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
Some of my very best memories from childhood are of times when I created something out of nothing. I remember building a go-cart fr ...more
Activism: Black Lives Matter, black pride
Location: Unidentified rural desert
Things that go: Bike
Tough Issues: Poverty
Identity/Our Voices: Author (Caribbean Australian) Illustrator (Australian)
"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 mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack."
This book ...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 mother and her three children live in a mud house in a village out in the middle of a desert. The children must find some way to keep themselves entertained in this middle of nowhere setting. The children work together and use their imagination in order to create a "patchwork bike". The three siblings have so much fun riding around on this patchwork bike, making the most of the things they have. The story includes resourcefullness and imagination.
I liked "The Patchwork bike" ...more
Evaluation: All of the pictures in the book are really cool. They are watercolor and look like they are cardboard boxes. All of the pictures are also extremely detailed. I really enjoyed looking through the book. ...more
In the back of the book the author and illu ...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