A bicycle is given to a child at the Ceremony of Nine in The Giver.  Am I correct?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Yes, you are correct.  Children in the community do receive their bicycles when they get to be nine years old.

There are a number of instances where the book tells us this.  I don't know if yours has the same page numbers as mine, but:

  • On page 13 we find out that all kids are given bikes when they turn nine.  Before that, they aren't supposed to ride but are often allowed to ride by older kids.
  • On page 14, Jake's father tells him about his own (the dad's) sister's Nines celebration where she got her bike and took out her hair ribbons.

So yes, that is when they get their bikes.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The bicycle is a symbol of growing up and being given the freedom of going into the community.  The children are given their bicycles when they turn 9.  In the book "The Giver" the community has a rule that children are not allowed to learn to ride a bike before they turn 9.  It is interesting to note that there is a bit of rebellion in Jonas' father because he had taught his sister to ride before she had turned nine.  However, the rule was not taken very harshly as many brothers and sisters had taught each other how to ride before their time. 

"She became a Nine that year and got her bicycle."(13)

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