When Howard Horse invites his friends to ride in the Summer Corn Festival Bike Race, everyone is excited to join in the fun. Everyone, that is, except Gracie Goat. Gracie is the only one who doesn’t know how to ride a bike. Fear of failure sends Gracie’s imagination soaring with the potential calamities, which she presents to her grandma in a most convincing fashion. With a sparkle in her eye, Grandma Goat makes a deal with Gracie, persuading her to face her fears and try to learn how to ride a bike in time for the race.
Children ages 5-8 will especially enjoy this story, which goes well beyond the perils of learning to ride a bike to explain the sport of cycling and the teamwork that a bike race demands. Gracie’s sincerity and persistence will win the hearts of readers of all ages as she learns the importance of trying new and scary things.
Each book in the Barnsville Sports Squad series will focus on a different Olympic sport and will champion good sportsmanship through situations that children can easily understand. The stories will also include fitness tips for kids to put into practice as they participate in their own favorite sports.
Hardcover with jacket. Full color illustrations.
Illustrated by Lisa Horstman
8 1/2″ x 10″, 32 pp., $15.95, 9781931382885