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Baking a Bicycle by Lois Wickstrom and Nicolas Milano is a unique and creative children's book where the art of baking combines with the science of building a bicycle. Every year on his Unbirthday, Caspian is surprised by an unusual gift from his grandfather. He wonders whether, this year, he could have a bicycle as his gift. While his grandfather agrees, Caspian is surprised to find “baking up dust” inside an envelope the following morning instead. While his grandfather has a surprise in store, will Caspian be able to make a bicycle with the ingredients that he has?
This beautifully illustrated story offers a delightful journey through building a bicycle from scratch, simultaneously providing delicious cakes, pastries, and bread recipes. It consists of two main sections. The first section deals with building a bicycle, from selecting the necessary materials to assembling the different parts. A detailed explanation of each step makes it easy for even novice bike builders to follow along. The illustrations and photographs help demonstrate the different techniques and tools used. The second section focuses on baking. Lois Wickstrom and Nicolas Milano provide a range of recipes that are easy to follow, even for beginners. One of the things setting Baking a Bicycle apart is how it seamlessly blends two seemingly unrelated topics. The authors draw parallels between the precision required in bike building and baking, making it intriguing and entertaining. Overall, it is fun and informative and will appeal to anyone interested in either baking or building bicycles.