Written by Terry Farish
Illustrated by Ken Daley
Published by Annick Press
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.
Primary ISBN: 9781554518067
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Picture Book, Age 05 or older
Setting: Kenya, United States (Maine)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Written with Cultural Advisors
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