Born to Ride

A Story About Bicycle Face



ISBN: 9781419734120 Categories: ,

Larissa Theule


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 e ort 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 Rideis 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.

Additional information

Weight 444 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 27.3 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 12 March 2019
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
Dimensions 22.6 x 27.3 cm
Weight 444 g


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Larissa Theule holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of several picture books, including Kafka and the Doll and Mouseboat. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her family.

Kelsey Garrity-Riley earned her degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She illustrates books, magazines, greeting cards, and window displays. She lives in Brooklyn.