Millie Cooper longs for a bicycle; and by forcing herself to recite a favorite poem in front of her third-grade class, she convinces her parents that she is mature enough to ride one alone in Chicago. Then Millie is so afraid she won't get a respectable number of valentines that she tells everyone not to send her any. . .and no one does, except her best friend. Next, she knows that if she can sell 20 newspaper subscriptions, she'll win the coveted bicycle; but after two rejections she can't bring herself to approach any other potential customers. But when she is finally able to summon the courage to give a beautiful poetry recitation, she realizes that risk-taking can make life worthwhile. Though this sequel to Millie Cooper, 3B is set in 1947, the subject of coping with insecurity and shyness is one that transcends its setting; this gentle book with its familial warmth will appeal to the sort of readers who enjoy Eleanor Estes' stories.