The creator of the Minerva Louise books pens a short, catchy ode to what is a monumental event for many a kindergartener: that first ride on the big, yellow school bus. Three eager, smiling youngsters are each shown getting something ready for their trip to the bus stop. (Even the driver is shown readying the new bus with a wash.) The jaunty, albeit somewhat forced, rhymes evoke the feel of kids skipping out the door. "Stevie Beecher/ has a present for the teacher. And he can't wait/ to bring it/ to the bus stop." The trio of pupils meets at the stop where a large bus-its golden-yellow hue filling most of the two-page spread-and its smiling driver await. "The bus looks/ awfully big and tall./ Each kid feels/ kind of scared and small." With only one spread depicting a cheery, busy classroom, most of the action is devoted to the journey there and back, reassuring even the most reticent riders that the bus will indeed return them to a parent's embrace. Bright colors impart a cheerful, upbeat tone and a small trim size creates an innocent, child-friendly feel. This confidence-instilling book invites repeated readings-young audiences surely will want to revisit the final scene of the students being swept up in parental hugs at the bus ride's end. Ages 3-up. (July)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Bus Stopby Janet Morgan Stoeke
For very young children about to embark on their own school bus trips, here is a simple and playful book about this exciting rite of passage. Several kindergartners from the neighborhood gather at the bus stop and mount the steps for their important ride. They might be a little scared at first, but soon all turns to joy as the big yellow bus rumbles them off to
For very young children about to embark on their own school bus trips, here is a simple and playful book about this exciting rite of passage. Several kindergartners from the neighborhood gather at the bus stop and mount the steps for their important ride. They might be a little scared at first, but soon all turns to joy as the big yellow bus rumbles them off to school. Children will love the candy-colored pictures of little ones just like themselves. And the very easy rhyming text with its repetitive refrain will have them chanting along in no time.
The author of the humorous "Minerva Louis" books (Dutton) offers a gentle look at a first ride on a school bus. Soft pastel illustrations depict three kindergartners as they head to the neighborhood stop. The rhyming verses are simple and to the point; each student is depicted as unique, but possessing similar fears and anxieties. Their ride is presented as an exciting part of the day, and all three youngsters look forward to the return trip after school. The cartoon artwork is colorful and inviting, showing characters with sweetly delineated features. The repetitive text invites participation while portraying this rite of passage in an upbeat manner. This playful little gem can be used to introduce new experiences to children and is sure to be popular with those preparing for kindergarten.
Andrea TarrCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 8.12(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.32(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 5 Years
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