Bumper to Bumper: A Traffic Jam

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Where do you find a sports car, a horsebox, a caravan, a cement mixer—

more than 30 vehicles all together? Where else but bumper to bumper in a traffic jam? This book features pictures of vehicles which children can learn to spot and name. Jakki Wood is the author of the "Animal Friends" series.

People in the various vehicles stuck in a long line of traffic wonder what is holding them up.

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Overview

Where do you find a sports car, a horsebox, a caravan, a cement mixer—

more than 30 vehicles all together? Where else but bumper to bumper in a traffic jam? This book features pictures of vehicles which children can learn to spot and name. Jakki Wood is the author of the "Animal Friends" series.

People in the various vehicles stuck in a long line of traffic wonder what is holding them up.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The uncharacteristically cheerful gridlock is backed up as far as the title page in Wood's (Animal Hullabaloo) vehicle-oriented volume, beginning an idle parade of cars, trucks, bikes, buses and other wheeled contraptions. What's holding things up? Readers won't find out they following the endless line of traffic, car by car, page by page, to the last spread. No two vehicles are alike, and each is clearly labeled: a hatchback follows a cement mixer, which comes awfully close to a helmeted cyclist, who's stopped behind a delivery van, which follows a trailer hitched to the back of a four-wheel-drive car, and on and on. Drivers talk on cellular phones, water their dogs, whistle along to their car radios, wash their windshields, blow bubbles and doze. Except for some pesky seagulls, and an unfortunate but harmless fender-bender, these merry motorists find little reason to grimace or pout. Kids will enjoy examining all the details and the occupants of each conveyance, learning to differentiate between the various types of vehicles in the process. Ages 1-5. (May)
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PreS-Gr 1This creative word book shows over 30 vehicles, from a tandem bicycle to a cement mixer, and their drivers and passengers stuck in a gigantic traffic jam. The modes of transportation are identified clearly through the bold text and in the nicely defined illustrations done in watercolor. Chuckles are sure to follow when readers see the cause of the congestion. Observation skills can be finely tuned as children are encouraged to notice the wide variety of emotions displayed through the people's facial expressions, body motions, and activities despite the standstilla boy giving his dog water, a man washing windshields, a bird in constant flight overhead, children blowing bubbles, etc. The book aptly shows signs of the modern world through pictures such as a man talking on his cellular phone. This title would work nicely as a lap book or in story hours.Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
Carolyn Phelan
In this brightly illustrated picture book, a traffic jam provides a chance to look closely at a variety of vehicles and the people who drive and ride in them. A baby fusses, a man talks on his cellular phone, a bicycle glides past the cars, a woman checks on the horse in her trailer, a van bumps into a sports car, and a child blows bubbles out a minivan window. In short, different people respond in different ways to the wait, while gulls and a helicopter fly overhead. The text labels the vehicles and leaves it to the audience to comment on what's happening, while the ink-and-watercolor illustrations provide elements of comic action. Chances are that parents will tire of this book long before their toddlers do; it presents in an attractive and straightforward way an everyday subject that fascinates many young children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689803918
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.22 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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