The red bicycle : the extraordinary story of one ordinary bicycle (CitizenKid) (#0632ZT9)

by Isabella, Jude; illustrated by Shin, Simone

9 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

Hardcover Kids Can Press, 2015
Price: USD 16.53
Description: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 4.4
AR 4 LG .5 182171EN; RC 5.3 3; LEX 800L


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CitzenKid is a collection of books that informs children about the world and inspires them to be better global citizens. The collection aims to make complex global issues accessible for children ages 8 to 12, and covers topics such as water conservation, biodiversity, food security, micro lending, citizenship, global awareness and more. Each book provides information and resources to inspire children to make a difference, both locally and globally.

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From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-31). When Leo outgrows his red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it starts a journey through many hands and has many uses. Includes information about how to get involved in bicycle donation efforts.

From the Publisher
Leo rides his beloved red bicycle to school, soccer practice and everywhere in between. He is devastated when he outgrows Big Red. But when Leo learns of a bicycle donation program, he perks up -- someone who really needs his bike can give it a new life. Little does he know that Big Red will change other people's lives, too. Follow the bike as it travels to West Africa, where it helps people in Burkina Faso bring goods to the market, and serves as a makeshift ambulance, proving that an ordinary bicycle can be truly extraordinary.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: CitizenKid
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
  • Tracings: Shin, Simone, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-77138-023-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-77138-023-2
  • LCCN: 2014-903474
  • Follett Number: 0632ZT9
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 182171EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 800L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 02/15/15
  • Christian Library Journal, 11/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/15
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/15
  • Library Media Connection, 12/01/15
  • New York Times, 05/10/15
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/26/15
  • Resource Links, 06/01/15
  • School Library Journal, 03/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 12))
Grades 3-6. Leo, a North American boy, saves his money to buy a bicycle, which he names Big Red. When he has outgrown it, he donates it to an organization that sends bikes to African countries. Alisetta, an orphan in Burkina Faso who lives with her grandmother, chooses Big Red as her bicycle and uses it to earn money to send her brother and sister to school. Later, a medical clinic buys it and, adding a canopied trailer, transforms it into an ambulance. Haridata rides Big Red to nearby villages, providing medical care and occasionally carrying a patient back to the clinic. Each segment of Big Red’s journey has characters and details that make it distinct and interesting, but the book also succeeds in encouraging reuse and increasing global awareness. Shin’s illustrations use texture and layering to good effect. In one image, a pale world map provides the backdrop for a scene that simultaneously shows the route of Big Red’s journey and a street scene in Africa. A fine addition to the CitizenKid series.

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