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Joseph's Big Ride By Terry Farish, Illustrated by Ken Daley
Pre-K  -  5
Summary: Inspired by the author's interviews with refugee children from Sudan, this gentle story evokes the experience of a new immigrant. Vibrantly colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and diversity to life.  A refugee boy's determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship. Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he's too small to ride it. Joseph and his mother travel to America, where everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just right for him. It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair. When Whoosh crashes her bike, Joseph offers to fix it. His big chance has finally come, except that Joseph doesn't know how to ride. He crashes a few times, picks himself up, and tries again, until suddenly, with a shout of triumph, he's riding the bike.
Pre-K  - 5  Open-ended Prompts:
  1. Each story has a problem or a conflict. Identify the problem/conflict that the main character(s) experience(s) in this book. What was the solution or resolution to the problem you identified? If you could change just one thing in the story, what would it be?
  2. Has anything happened to you, or maybe to a friend, that is like what happened to the main character in the story? Describe what happened. What connections can you make between the story and the events in your life?
  3. Book review - Would you tell a friend to read this book? Why or why not. Include your opinion on refugee children from around the world.
  1. Students will be able to make connections between concepts covered in the book and the world around them.
  2. Students will be able to make sense of new vocabulary using evidence from the text.


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**Analyzing Realistic Fiction with Tumblebook’s Joseph’s Big Ride lesson plans are attached for grades K – 5.**