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Review of <em>The Patchwork Bike</em> by Maxine Beneba Clarke


Candlewick Press


Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America

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African Languages and Societies | Early Childhood Education | Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews, Africa, family


A young girl introduces us to her home of mud-walls, the big tree at the edge of the village, her fed-up mum, crazy brothers, and the best thing in the village — the bike she made with her brothers. She talks about all the things they used to make the bike, and how much it shakes as they race through the village. They have fun riding the bike as they explore their home. There are not many words, so it is a good starting book for new readers. Because of the lack of words, the pictures become the main focus, and they do not disappoint. The pictures were created using recycled cardboard, following the theme of reusing and recycling items to create something beautiful. The book is also from the perspective of a girl living in poverty, but the reader is not meant to feel sorry for her; her positive attitude about the fun she has creating and riding her bike with her brothers shine through the pages. This book might be good to introduce children to the experiences of children growing up in other countries. Highly recommended. Nicole J Spencer, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville, Ohio.



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