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Author: Messner, Kate
Told in rhyming text, a boy accompanies his grandfather on the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration in Washington, DC, on Memorial Day that pays tribute to American veterans.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.90
Points: .5 Quiz: 189887
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 K-Gr 3—A tribute to the phenomenon that is the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, which takes place in Washington, DC, every Memorial Day weekend. In rhyming text, a young boy describes his journey to the capital to meet his grandfather, who rides his motorcycle to honor two friends who died in Vietnam. The child brings a photo of his pilot uncle, lost in another war. After the narrator's train trip, he joins the cyclists' encampment for memory sharing and a meal. The next morning, he rides in Grandpa's sidecar in the miles-long rows of motorcycles parading past the Lincoln Memorial. "Lines of bikes are miles long,/shining, half a million strong./Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar./Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar." Ruth's background in comics illustration is evident in his skillful use of palette to reflect mood. The realistic paintings rely on warm yellows and reds to depict the boy's home; olive fatigues and the purple-lit monument are featured during more solemn moments. VERDICT A lyrical ode to our nation's fallen heroes and those who keep their memories alive, suitable for one-on-one and small group sharing. A good choice for most collections.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2017 This picture book highlights a boy’s experiences with his grandfather at a Washington, D.C., motorcycle rally commemorating U.S. veterans. Traveling separately—Grandpa on motorcycle, riding for “friends he lost in Vietnam,” while the boy’s family takes a train (“for Uncle Zack, / flying airplanes far away”)—they gather with others at a campsite along the Potomac. Come morning, the boy in Grandpa’s sidecar, they join a parade of motorcycles, “half a million strong,” riding toward their destination, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where they have a moment of quiet to honor the dead. Spare, poetic rhyming text and beautiful, realistic illustrations with evocative touches expressively convey a wide range of emotional moment, from excitement—riding past cheering crowds—to contemplation, as in a concluding spread featuring the boy and his grandpa stargazing side by side. Though some terms lack explanation, and there’s no context offered for the Vietnam War in general, this respectful, eloquent, and moving tribute to those in the military, past and present, may inspire conversations about honoring and remembering their service. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.