Tricycle

Tricycle Margarita lives in a mansion When she climbs her favorite tree she can look down into the beautiful garden below She can also see the small house next door where her friend Rosario and her family liv

  • Title: Tricycle
  • Author: Elisa Amado Alfonso Ruano
  • ISBN: 9780888996145
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Margarita lives in a mansion When she climbs her favorite tree, she can look down into the beautiful garden below She can also see the small house next door where her friend Rosario and her family live One day she sees Rosario and her brother dragging her tricycle into their yard and hiding it under a pile of boxes Margarita decides to lie and protect her friends, butMargarita lives in a mansion When she climbs her favorite tree, she can look down into the beautiful garden below She can also see the small house next door where her friend Rosario and her family live One day she sees Rosario and her brother dragging her tricycle into their yard and hiding it under a pile of boxes Margarita decides to lie and protect her friends, but is she really helping them This sensitive story illustrated in magic realist style powerfully presents complex issues of friendship, maturity, and social standing.

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    1. Tricycle is the story of a young girl, Margarita, who lives next door to a family much poorer than her own. She often climbs a tree in her yard and watches her yard as well as that of her friends, Rosario and Chepe, across the hedge. She has a secret hiding space in the hedges and she and her neighbor, Juanita often share this hiding space. One day she leaves her tricycle in the space in the hedge and looks out later to see Rosario and Chepe taking her trike and hiding it under a box. Her stomac [...]

    2. This is a thought provoking book. It begs questions, many questions. In the story a little girl, Margarita climbs a tree and sees things. Some that are comforting and some that make her belly feel not quite right.I don't want to give any spoilers away so I won't tell anymore specifics. This isn't a picture that I would read to a young child. I do think it would be good for a older child who is ready for more complex thinking. It also could be used as a writing prompt, for a student to write what [...]

    3. I will freely admit to being confused by this book. While the illustrations are very clear and I understand the basic plotline, the book's point is somewhat murky. The protagonist, who appears to be a child from a wealthy family, has friends who live in a shack behind the house. Two of them apparently either steal her tricycle or think it is abandoned and take it (I believe it is the former since they also hide it). The protagonist (not sure if this is a boy or a girl) says nothing about it, but [...]

    4. Quick synopsis: Margarita, who is probably about four or five years old, makes observations after climbing up a tree. Timoteo works in her family’s garden, while the shacks her young neighbors and friends Rosario, Chepe, and Juanita live are on the other side of the hedge in which Margarita has hidden her tricycle. She watches the children remove her trike and hide it under a box in their yard, but when her mother asks where it is, she replies “I don’t know.” At lunch, Margarita overhear [...]

    5. This book is about a girl that is middle class, but has neighbors that live in poverty. She watches as two neighborhood children steal her tricycle. She comes to terms with it at the very end when she realizes that if the volcano off in the distance would destroy her neighbors house, but not here due to the build of get house vs their house. She realizes that she is probe lagged and that she can let the fact go that her tricycle was stolen. This book is interesting because it addresses class iss [...]

    6. Genre- InternationalGrade Level- K-2Awards- None This is a wonderful story that illustrates how a young girl lies to protect her friends even though she knew the truth of what they did. This book is good to show students that no matter what situation they are in, it is never okay to lie. This international book shows our students that every child around the world also goes through obstacles in their life and have to learn to make the smart decision during situations. As a follow up activity, I w [...]

    7. Genre: InternationalAwards: NoneGrade: K-2Comments: I would use this book with a younger class to discuss the idea of lying and stealing. I would read the book to the class and then the students would be able to tell me what they know about lying and stealing and if it is an okay thing to do. I would give the kids the chance to explain if they have ever lied and if they got in trouble. This would then promote the students to get an understanding of friendship and if it really helping someone if [...]

    8. This continues to be one of my favorite picture books, though perhaps not every parent and child will be able to relate. It has some complex themes and emotions, and introduces the concepts of people who have and those who have not. The story has a literary quality to it, quite beautifully done. Children who are learning to read and have outgrown most picture books might do well with Tricycle.

    9. I feel there are deeper issues behind the simple words. At first I thought the illustrations are too dark, as if they were photos taken without a flash or something. But then they got brighter, and I wonder if it's intentional, reflecting the emotions of the narrator, sort of like the effect of Sendak's illustration spreads of 'Where the Wild Things Are'.

    10. A touching story of a young girl watches as her poor neighbors steal her tricycle, and what she decides to do about it.

    11. A couple layers of complexity here - a stolen bike? - a poor family living next to a rich family. Margarita observes these things and makes decisions that may surprise you.

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