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Once upon a time they made juvenile bikes that were just like adult bikes, just scaled down. They really don't make those any more, and it is really hard to find an old one (I know, I've tried). Best bet is Craigslist, at any rate.
If you want a bike with an internally geared hub that's small enough for a kid to ride, take a look at folding bikes with 16" or 20" wheels, like Dahon or Downtube. They tend to have a one-size-fits-all styling that suits kids very well, and can easily accommodate the rider's growth. For example: