The Patchwork Bike
by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Author), Van Thanh Rudd (Illustrator)
Imagination and ingenuity will take you anywhere. The Patchwork Bikeis a very personal, yet completely relatable story about how family and making your own fun can help surmount hardship. Set in an Australian village by the “no-go” desert, three siblings make their own bike out of bark, cans, flour sacks, and mom’s milk pot. The descriptions are simplified into child-like sounds, and drama and content is distilled to the most pure. Especially beautiful are the author and artist biographies in the back, folding in cultural and social issues, woven together with heart, and topped with page design so relevant it seems to whisper its own story from flip to flip. Most definitely a keeper.