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The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke
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it was amazing
bookshelves: best_2018_jp, jp-diversity

Best of 2018 Picture Book List - Horn Book, Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal

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-world poverty nation via a patchwork bike is eye-opening. The illustrations, which are patchwork in themselves - using cardboard and paint, adds to the unique element. The hidden messages in the illustrations such as the boys on the cop car and BLM on the license plate make this story something which can be discussed and analyzed by older readers as well.

Recommended for ages 3-6 (for enjoyment of the story)/ ages 10+ (for analysis of story/illustrations).
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
December 28, 2018 – Shelved as: best_2018_jp
December 28, 2018 – Shelved
December 28, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 2, 2019 – Shelved as: jp-diversity

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