Joseph’s Big Ride by Terry Farish
Published on April 12, 2016.
A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship.
Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it.
Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just right for him! It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair.
When Whoosh crashes her bike, Joseph offers to fix it. His big chance has finally come, except that Joseph doesn’t know how to ride! He crashes a few times, picks himself up, and tries again, until suddenly, with a shout of triumph, he’s riding the bike.
Inspired by the author’s interviews with refugee children from Sudan, this gentle story evokes the experience of a new immigrant. Vibrantly colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and diversity to life.
This book has a very unique story and beautiful illustrations. It tells the tale of Joseph, a young African boy who dreams of riding a bike when he gets bigger. When he comes to America, he discovers that there are child-sized bicycles. He is a little nervous about attending school in America, but when he sees a neighbor girl riding her shiny, red bike to school, his fears go away immediately. He’s determined to ride that bike.
It’s a story about friendship and adventure. It gives children a glimpse into lives that are different from theirs, and it highlights the value of things we take for granted in this country, bicycles, basketball, and pizza. But it’s done through a wonderful story and is very magical.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fun story geared towards older children, ages 5-8. It would be especially good for a child also just learning to ride a bike.
My Rating: 4 stars
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