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“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”
Summary: Bear is good at so many things: math, gymnastics, building, and science. However, riding a bike which is his dearest wish, is not one of them. Off to the library he goes to research how to ride a bike. It still doesn't work and he begins to lose confidence in himself. It isn't until he sees a kid in trouble that is he able to ride a bike and save the day. This picture book offers a lesson in perseverence in a way young children will understand.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 9
Reading Level: 2.3
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: My son and daughter loved it and requested it multiple times. They really liked Bear and loved the idea that a bear would be good at so many "human" skills. They also liked reading along in the "check" parts.
Adult Reader Reaction: I really enjoyed the book. It's gorgeously illustrated and the narrative is lovely and unique. I was not surprised by how much my kids loved Bike on, Bear. This book contains so many elements that appeal to them: an animal protagonist, great illustration, and a whimsical story.
Pros: With its whimsical story and beautiful illustrations, you'll hear cheers for bear and requests of "let's read it again."
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book would be a fantastic gift, especially for a child learning to ride a bike!
Educational Themes: From talking about the emotions of learning to ride a bike (frustration to elation), as well as the lessons of perseverence and thinking beyond yourself, Bear has a lot to offer.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fictionn - picture book, animal characters, life lessons
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.