Revew: Hello, Bicycle!

Posted on January 14, 2013

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Hello-BicycleHello, Bicycle!
Written by Ella Boyd
Illustrated by Daniel Griffo
Marshall Cavendish
September 2012
24 pages

It’s time for the girl in the pink helmet to let go of the old blue tricycle for a new red bike. Pre-schoolers can ride along on her slightly shaky and very bumpy first bike ride. Pre-schoolers are fascinated with bicycles and will certainly enjoy this little adventure in rhyme enhanced by Daniel Griffo’s colorful, cartoonish illustrations which have a familiar Sprout appeal. However balance is the biggest challenge in learning how to ride a bike and it’s never even mentioned. The bike doesn’t have training wheels, the dad never holds onto bike to help the girl balance, and the girl doesn’t fall, making this a rather unrealistic first bike ride. For this reason, readers might find it hard to identify with the girl in the pink helmet. Hello, Bicycle! is a charming picture book, but it falls short as a book about learning how to ride a bike.

Copyright (c) 2013 by Peggy Tibbetts

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