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A Bike Like Sergio's (A Junior Library Guild Selection) Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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"Boelts lays out Ruben's ethical dilemma and emotional turmoil without preaching, and his struggle and journey toward the moral choice--which includes an interlude in which he believes he has lost the money--is both dramatic and genuine. Jones's mixed-media illustrations capture the scuffed-up feel of Ruben's urban neighborhood, as well as the sweet earnestness of the bespectacled hero and his multiracial family." Starred Review: Publisher's Weekly
This tale of temptation, ethics, guilt, and family love is firmly grounded in the economic realities of today, as was the earlier collaboration between Boelts and Jones, Those Shoes (rev. 11/07)...The resolution is realistic for a kid with a loving, supportive fam- ily, and it leaves plenty of room for talking about what is most important in life from an authentically childlike perspective.
Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality...Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children.
Maribeth Boelts captures the agony of a moral dilemma in “A Bike Like Sergio’s” (Candlewick, 40 pages, $15.99), a picture book for 5- to 8-year-olds. To Ruben, it seems that every other kid has a bicycle. “Ask your parents again,” says his affluent friend Sergio. “Your birthday’s coming.” True, but, as Ruben says, “Sergio forgets there’s a difference between his birthday and mine.” Later, when Ruben sees a dollar bill flutter from a woman’s purse, he picks it up. “I don’t chase her,” he tells us; “it’s just a dollar.” Except that it isn’t: It’s a $100 bill, and now Ruben can have the bike he wants. Or can he? And should he? In this rewarding tale, Noah Z. Jones’s expressive, naïve illustrations reinforce the sincerity of a boy’s valiant struggle with temptation. -The Wall Street Journal
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Ruben's friends, including his best friend Sergio, have bikes and pedal laps around him as Ruben walks. His family can't afford a bike and he knows it. He doesn't complain or whine about it; his longing is palpable, but he realizes that his family is simply not in the financial position to get him a bike.
Through a stroke of luck (whether it's good or bad depends on which side of the story you're on), Ruben sees a lady at a grocery store drop what he thinks is a $1 bill. He picks it up and when he looks up, the grocery patron is gone and he doesn't chase after her. Later, at home, he realizes that the bill isn't $1, but rather $100, and thus begins the internal battle for Ruben. Should he do the right thing and try and give the money back? But if he kept it, he could get the bike he's always wanted. But if he does that, he'd have to explain where he got the money for the bike.
Ultimately, Ruben does the right thing, but the struggle to get there feels very true to life for a kid his age (maybe 8-10?). Even when he does do the right thing, he acknowledges that even though he feels good for giving the money back to its rightful owner, there's still an emptiness of losing the promise of something he had wanted for a long time.
This is a great story for teaching integrity and how the right decision isn't necessarily the easiest one or the one that feels the best in the moment. This story started a dialog between my kids (6 and 4) and I about doing the right thing, honesty, wanting things you can't have right now, jealousy, empathy, and poverty-- all very important topics. I highly recommend this to all parents of kids 4-10.