The patchwork bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T. Rudd
It has bashed in tin can handles
and wood-cut wheels
that winketty wonk
when we sped through the fields
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. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.
This is a joyous book celebrating the fun of childhood and inventiveness. These boys are in Sudan where they make their own fun out of the bits and pieces they could find around them. Their bike made be home made but it gave them enormous pleasure and we can see it in the pictures of their faces.
You can watch the author read this book below:
2017 is the year of the Bicycle. It has been two hundred years since the invention of the bicycle which is the world's most popular form of transport. Watch the very short video on the left to see a history of the bicycle.
Many people in poor and developing countries like the Sudan cannot afford to buy a bike. A bike is life changing for people in these areas. It makes them mobile allowing them to go to school, to work, to transport goods and to travel the long distances to obtain water. There is a charity called World Bicycle Relief that aims to raise money to buy bicycles for people who need them. See the video below on how life changing a bicycle could be to some people in Africa.
Are you creative? The boys in the book made an amazing bike out of recycled items from around their house. What can you make out of recycled materials? Watch this slideshow to get some ideas from what others have made. We have many books in the library on how to make toys and robots and costumes from recycled materials. Ask us to show you where these are!