Friday, January 29, 2016

Joseph's Big Ride - a bookwrap


Authored by Terry Farish

Art by Ken Daley

Ages 4-7

Unwrapping some really cool illustrations...

The illustrations are vibrant, bold and full of detail and action.  They portray the emotion, struggle and triumph of Joseph's dream spot on.

About the book...

What a wonderful story to share with your kids.  Everyone is not as privileged as we are and it is a perfect book to highlight that we should be very grateful for all that we have.

Joseph and his mother live in a refugee camp.  He wants with all his heart to ride a bicycle.  An older boy in the camp has a tired broken bike that is badly in need of repair.  Joseph gladly helps him   get his bike up and running but unfortunately the bike is way too big for Joseph to ride.   He dreams that some day he will ride a bike.

He and his mother finally leave the camp to fly off to America where they start a band-new life.  It is strange and even scary in the new country.  

Joseph never gives up his dream.  One day he looks out his window and spots a red bicycle down on the sidewalk below. He discovers it belongs to a girl that lives in his apartment building. He calls her Whoosh, so named because of her long, unruly mane of hair that twirls and twists and blows freely in the wind. 

Whoosh accidentally crashes her bike and luckily Joseph, with his repairing skills, is there to rescue it and restore it for her ride once again.  Whoosh is ever so grateful and in return for his help she offers to let him ride her bike.  There's only one problem... Joseph doesn't know how! Oh my!

With brute determination and a few crashes along the way he finally succeeds and releases a great shout of victory!!! Yes!!! Joseph's dream has finally come true. 

About the author...

Terry Farish is a writing teacher and author with a passion for telling the stories of people from many cultures. Her novel The Good Braider was named a YALSA Best Book of the Year and selected as an American Library Association Outstanding Book for the College Bound and Lifelong Learner. Her second novel, Either the Beginning or the End of the World, will be published in 2015. Her previous picture book, The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup, won a BCCB Blue Ribbon award. She lives in Kittery, ME.

About the illustrator...

Ken Daley was born in Ontario to parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic. He draws inspiration for his painting in his African-Caribbean roots. His artwork has been exhibited throughout North America and featured in many print publications. He lives in Macomb, IL.

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