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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Mommy, I Need My Wheels is a children’s picture book written by Jeanne Fortune and illustrated by Blueberry Illustrations. Eddy’s bike is missing its training wheels, and Eddy’s mom isn’t helping him to find them. You see, his dad removed the training wheels so Eddy would learn to ride his bike on his own. Eddy isn’t sure he can do it, but his mom promises that she and Eddy’s dad will help him learn to ride without those wheels. Can he really learn to ride without his training wheels?
Jeanne Fortune’s Mommy, I Need My Wheels captures one of the most challenging progressions for a young child: from trike to bike with training wheels to biking on their own. The balance issue seems an impossible feat for most kids. Fortune’s book lets kids know they’re not the only ones who feel they need their wheels and that practicing with their parents’ help will soon have them up and riding with the big kids. I loved how Eddy’s mom calmly reassures him and gives him confidence through her own belief in him. Kids learn that practice, and not being afraid to fall and get up again, will soon have them happily free of the training wheels. A grand selection for storytime, the language used in this book makes it also ideal for new readers to try on their own. Mommy, I Need My Wheels is highly recommended.