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Annie Flies The Birthday Bike Hardcover – March 31, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition first Printing edition (March 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027331555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027331554
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,403,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- The joy of learning to ride a bike, from fear of failure to tentative hope to triumphant mastery, is effectively captured in this sunny book. Young Annie decides she has had enough of her trike. She wants to "fly down the hill" like the boys she sees on their bicycles. On her birthday, her parents give her a blue bike without training wheels. Annie is chagrined when ". . . it feels impossible/ to fly, to even try/ to move a little." Her mother promises that it will get easier. The child keeps at it and, after a week, she's riding. Because she narrates the story, Annie's feelings are direct and immediate. Told in free verse, some lines are short, others long; some have inside verse, others no rhyme or meter. Reading the narrative aloud can be tricky, but it is effective and fun. McCully's familiar ink-and-watercolor illustrations are rich and informative. Personalities are enhanced through facial expressions and body language. Using a full palette of greens, the artist makes Annie's upper-middle-class neighborhood appear lush and appealing. Although the setting is affluent, the book's theme is broad. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Small girl yearns for and gets bike, takes a few days to find her balance (with the help of a neighbor boy, apparently hired by her dad), six days after her birthday has done ``nearly six feet'' on her own--but after four more days is off on an independent outing. She takes a tumble going downhill (kindly old Mr. Volk, who sees her fall, bandages her bleeding knee), but the pain doesn't matter: Annie can ride now. The author relates the familiar scenario in irregularly rhyming free-form verse whose cadence artfully reflects Annie's shaky start and her exhilaration when she finally soars free. On broad, colorful spreads that nicely accommodate the biking action, McCully depicts a comfortable neighborhood with large, well-spaced houses (and virtually no cars); more important, she conveys emotions, even the subtler ones like apprehension, encouragement, or quiet pride, with a deftly unassuming economy of line. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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By cambridge reader on December 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 3.5 y.o daughter loves this book. (she just got a two-wheeler- with training wheels- but i think she can relate to the character's frustration and ultimate joy). Shows the importance of determination and persistence, as well as the thrill of success. Interesting ryhmes / pacing. Pretty good art.
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Crescent Dragonwagon, the author of the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian, The Cornbread Gospels, Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, many children's books, and two novels, has just completed Bean by Bean.

Dragonwagon is a Southern Yankee: though born in New York, for 18 years she was innkeeper/chef/co-owner of Dairy Hollow House, an acclaimed country inn in the Ozark Mountain community of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where she resided for 36 years. But, since 2002, she has lived in Westminster West, Vermont.

Dragonwagon has the distinction of having prepared beans and cornbread for a president (Bill Clinton), titled royalty (Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia), a world-renowned feminist (Betty Friedan) and Marilyn Monroe's first biographer (Maurice Zolotow). She teaches two writing workshops, Deep Feast: Writing the World through Food, and Fearless Writing, around the world (the latter, she teaches once a year, in the Whole Enchilada version, from her own home hilltop in the Green Mountains). She has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, TVFN, & CNN.

She lives, writes, and cooks in the 1795 farmhouse which once belonged to her aunt, at which she spent summers when a child. She shares the place with her partner, filmmaker David Koff, and, often, numerous well-fed friends. An ardent gardener, she's currently growing 4 different varieties of bush beans, and 5 of pole beans. .. under the supervision of her large and amiable tabby cat, Cattywhompus (who can usually be found rolling in the catmint).