This sweet, wordless picture book teaches kids lessons about hard work and generosity. It also teaches kids how to handle disappointment gracefully.
Title: The Girl and the Bicycle
Author: Mark Pett
Illustrator: Mark Pett
Publication Year: 2014
Age Group: Preschool, Kindergarten
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Comments: I really want my kids to grow up to be good people. I think books are awesome way to do this, because instead of me having to lecture to my kids about moral responsibility and ethical choices, I can just point to the book. Like, “Remember when the girl used her hard-earned money to buy a tricycle for her little brother?” I want my kids to believe that good things happen to people who are kind, but I don’t want to have to keep repeating myself over and over.
Because this book has no words, it is perfect for preschoolers. They can just look at the pictures to figure out the plot of the story. This lets them effectively “re-read” the book on their own or to you. However, the lesson is applicable to kids of all ages. I want my kids to know how to work hard to get what they want. I also want them to be kind, even in the face of disappointment. Ultimately, I believe they will be rewarded for their generosity.
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