Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Red Bike

New Red Bike by James E Ransome is a great new book to read this spring in any primary classroom.  Tom gets a new bike and is a great role model for safety.  He rides it holding both handlebars and wearing a helmet.  We watch Tom ride his bike for the next few pages; up, down, and around.  Tom is excited to show his friend Sam his bike.  While knocking on Sam's door his bike disappears.  Tom looks around, under, and behind the house for his bike.  Soon to find out Sam took it for a spin.  The story ends with a great solution for sharing the bike.  The illustrations are created on crisp white papers which allows the reader to focus more on the watercolor and pencil drawings.  As I read this book I thought my students could easily use this as a mentor text for their own writing.  It's also a great story lead a discussion on sharing.

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