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Bicycle Race Hardcover – October 21, 1985

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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From Publishers Weekly

The honored author-illustrator presents an event ignited with the fever of competition, visible in brilliantly hued pictures. In a city park, 12 boys and girls bestride bicycles and, at the starting signal, they're off in a whirl past the statues and spectators. All except Nine. She can't get her wheels to turn. As the other rivals speed along, a friend helps Nine to repair her bike. After agonizing minutes, she zips up to the rear where (first) Eight is winning with One, Three, Two, etc., see-sawing back and forth. Then Three is out front and Nine, Two, Three, Eight et al. pedal furiously to gain the lead. Young readers will be intent on the delayed girl's progress and on the zesty exercise in counting that Crews incorporates in his thrilling story.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 Billed as "a counting book for the youngest," Crews' latest effort falls short. Twelve riders, each dressed in a different color and clearly numbered, are shown warming up. A crowd watches as they ready themselves at the starting line in order, and thenthey're off! But waitthe red bike has a flat. The racers' order changes on each page; number three is in the lead, then six, then three again. Nine is nowhere to be seen as the riders flash past onlookers, but at last she appears and begins to gain on them. As the bikes approach the finish line, nine wins the race to the cheers of the spectators. Simple flat figures with bright colors against a largely featureless background create a convincing portrait of a bicycle road race. The static quality of the pictures gives the impression of stop-action photography. Unfortunately, the text adds little to the story. The list of numbers at the bottom of each page is meant to show the positions of the racers as the lead changes hands. The riders' order is not always clear in the illustrations, however, and the non-sequential numbers could easily confuse a child just learning to count. The book's simplicity would not appeal to those old enough to grasp the meaning. While the concept is striking, the execution doesn't make the grade. Anno's Counting Book (Crowell, 1977) or Pienkowski's Numbers (S. & S., 1981) are better counting books . Lucy Young Clem, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins; 1st edition (October 21, 1985)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0688051715
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0688051716
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 - 8 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 1 - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.88 x 0.25 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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I am very happy I got this book, it's a brilliantly illustrated story. However, seller mentioned it was in 'Very Good' condition. In fact, the book was in Very Poor condition with faded cover, torn pages, library stickers on the covers etc. We are still enjoying its contents but I would not have bought it had I known how badly kept it was.
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