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Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face

Louise Belinda Bellflower lives in Rochester, New York, in 1896. She spends her days playing with her brother, Joe. But Joe gets to ride a bicycle, and Louise Belinda doesn't. In fact, Joe issues a solemn warning: If girls ride bikes, their faces will get so scrunched up, eyes bulging from the effort of balancing, that they'll get stuck that way FOREVER!

Louise Belinda is appalled by this nonsense, so she strikes out to discover the truth about this so-called "bicycle face." Set against the backdrop of the women's suffrage movement, Born to Ride is the story of one girl's courageous quest to prove that she can do everything the boys can do, while capturing the universal freedom and accomplishment children experience when riding a bike.

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"Louisa persists, and her true bicycle face appears — 'a gigantic, joyous smile.' Her discovery inspires her mother and other women in the community to become cyclists, too. Simple but thoughtfully detailed, Garrity-Riley’s illustrations incorporate multiple references to women’s suffrage campaigns. An informative afterword explains the connection between the rise of cycling and women’s rights." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Larissa Theule
Illustrator Kelsey Garrity-Riley
ISBN 1419734121
Publication Date Mar 12, 2019
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English