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Summary: Patch loves to fix things. When he sees that Mr. Rooney needs someone in the bike shop, he jumps at the chance to be that employee. After getting the job, though, Patch discovers that fixing bikes might not be as easy as it seems. This is a picture book with lessons about the value of a can-do attitude and being creative in overcoming obstacles.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 2.1
Age of Child: Started reading with 3½-year-old child.
Little Kid Reaction: Our preschooler loves Patch. We read it at bedtime one evening, and it has been part of the repertoire for two weeks now … we even made sure we packed it for vacation.
Big Kid Reaction: The story is cute, even if the alliterative names are a little stale. Even after two weeks, it's still a nice read and we haven't (overly) tired of it yet.
Pros: The story moves quickly and has a positive message that's easily absorbed. Think: What would Patch do? The fact-sheets in the back for fixing a flat tire on a bike are also a nice touch.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! If you have your own Junior Fix-It. Borrow if you're just looking for a good summer book.
Educational Themes: This book offers kids both the opportunity to reflect on their own frustrations, as well as how to keep an open mind about solving their problems ON THEIR OWN.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2005
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