A Bike Like Sergio's

A Bike Like Sergio s Finders keepers right When Ruben picks up someone s lost money he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike His friend Sergio reminds him

  • Title: A Bike Like Sergio's
  • Author: Maribeth Boelts Noah Z. Jones
  • ISBN: 9780763666491
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Finders keepers, right When Ruben picks up someone s lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same After all, when Ruben s mom sends him to Sonny s cornerFinders keepers, right When Ruben picks up someone s lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same After all, when Ruben s mom sends him to Sonny s corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn t have enough money for everything on the list So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone s purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket But when he gets home, he discovers it s not one dollar or even five or ten it s a hundred dollar bill, than enough for a new bike just like Sergio s But what about the crossed off groceries And what about the woman who lost her money Presenting a relatable story told with subtlety and heart, the creative team behind Those Shoes pairs up again for a satisfying new picture book.

    One thought on “A Bike Like Sergio's”

    1. I love that this book acknowledges the complexity and multifaceted emotions that come into play when making the decision to do the right thing (return a dropped $100 bill when you *really* want a bike). THIS LINE: "I am happy and mixed up, full and empty, with what's right and what's gone."

    2. I absolutely loved this book. It is a realistic fiction picture book that is applicable to all grade levels. I would read this to 1st graders as well as 5th graders and I think that all students would gain something from it. We are introduced to the main character as a young boy, Ruben, who is longing for a bike, but knows that his family cannot afford it. His good friend, Sergio, is always riding his bike around him and it just makes Ruben want the bike more and more. One day, when at the groce [...]

    3. More than anything, Ruben wishes he could have a bike like Sergio's. Then the two friends could go riding together, instead of Ruben running alongside Sergio's bike. But Ruben also knows his family can't afford a bike, in fact, they sometimes have difficulty providing the things the family needs. One day, while in the grocery store buying bread for his mom, Ruben sees a $1.00 fall out of a lady's purse. He picks it up, figuring it's only $1.00, but when he gets home, he realizes it is really $10 [...]

    4. This book is a Realistic Fiction book that is about a little boy, Ruben, who really wants a new shiny bike like his friends but his family can't afford it. Ruben finds money on the floor at the grocery store and when he gets home to look at it he realizes it is $100. He plans on using the money to buy a new bike but one day he meets the lade who had lost the money. In the end, he returns the money to her because it was the right thing to do.If I were to incorporate this book in my classroom I wo [...]

    5. A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts is a realistic fiction book best suited for students in grades 2-4 that is narrated by a young boy named Ruben. Ruben wishes to be like the other kids in his class, especially his friend Sergio, however, his family does not have enough money to buy him the bike that he wishes for. While Ruben was in the grocery store, a nearby woman drops a $100 bill. Ruben finds the money and is so excited knowing that he has enough money to buy a bike. Ruben deals with u [...]

    6. Oh wow, what a beautiful story of integrity. The writing has that little something special that brought it to a 5-star for me

    7. I thought one of the nicest features of this picture book was that it didn't have a cookie cutter ending. It also has some strong positive depictions of loving and happy families that are poor. I'm proud of you too, Ruben!

    8. A Bike Like Sergio’sCategories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture BookCopyright Date: 2016Estimate of age level of interest: PreK-Grade 3Estimate of reading level: Grade 2Brief description: A young boy wants a bike like his friends do but doesn’t have the money to afford one until he sees what he thought was a dollar fall out of a woman’s purse at the grocery store, and ended up being a hundred dollar bill.Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre an [...]

    9. Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture BookCopyright Date: 2016Estimate of age level of interest:K-Grade 3Estimate of reading level: Grade 2, Grade 3Brief description: Finders keepers? Sergio wants a bike like his friend, and when he finds some money on the ground it feels like a possibility, or is it?Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: A picture book tells a story through the pictures and the words, c [...]

    10. Manar MoawadIn the book a bike like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts,she teaches you that it can be hard to do the right thing instead of the wrong thing. she also changes the character. for example in the book a bike like Sergio’s Ruben had a hard time of thinking about what to do with the money that he found. IN the book a bike like Sergio’s, the author Maribeth Boelts makes a change for the character Ruben. for example, Ruben left the bike store . he didn’t even by a bike with the money th [...]

    11. Ruben, the main character of the book, comes from a poorer family and he has three siblings, so often times his family has less. Ruben is close friends with a boy named Sergio and he has a brand new shiny bike, which Ruben is very envious of. One day while at the market, Ruben notices that a woman has dropped some money. He picks it up and keeps the money in his pocket until he gets home that night. When he finally pulls out the bill he notices that it is a one-hundred-dollar bill. The book show [...]

    12. It is refreshing to have a narrative that tells us about our world and finds hope in the story of how we care for others. Ruben wants a bike like his friend Sergio and when he happens upon the opportunity to procure his bike, he must decide to choose for himself or another. This is a common narrative we find in stories seeking to align our moral senses with what is right however, there is a twist. While Ruben is buying groceries for his family, another patron drops a bill on the floor. Ruben sco [...]

    13. Ruben wants a bike just like his friend Sergio. He wants to be able to ride next to his friend Sergio instead of walking. One day on the way to school Ruben and Sergio stop at the store. While Sergio buys toys Ruben has to buy groceries for his family. During the process of checking out a lady in front of him drops a dollar bill. Ruben decides to take it finding no harm for a one dollar bill. That is until he finds it is much more than one dollar. He picked up a one hundred bill. Ruben thinks it [...]

    14. Maribeth Boelts also wrote Those Shoes, showing she knows about kids' feelings and can write stories about the hard choices faced, and how hard it also is to make good ones. This time Ruben really wants "A Bike Like Sergio's". It's hard to just run when everyone else is riding! When going to the store for his mom, the lady in line in front drops a dollar. Ruben scoops it up, thinking she really won't miss just one dollar. Later he discovers that the ONE dollar is really ONE HUNDRED, and he knows [...]

    15. "Every kid has a bike but me."Ruben would love to have a bike like the one his friend, Sergio, has. But his family can't afford it. One day, when he is standing in line at the grocery store, the woman in front of him loses money from her purse. When Ruben picks it up, he discovers that it isn't just a dollar it's $100. He could buy that bike he's always wanted. Should he keep it? How could he ever explain to his parents how he was able to buy the bike?A good book to illicit discussion with kids [...]

    16. Rubin can't afford a bike like his friends have, even though his birthday is coming soon. Then one day, a women he sees often drops a hundred dollar bill from her purse. Rubin picks it up quickly and hides it. Now he must decide what to do with it. He really wants a bike, but he knows he should return the money. A few days later, still hiding the bill, he sees the lady in the store again searching through her purse. He knows what he has to do. Rubin follows her out and returns the money. He stil [...]

    17. Children will relate to wishing for something someone else owns. The author makes sure they also relate to the dilemma Ruben faces when he finds enough money to buy the bike he wants. This story includes great examples of conflict, resolution, and character development. It also highlights the realistic--though harsh--differences in the economic status that children become aware of as they advance through elementary school. Highly recommended.

    18. A great story about making hard choices between what we want to do vs. what we should do in life. Ruben wishes he could get a bike of his own, but his family doesn’t have the money. When he sees a woman at the store drop a dollar, he puts it in his pocket, only to realize later on that it’s actually one hundred dollars. What will he do? This story will definitely stoke classroom discussion, and prompt kids to make their own connections to Ruben’s conundrum.

    19. A Bike Like Sergio's shows the importance of honesty and empathy, even when it's inconvenient for us. I really liked this lesson-teaching picture book. The main character did the right thing when the right thing was hard to do, and I believe that's a great message for kids to get out of a book. This one in particular is super easy for kids to relate to as well.

    20. Ruben wants a bike like all of his friends, but his family doesn't have the money. One day at the grocery store, the woman in line in front of him drops some money. Will Ruben return the money, or keep it for himself?A good book about responsibility and doing the right thing. Would work in story time or at home teaching kids about doing the right thing.

    21. A Bike Like Sergio's is a great story about wanting a bike but not having the money for it. When Sergio finds some money in the grocery store, he must decide what to do with the money. Does he keep it, or use it to buy the bike of his dreams. This is ultimately a story about choosing to do right even when the outcome might be unexpected.

    22. Doing the right thing is sometimes the hardest choice children (and adults) have to make. And sometimes, acting with integrity takes a little time. Sergio battles his tug-of-war of emotions and acts as a role model for readers. Recommended read-aloud and for families with elementary aged children.

    23. Author: Maribeth BoeltsIllustrator: Noah Z. JonesPublisher: Candlewick PressCopyright: 2016Target Audience: 1st grade read aloudKeywords: Bike, wanting, like, money, making right decisions, "what you did wasn't easy but it was right"

    24. An upper level picture book about a young boy who finds a hudnred dollars. What should he do keep it or return it? I really liked the differn't options and suddelty of this book. elementary and up

    25. Ruben has a really tough choice to make. Keep the $100 he found and buy the bike he's desperate for OR return the $100 to the lady who lost it?

    26. Shows that doing the right thing is rewarding and makes you feel better too! Cute book that kids will enjoy as they see the process of following the right.

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