Written by Ella Boyd
Illustrated by Daniel Griffo
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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