Bumblebee Bike

Bumblebee Bike9781433816468_p0_v1_s260x420Bumblebee Bike

Sandra Levins, Author

Claire Keay, Illustrator

Magination Press, Fiction, 2014

Suitable for Ages: 4-7

Themes: Stealing, Bicycle, Behavior, Guilt, Honesty

Opening: David was impatient. When he saw something he wanted, his teeth clenched. His fists tightened. His heart raced. When he wanted something, he wanted it right away.

Synopsis: David has a secret treasure box in his closet where he keeps the things he borrows from people without asking — like the Superman he snatches from his best friend Payton, the blinking reindeer pin from Aunt Rhonda, and a green rubber ball from his neighbor Charlie. To lessen his guilt, David tells himself that he will give it all back someday. When his prized yellow bicycle is missing he feels sick inside and wonders how someone can take something that belongs to someone else. He remembers the things he’s taken and realizes what he’s done is wrong.  He knows he has to make things right.

Why I like this book: Sandra Levins’ book belongs in every home. Children are unaware of the value of an item until they lose something they cherish. A common conflict among children is the proverbial “I see, I want, and I take,” with no sense of consequence. Levins’ book addresses this common occurrence in a child’s development with simplicity and compassion.  Claire Keay’s illustrations are colorful pastels, full of detail and they compliment the storyline.

Resources: The book is a resource. There is a two-page spread of helpful information, strategies, activities and discussion questions parents can use with their children.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

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34 thoughts on “Bumblebee Bike

  1. This seems like a topic we don’t hear much about. I would’ve appreciated this as a kid, but as a parent, I love it. ‘Sounds like the author has done a great job without being too didactic. Thanks.

  2. I think it is true of a lot of wrong behavior as kids, it is often when we experience the other end of it, we understand the consequences. Great find.

  3. A great idea for a book. Many kids do seem to think it is OK to take something that belongs to another. This book will make it clear it is not OK. I remember having to discuss this issue with both of my children. A book like this would have helped.

  4. This book sounds excellent, Pat! I have no idea how I missed it yesterday, and I’m very glad I went back to check the PPBF listing again today. As someone pointed out, you are definitely the “book whisperer.” You find the BEST books.

    • I would think you would see this subject in children’s books. But, a couple of people have made that comment. Know it belongs in your book bag, Rhythm. Great to discuss with kids.

  5. This sounds like an excellent addition to any classroom or home library, Pat. It’s not a topic that gets a great deal of coverage, and it’s one that I would think most children struggle with at least at some point. Thanks for sharing and adding to our list!

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