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edition:Paperback
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category: Children's Fiction
published: Jul 2017
ISBN:9781554518050
publisher: Annick Press

Joseph's Big Ride

by Terry Farish, illustrated by Ken Daley

tagged: african american, friendship, cycling
Description

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 the author of The Good Braider (YALSA and SLJ Best Book for Young Adults), Either the Beginning or the End of the World (Maine Literary Award) and A Feast for Joseph (with OD Bonny and illustrated by Ken Daley). She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Ken Daley

TERRY FARISH is the author of The Good Braider (YALSA and SLJ Best Book for Young Adults), Either the Beginning or the End of the World (Maine Literary Award) and A Feast for Joseph (with OD Bonny and illustrated by Ken Daley). She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Long-listed, Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club
  • , Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews
  • 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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