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The Bus for Us
     

The Bus for Us

by Suzanne Bloom
 

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Today is Tess’s first day of school and her very first ride on a school bus. As a multitude of vehicles—from fire engine to front loader—passes by, Tess eagerly asks, "Is this the bus for us, Gus?" Young readers will particularly enjoy knowing more than Tess as they identify all of the vehicles that pass by, and they will laugh at the ridiculous

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Today is Tess’s first day of school and her very first ride on a school bus. As a multitude of vehicles—from fire engine to front loader—passes by, Tess eagerly asks, "Is this the bus for us, Gus?" Young readers will particularly enjoy knowing more than Tess as they identify all of the vehicles that pass by, and they will laugh at the ridiculous antics of all of the kids waiting at the bus stop. Bloom paints a brilliant cast of multiracial kids toting backpacks, lunch boxes, and show-and-tell pets, creating humorous subplots in this reassuring back-to-school classic.

"An everyday occurrence is transformed into a special, silly event that is both clever and sweet. Kids will get a kick out of knowing more than Tess. . . but what they’ll really enjoy is the watercolor art alive with hijinks and humor."—Booklist starred review

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Remember waiting for the bus on the first day of school? Wondering when it would arrive and what it would be like to ride on the big kids' bus? This book is a testament to the older sibling who waited with you, held your hand and answered all of your irritating questions. Tess and Gus are waiting at the bus stop. A taxi, a tow truck, a fire engine and an ice-cream truck all drive by the bus stop before the bus finally arrives to take them to the first day of school. With each vehicle, Tess asks "Is this the bus for us?" Gus patiently says no and explains why it is not the bus. The illustrations show each vehicle and Gus and Tess waiting while several other kids gather to wait for the bus as well. The repetitive nature will make it comfortable for young children to listen to, and the topic is one that pre-school age children will find delightful. 2001, Boyds Mills Press, $10.95. Ages 3 to 5. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Though the bright watercolors spread against crisp white backgrounds are eye-catching, what really draws children into this book is the repetitive chorus, "Is this the bus for us, Gus?" as the front part of a different vehicle is introduced on every other full-page spread. An older child, growing ever exasperated, kindly explains, "No, Tess. This is a-" (taxi, tow truck, backhoe, etc.). There are other treats for the book's viewers, too. Another child joins the line with every turn of the page and some youngsters will notice that the words "bus stop" occasionally become jumbled. Many readers will enjoy the unspoken story as the newly arrived children and their possessions begin to intermingle. Though the story is deceptively simple, teachers will be able to think of dozens of ways to share this book with preschool and beginning-reader audiences.-Thomas Pitchford, Rosenthal Elementary, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

* "An everyday occurrence is transformed into a special, silly event in a story that is both clever and sweet." --Booklist, starred review

"Encourages beginning readers to go it alone, but will also work well as a read-aloud. . . . You'll definitely want to get on board this bus!" --Library Media Connection

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620914410
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
126,407
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
70L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Bloom waits with her sons for their school bus each day. She is also the author and illustrator of We Keep a Pig in the Parlor and A Family for Jamie. Ms. Bloom lives with her family in McDonough, New York.

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