The Girl and the Bicycle

The Girl and the Bicycle

by Mark Pett


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From the creator of The Boy and the Airplane, a touching wordless picture book about a little girl, a shiny bicycle, and the meaning of persistence—with an unexpected payoff.

A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman.

The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.

Wordless, timeless, and classic, The Girl and the Bicycle carries a message of selflessness and sweet surprises and makes an ideal gift for graduations and other special occasions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442483194
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 134,642
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 8 Years

About the Author

Writer and illustrator Mark Pett has practiced his craft in Philadelphia, Prague, the Mississippi Delta, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to illustrating several books, Mark is the “authorstrator” of The Boy and the Airplane and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. He is also the creator of the syndicated comic strips Mr. Lowe and Lucky Cow. He lives in Salt Lake City. Visit him at

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Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
No written words but a great book about determination and persistence. Yes, she wants that green bicycle and yes, she will work hard to do it. Walking by a store window, a little girl eyes a green bicycle which she decides she wants. Breaking into her piggy bank at home, it’s decided she does not have enough money to buy it so off she goes to hunt down any stray change that she can find. After selling her toys and some lemonade she still doesn’t have enough, so she’s off to market herself to her neighbors raking their leaves. One neighbor has leaves to rake plus other jobs to keep her earning money for her bike. Arriving at the store with all her hard-earned money, the girl is surprised at she finds. It’s the brown pages of the book with the penciled drawings which is offset with the green bicycle that highlights the importance of the story. I read the book a couple times, one time just watching the facial expressions of the characters, which was interesting.