I was happy to see this new book by Mark Pett. I read The Boy and the Airplane and loved it so I was excited to see another by this author/illustrator. I really don't think a classroom can have too many quality wordless picture books. So I am always looking for new ones to add to my collection. A good wordless book provides so many opportunities for conversation and learning.
The Girl and the Bicycle is about a little girl who REALLY wants a bike she sees in a store window. But she doesn't have enough money for the bike. So she works really hard to earn and save her money. It takes her a very long time. (I love that the illustrations let the reader know that it took her a long time--so brilliant!). But when she goes to buy the bike, it is no longer in the store window. A very sad moment for the little girl who has been working so hard for so long.
This book gives readers lots to talk about and I LOVE the style of Mark Pett's illustrations. This is a totally separate story from Pett's other wordless book but a conversation comparing the two would be worthwhile and interesting.
As an aside, I took some time to visit Mark Pett's blog this week. He has this amazing zip code tradition which I completely love. You must read this post! He might be one of my new favorite people.
A great wordless picture book!