Adios Tricycle


Even though he has outgrown his tricycle a little pig decides to hide it at his families yard sale. When he meets a young pig whom he thinks it will work for, he is able to finally give it up.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will enjoy - and relate to - this cute story. It will be fun to share with both English and Spanish learners.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although parents may breeze through the Spanish, it could be a challenge for young readers who would otherwise be able to read the book.

Little Kid Reaction

I picked this book for my daughter because she will be learning Spanish next year and I wanted to show her there were some books for kids that have Spanish in them. She was a little frustrated with it because some of the words were in Spanish and she had to look them up in the back to understand what the sentences were saying. She thought the story was cute and did like it better the second time through when she could understand it better. She thought it was funny when the little child (the family is actually pigs) kept moving and hiding the tricycle when he saw different people looking at it.

Parent Reaction

I liked the story as it shows that it is a good idea to sell some toys and help other kids in the process. I also liked that it included Spanish words. I was hoping she would like it better but wasn’t surprised when she did not want to read it again

Type of Book:
This bilingual picture book acknowledges how hard it can be to give up something we love.
Educational Themes:

In addition to be a good book for introducing Spanish vocabulary, it is a great story to share when it is time for a child to give up a beloved toy. The story makes it easy to talk about memories and feelings. In this story, the boy receives a reward for selling his bike - his parents get enough money to buy him a bigger bike. This may be a way to introduce value and money for kids who are saving for something. It is also a form of recycling.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read by a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Kids always have toys and treasures they have difficulty giving up. This book will be handy to have. Any teacher who teaches elementary Spanish will enjoy this book and like the Spanish words that are put into help the story. All libraries should hav

Title Adios Tricycle
Author Susan Middleton Elya
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers © 2009
Illustrators Elisabeth Schlossberg
ISBN 9780399245220
Material Hard Cover
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Growing Up, Foreign Language | Bilingual
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