Bike & Trike

S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Feb. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534415171.
PreS-Gr 2–This story celebrates the moment in a child’s life when they transition from a tricycle to a bicycle and all the joys and fears that come with that change. Trike is rusty and feels that Lulu has outgrown him. He remembers the many rides he and Lulu shared, braving the summer and surviving skinned knees. He longs for those days but knows that his fate is sealed when in rolls Bike, a shiny new gift for Lulu. Bike is fast, full of bells and whistles, and anxious to show off. Trike is concerned about safety, but Bike is young and full of energy. When Bike challenges Trike to a race, both learn important lessons about safety, sharing, friendship, and coexisting peacefully. The illustrations are simple, featuring the red Trike and teal Bike in their natural habitats, the garage, and the road.
VERDICT Though a bit long, this picture book will appeal to a variety of readers. Children will enjoy the banter between these two bikes and the joy of their new riders.

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