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The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke
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it was amazing

Simple, easy to follow text accompanies great illustrations that are designed to look like they were drawn on corrugated cardboard. They give the story an authentic feeling, since it's set in a rural village that could easily be in Africa or Australia. Three brothers take young readers along as they enjoy the fun and freedom of riding a bike assembled from such varied components as wooden wheels, a bark license plate, tin cans and their mother's milk pot. Colloquial words used to describe the sounds and moves made while enjoying the bike, add to the ethnic flavor. The note by the author and another by the illustrator in the back are extremely useful in helping to understand the message and intent of the book. They should be shared by teachers and parents when the book is read. Overall, it's a simple, yet beautiful slice of life tale that will introduce young children to a different reality, that also points out how universal having fun with just a little can be.
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December 14, 2018 – Shelved
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