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A bike like Sergio's / Maribeth Boelts ; illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.

By: Boelts, Maribeth, 1964- [author.].
Contributor(s): Jones, Noah (Noah Z.) [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextEdition: First edition.Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780763666491; 0763666491.Subject(s): Bicycles -- Juvenile fiction | Right and wrong -- Juvenile fiction | Money -- Fiction | Poverty -- Fiction | Conduct of life -- Fiction | JUVENILE FICTION -- Concepts -- Money | JUVENILE FICTION -- Legends, Myths, Fables -- City & Town Life | JUVENILE FICTION -- Social Themes -- Emotions & Feelings | Bicycles | Right and wrong | Right and wrong -- Fiction | Bicycles -- FictionGenre/Form: Picture books | Fiction. | Juvenile works. | Picture books for children. | Missouri Show Me Award.DDC classification: [E] LOC classification: PZ7.B635744 | Bik 2016PS3552.O35 | A35 2016Awards: CCBC Choices, 2017 | Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended, 2017 | Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017Summary: Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben's mom sends him to Sonny's corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn't have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone's purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it's not one dollar or even five or ten--it's a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio's! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money?
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CML Easy Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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B6698BI (Browse shelf) Available 0000002331171

"A Junior Library Guild selection"--Front jacket flap.

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben's mom sends him to Sonny's corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn't have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone's purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it's not one dollar or even five or ten--it's a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio's! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money?

Elementary Grade.

CCBC Choices, 2017

Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended, 2017

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Ruben wants a bike like Sergio's and ones his other friends ride, but his family cannot afford one. Fate seems to help him find a way to pay for a bike when a lady inadvertently drops a $100 bill while checking out at the grocery store. No one notices as Ruben stashes the bill in his backpack. The text is lively. "My hands are shaking. That money is enough for a bike like Sergio's. Then I won't have to run; I'll be riding." Semirealistic cartoon illustrations have readers rooting for Ruben to do the right thing. At first, he is excited, envisioning spending the money on a new bike, but eventually he starts feeling guilty. Ruben's conscience eats at him, especially when he cannot find the $100 bill. He searches everywhere before finally locating it in another pocket. Relieved, Ruben decides he will do the right thing and soon gets his chance to make things right. When doing an errand for his mom at the grocery store, he runs into the same woman who lost the bill. He returns it and goes home to tell his family what happened. The book ends as he basks in his parents' pride. This title hits on the issues of poverty, peer pressure, and self-control. VERDICT Parents of all economic backgrounds can use this selection to start a conversation about right and wrong, but kids might find the ending less than satisfying.-Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Maribeth Boelts is the author of numerous books for children, including Those Shoes, a previous collaboration with artist Noah Z. Jones, and Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. She lives with her family in Cedar Falls, Iowa.<br> <br> Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts as well as Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett, The Monster in the Backpack by Lisa Moser, and Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit by Joan Carris. He lives in Glendale, California.

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