- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 480 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Annick Press (March 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554518067
- ISBN-13: 978-1554518067
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Joseph's Big Ride Hardcover – March 22, 2016
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K-Gr 2—Joseph has made a long journey from a refugee camp in Kenya to America. After traveling with his mother, he finds himself in a place he doesn't understand. Surrounded by a new world, Joseph tries to find familiar things and friendly faces. He discovers both when a girl he later nicknames "Whoosh" flies by on her bicycle, her dark skin matching his but her long, curly hair dominating the view. "Are you going to my school?" Whoosh calls. She points, and he sees a building that's long like a river. But his mind is on the bike. He will go to school, he decides, because the bike is going there. This sweet and simple tale shows that even when you are transported to a different world, some things never change. Farish captures the normalcy of the day in a life of a refugee child. The narrative, which focuses on building a friendship, is paired with Daley's vibrant illustrations, which depict just how fast the minds, and bikes, of young children can go. VERDICT An ideal addition to most collections, especially those that want to highlight topics of friendship, inclusion, and an immigrant perspective.—Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID
"A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child's first encounters." __Kirkus Reviews, 02/13/16
"The narrative, which focuses on building a friendship, is paired with Ken Daley's vibrant illustrations which depict just how fast the bikes and minds of young children can go... An ideal addition..." __School Library Journal, 05/16
"Farish, author of the irresistible The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup (BCCB 6/03), provides a sturdy and direct text that still leaves room for dimension in character elements such as Whoosh's penchant for exclamations and Joseph's persistence in getting a chance at his dream.... both kids radiate palpable joy at Joseph's achievement." __The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 05/16
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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.
We received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for our honest review.