Is There Room on the Bus?

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When Sam sets off around the world in his battered old bus, all kinds of creatures want to go, too. First, he is joined by one lonely lion, then two cross cows. The animals just keep on coming until ten bothersome bees prove to be ten bees too many.

After fixing up a rickety bus, Sam sets off to drive around the world, picking up an alliterative assortment of animals--from one lonely lion to ten bothersome bees--along the way.

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Overview

When Sam sets off around the world in his battered old bus, all kinds of creatures want to go, too. First, he is joined by one lonely lion, then two cross cows. The animals just keep on coming until ten bothersome bees prove to be ten bees too many.

After fixing up a rickety bus, Sam sets off to drive around the world, picking up an alliterative assortment of animals--from one lonely lion to ten bothersome bees--along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Climb aboard Sam's bright yellow tour bus as he motors around the world accumulating a vivid assortment of animals. Characters kids can count on - from one to ten - add up to a festive conglomeration of crammed-in creatures. Brimming with retro-art, reminiscent of children's books a generation ago, this action-packed book receives bonus points for geographic and architecture touches to match the countries crossed. Kudos, too, to the author for choosing animated, alliterative adjectives to describe this ever-expanding packet of pilgrims.
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
Sam is a young boy who sets off for a trip around the world in a rickety old bus that he fixed and painted. He travels wide and far, picking up a lonely lion in South Africa, then two cross cows in Ireland, then three wet walruses in Canada, and so on. By the time nine crotchety crocodiles from Egypt join the adventurous crew, the bus is very full indeed. This fun story, with its lively illustrations, teaches counting to ten, animals, and countries.
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PreS-Gr 1Sam takes his large bus on a world tour and picks up an assortment of animal passengers along the way. The likes of "one lonely lion" from South Africa, "three wet walruses" from Canada, and "nine crotchety crocodiles" from Egypt go a long way toward filling the seats until "ten bothersome bumblebees" come on the scene. Giffard's watercolors, done in a bold primitive style, juxtapose a page for counting animals with a facing page depicting the increasingly crowded vehicle. Children will shout the numbers and no doubt join in with the reading aloud of this adventure as its word pattern builds. Unfortunately, the single map is merely decorative and useless for place or animal identification. Otherwise, this is a lively and appealing concept book.Kathy East, Wood County District Public Library, OH
Hazel Rochman
Sam fixes up his rickety bus and drives around the world. In South Africa, one lonely lion joins him. In Ireland, two cows ask if they can come, too, because they're in a bad "moo-ood" and a drive around the world would cheer them up. In Canada, three wet walruses climb on the bus; in Burma, four elephants balance the weight; then five fidgety frogs . . . all squash in. Like Priceman's "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" (1994), this is a lighthearted around-the-world cumulative counting story, a simple introduction to geography and wordplay. The comic watercolor pictures pick up the nonsense as more and more creatures pack into the bus--until 10 bothersome bumblebees buzz in and scatter everyone. Kids will count and identify animals and countries, and they'll enjoy the slapstick journey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689806100
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/18/1996
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.93 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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