Ready Set Draw! The girl & bike from BORN TO RIDE
There is nothing like the feel of the wind in your hair and the sun on your back when you finally learn to ride a bike — ESPECIALLY if your brother says you can’t do it because you are a girl! Bring your best “bicycle face” & join illustrator Kelsey Garrity-Riley as she shows us how to draw the girl & her bike from BORN TO RIDE.
ABOUT the Book
Written by Larissa Theule, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Louise Belinda Bellflower lives in Rochester, New York, in 1896. She spends her days playing with her brother, Joe. But Joe gets to ride a bicycle, and Louise Belinda doesn’t. In fact, Joe issues a solemn warning: If girls ride bikes, their faces will get so scrunched up, eyes bulging from the effort of balancing, that they’ll get stuck that way FOREVER! Louise Belinda is appalled by this nonsense, so she strikes out to discover the truth about this so-called “bicycle face.” Set against the backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement, Born to Ride is the story of one girl’s courageous quest to prove that she can do everything the boys can do, while capturing the universal freedom and accomplishment children experience when riding a bike.
I am an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue my love of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design where I graduated from in 2010. If you have any questions or collaborations I would love to hear from you.
ABOUT ABRAMS BOOKS
ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS publishes picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers. Some highlights of this award-winning children’s line include Library Mouse; Rosie Revere, Engineer; I Am Yoga; Animalia; Babar’s Museum of Art; Separate Is Never Equal; Maritcha; and 365 Penguins.
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