A bike. My kingdom for a bike. Ruben feels like he's the only boy in the world without a bike. If only his family had enough money to buy him a bike just like Sergio's.
Then the day comes when Ruben is buying football cards at the local grocery store and Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of a customer's purse. He leans down and picks up the dollar. He looks at the door but the lady is already gone and he decides not to go chasing after her.
Instead he tucks the dollar in his pocket and takes it home. Later, alone in his room, he pulls the dollar out and his hands begin to shake. It isn't a one dollar bill he is holding. It is a one hundred dollar bill. That's plenty of money to buy a bike.
What follows is described by the author as a wrestling match. "Doing what's right often involves some wrestling."
A chance to walk in someone else's shoes unfolds and you know just how special it would be to buy the bike you've wanted so dearly but should you buy it with money that does not belong to you?
Terrific discussion starter.
40 pages 978-0763666491 Ages 5-9
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
"Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben’s mom sends him to Sonny’s corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn’t have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone’s purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it’s not one dollar or even five or ten—it’s a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio’s! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money? Presenting a relatable story told with subtlety and heart, the creative team behind Those Shoes pairs up again for a satisfying new picture book."--from the publisher