Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen
Cari Best & Christine Davenier
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
ally Jean has been riding ever since she was a baby in a bike seat attached to her mother's bicycle. As she grows older, she falls in love with riding and annoints herself the
. Her parents replace her bikes as she grows, but soon Sally Jean becomes too tall for her favorite bike, which she names
nfortunately, her parents cannot afford to replace her bike immediately, so Sally Jean uses her resourcefulness and ingenuity to try to obtain a new, better fitting bicycle. This includes opening up a bicycle repair shop, fixing neighborhood kids' bicycles, and trying to create a new bike out of used parts that she earns while working at a neighbor's junkyard. Finally she succeeds, and names her new bicycle
. In an act of altruism, she gives
away to a child who in turn has outgrown his own bike.
like that Sally has a passion and she is willing to work hard for what she loves, without begging her parents to buy something for her. The whimsical and carefree illustrations reflect Sally Jean's nature. While this isn't my favorite Cari Best book (that distinction belongs to
Are You Going to be Good?
), it's a nice story about growing up and being independent enough to solve your own problems.
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