The Patchwork Bike
When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe ...more
While the setting may not be familiar to many kids, I think the experience would be. I love the opening couple of lines of this book: -
This is the village where we live inside our mud-for-walls home. These are my crazy brothers and this is our fed-up mum.
We all know the fed-up mum right? We've all experienced her and some of us are even lucky enough to be her! And this is what I mean by the shared exper ...more
The words in this picture book ...more
This is the 4th book in recent weeks I've received that, to me, are based on political correctness and therefore, in my ...more
But this book is nothing like that.
And it is equally necessary.
This is a jubilant celebration of childhood energy, creativity, and happiness.
Street artist Van Than Rudd uses sheets of unfolded cardboard boxes as h ...more
I picked this picture book not only because its of the authors storytelling ability, but also because of the amazing illustrations. The book looks to be made out of used cardboa ...more
A girl living in an African town describes a source of pride for her and her brothers - their bike which they made out of odd pieces and parts. Using wood, branches, bark, pots, a bucket seat, and other objects, the bike takes shape and allows the three kids to zoom around the sandy hills and past their mom.
This story is very unique and diverse in many different aspects. The ability to glimpse into a third-wor ...more
In the back of the book the author and illu ...more
I loved this; particularly, I love the collage-style art; and how the language perfectly reflects a kid's perspective; and how this book can be used to start so many different kinds of conversations--conversations about diversity and poverty and privilege, but also about the power of imagination and the playfulness that is u ...more
Author: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Illustrator: Van T Rudd
Age Recommendation: Pre-School/ Kinder
Art Style: Mixed materials on recycled materials.
Topic/ Theme: Family and Reusing materials
The Patchwork Bike is a simple book. A boy talking about his environment, his family and his prized possession. That possession is a bike made up of bits and pieces from the village. There is no real story line just a slice of life into another world, like meeting a new friend.
This is an acclaimed...more
Her debut short story collection, Foreign Soil, won the 2013 Victorian Premier's Award for a ...more