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A bike like Sergio's

by Boelts, Maribeth, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2016
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Summary
Finders keepers, right? When Ruben picks up someone's lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.

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? Presenting a relatable story told with subtlety and heart, the creative team behind Those Shoes pairs up again for a satisfying picture book.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Finders keepers? Or honesty is the best policy? Ruben wishes he had a shiny new bicycle, like his friend Sergio, but money is tight for Ruben's parents, so the chances of that happening are slim. When Ruben scoops up what he assumes is a dollar bill dropped by a neighbor, he is conflicted about returning it. Later he discovers it is actually a $100 bill enough to buy a new bike. When he misplaces the bill, Ruben suddenly understands how it feels to lose something valuable, and realizes what is the right thing to do. Despite the money issues, it is apparent in both the text and illustrations that Ruben has a fairly comfortable life with loving, supportive parents. The colorful mixed-media illustrations show a well-appointed school and a friendly urban setting with just the right amount of detail to allow the important interpersonal dynamics to be front and center. While Ruben's act of honesty doesn't guarantee he'll get a bike, his birthday is approaching, so there is hope.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ruben, the young narrator of this story from the team behind Those Shoes (2007), knows that his family can't afford the bike he yearns for. "Wishes won't make money appear," he confides to readers. "Ask your parents again," urges his bike-riding friend Sergio, who doesn't seem to realize the limitations of Ruben's circumstances. Then one day, a woman unknowingly drops a $100 bill in the grocery store. If Ruben doesn't return it, he can buy the bike-but how will he explain it to his parents? Boelts lays out Ruben's ethical dilemma and emotional turmoil without preaching, and his struggle and journey toward the moral choice-which includes an interlude in which he believes he has lost the money-is both dramatic and genuine. Jones's mixed-media illustrations capture the scuffed-up feel of Ruben's urban neighborhood, as well as the sweet earnestness of the bespectacled hero and his multiracial family. "I am happy and mixed up, full and empty, with what's right and what's gone," says Ruben after returning the money. Readers will second those emotions. Ages 5-8. Author's agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY. Illustrator's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Bicycles -- Juvenile fiction.
Right and wrong -- Juvenile fiction.
Money -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Conduct of life -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors Jones, Noah (Noah Z.), illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
ISBN 9780763666491
0763666491
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