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Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen Hardcover – April 18, 2006
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We follow Sally Jean from her earliest years when she was perched in the kid seat on her mother's bike to her confident, independent years when she worked to build herself a new bike. Best's use of patterns make the book a delightful read for my kids (4.5 and 2).
In the beginning we see Sally Jean waving from behind her mom, or on her tricycle or on her "yard-sale bike with two small wheels that hugged the ground". In all these instances, we're treated with Sally Jean's optimism and delight for riding with the same simple phrase. '"Hi!" she said to the big kids on their bikes."
My son cheered for her when she finally develops the skills to count herself among the ranks of two-wheel riders. '"Wait for meeee!" she called to the big kids on their bikes."
As a former little girl, I find myself drawn to the optimistic energy and celebration of outdoor adventure in Sally Jean. Davenier's illustrations more than capture the joy that Sally Jean finds in life. I can almost see myself in them, despite the fact that bike riding was a tumultuous and difficult skill for me to learn (we lived at the bottom of a hill right off a main drag . . . not fabulous for kids to enthusiastically acquire the skills!). In fact, this book almost erases those memories of apprehension - now I can live vicariously through a fellow-redhead. That's the magic of books, right?
As a mother, I see Sally Jean as a positive role model (and even heroine!) for my children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A sweet story about a girl that is allowed the courage and freedom to be amazing. So many good messages in here. Highly recommend it for girls or boys.Published 13 months ago by amy
My 21 month old daughter LOVES resourceful "SalleeeeJeen" (it's really cute the way she says it!). Read morePublished 22 months ago by mdb in va
One of my child's FAVORITE books - from younger years and remained so into child's teenage years!Published 23 months ago by danielle
Bought as a present for my aunt, Sally, who also rides bikes. Great gift, and the entire family enjoyed the book, as well as the story. Very pleased.Published on May 6, 2014 by Jessica Scudder