Summer Wheels

Paperback | January 12, 2001

byEve BuntingIllustratorThomas B. Allen

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The Bicycle Man lends bikes to the neighborhood kids for free, and Lawrence and Brady ride them all summer long. But when a new kid takes advantage of the Bicycle Man, Lawrence and Brady discover that there's one thing that the Man likes more than bikes: kids. An inspiring story." - Kirkus Reviews "

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The Bicycle Man lends bikes to the neighborhood kids for free, and Lawrence and Brady ride them all summer long. But when a new kid takes advantage of the Bicycle Man, Lawrence and Brady discover that there's one thing that the Man likes more than bikes: kids. An inspiring story." - Kirkus Reviews "

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall , Fly Away Home , and Train to Somewhere . She lives in Southern California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.48 × 7.62 × 0.19 inPublished:January 12, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0152009884

ISBN - 13:9780152009885

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Grade 1-4-- The Bicycle Man lends bicycles to the neighborhood kids with two rules: they must be returned by four o'clock, and if they break, the kids must fix them. Lawrence, the African-American narrator, and his friend Brady spend their summer days riding. When a new kid doesn't return a bike, the two friends find him and make him take it back. In the process, they discover that his toughness is just a mask for his need for adult attention, and that the Man cares more about kids than bicycles. This gentle, warm story, divided into chapters, has an understated message. The immediacy of the present-tense narration and the colloquial dialogue help to create the sense of freedom and space that is peculiar to summer. Allen's pastel drawings shimmer with the heat as they capture the energy and movement of the boys on their bikes. The numerous illustrations, generous amount of white space, and good-sized print make this a perfect choice for beginning chapter-book readers. --Susan Giffard, Englewood Public Library, NJ