Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Red Bicycle

This book follows the journey of one bicycle as it is loved and passed on through many different lives and jobs. Leo works hard to earn enough money to buy himself a bicycle he names Big Red. When Leo outgrows the bicycle he wants to give it to someone who will love it as much as he does. Leo donates Big Red to an organization that will take it to Africa, along with many other bikes, tools and necessary items.

Big Red gets a second life in Africa when Alisetta picks Big Red to be her bicycle. Having a bicycle allows Alisetta and her grandmother to live a better life than they had previously. An unfortunate accident renders the bicycle useless to Alisetta and again, Big Red finds a new life as an ambulance.

The story is based on information provided in the back pages of the book. This is an empowering story of how one bicycle can change many lives. The illustrations complement the text with key phrases woven throughout the pictures. This is a must-read for all classrooms.

The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella

Monday, February 9, 2015

This is Sadie by Sara O'Leary

Sadie is the kind of girl that I hope my daughter grows up to be. One with imagination, wishfulness, hopes and dreams. Sadie uses her imagination to create magical places that she reads about in books. Stories fill her with possibilities of what the world could be.
Sara O'Leary has done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Sadie with her minimal text. Each carefully chosen word carries the reader along on the story. The illustrations enhance the text and make reading this story a quiet, enjoyable moment for all.