitely be looking to add this to our own home library.  I look forward to doing our own unit study in our homeschool, with this book in the future.

Disclosure:  I was given an advanced digital copy of this book title by the publisher Kid Can Press, via Net Galley, in exchange for honest feedback.

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