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Two Bicycles in Beijing

Written by Teresa Robeson & illustrated by Junyi Wu
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“A playful story of friendship succeeds as an introduction to Beijing, its sights, language, and culture.”

Fresh from the factory, two personified bikes—Lunzi and Huangche—rest together in a bike shop in Beijing, delighting in one another’s company until each is sold to a different buyer. Huangche’s owner is a girl wearing a sky blue sweater who thinks his yellow color is perfect for her. Lunzi’s owner is a delivery boy, who races around Beijing with his messenger bag. As he travels, Lunzi keeps a hopeful eye out for Huangche’s yellow frame, but each glimpse of yellow proves to be something other than her friend—a woman’s purse, a kite, or flowers. Just when she loses hope, Lunzi’s owner and Huangche’s owner cross paths at the bakery, and the two old bike friends are reunited as a friendship begins between the owners. This simple story of friendship is also a fun vehicle for introducing young readers to a small handful of Mandarin Chinese vocabulary words as well as some sights of Beijing: Nanguan Park, the National Art Museum, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and more. Even with limited text, Robeson incorporates touching, poetic moments—“Side by side, / old friends / and new.” Wu’s cross hatching and colored pencil-like illustrations are appealing with their soft, sketched quality. Definitions for Mandarin Chinese words included in the story are provided in endnotes, though a pronunciation guide would also have been helpful.

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One, two; yi, er. Side by side, two bicycles, Lunzi and Huangche, come out of the factory. Side by side, they watch the city of Beijing from their shop window. Then a young girl comes in and buys Huangche, rolling him away from Lunzi! With the help of a delivery boy, Lunzi begins an epic race to find her friend that introduces readers to all the sights and sounds of Beijing.

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Who Wrote Two Bicycles in Beijing

Teresa Robeson

Teresa Robeson was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and now writes and creates from her mini-homestead in southern Indiana where she lives with her scientist husband. A nonfiction winner of the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program, Teresa advocates for greater scientific and cultural literacy.

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Who Illustrated Two Bicycles in Beijing

Junyi Wu

Junyi Wu is a freelance illustrator and designer and a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design. Her passions include pies, puns, and puzzles. She is based in Orange County, California.

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