Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)
This picture book tells the remarkable true story of Gino Bartali, celebrated Italian cyclist and winner of the 1938 Tour de France who performed heroic acts throughout World War II but kept them secret for over 50 years.
As Bartali always said, “Good is something you do, not something you talk about,” and so he kept quiet the fact that he hid forged identity papers in the hollow bars of his bicycle, sheltered a Jewish family in his cellar, rescued POWs, and used his celebrity to cause diversions when necessary.
Iacopo Bruno’s vibrant illustrations play with color and shadows to convey the mood of a world at war and in Bartali’s facial expressions the reader can almost see his mental wheels and sprockets churning a plan to fight injustice. Gorgeous and inspiring.
Located in Children’s Picture Books (E HOYT)