Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Joel Christian Gill
Illustrator: Joel Christian Gill
Publisher: Cub House
Have you ever been told you weren’t good enough? Bessie Stringfield sure was, but that never stopped her! This book tells the story of young Bessie Stringfield learning to ride a bike. All the boys at school said she couldn’t do it and she’d never be faster than them. Bessie dreams that she rides her bike so fast she can glide over water and shoot into space. The next day, Bessie takes her bike to where the boys are racing to show them what she can do.
This book is adorable, with its warm illustrations and poetic words. The story is written in an easy-to-read format. It is simple and attention-keeping. It is also fun and inviting and encourages the reader to chase his or her dreams, whatever doubters may say. At the end of the book, there is a history of Bessie Stringfield. It is written in smaller font and in paragraphs and would definitely be better suited to older children. It doesn’t take away from the charm of this children’s book in any way, though. In fact it adds to it, giving older readers more of a background for this cute tale.