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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2016
publisher: Annick Press

Joseph's Big Ride

by Terry Farish, illustrated by Ken Daley

tagged: african american, friendship, cycling

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.

About the Authors

Terry Farish

TERRY FARISH is an author of picture books and young adult novels, many influenced by her trip to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya and work with the Red Cross in Vietnam. The Good Braider won the New Hampshire Literary Award and the Lupine Award. It was also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a School Library Journal Best Book. Joseph's Big Ride, illustrated by Ken Daley, received a Skipping Stones Honor, and The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup, illustrated by Barry Root, won a Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books Blue Ribbon. Terry lives in Kittery, Maine.

Ken Daley

KEN DALEY is an illustrator who draws inspiration for his work from his African Caribbean roots. He has illustrated: Joseph's Big Ride by Terry Farish, which received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for International Multicultural Books, and Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings by Francie Latour, an Américas Award Honor Book and a Kirkus Best Picture Book about History and Tradition.He has exhibited his art in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and his work can be found in numerous private collections. Ken lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
4 to 7
p to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
  • Long-listed, Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews
  • , Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book
  • Joint winner, Foreword Indies Book Awards
  • , Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Editorial Review

“The big, bold illustrations help tell this wonderful story about making friends in a new country.”

— National Education Association, 10/03/17

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