The Little School Bus


Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

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Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Little School Bus:

"The team behind The Little Dump Truck present this relentlessly cheery offering and an anthropomorphized school bus." - Booklist

"Cute . . . Will help to complete vehicler lovers' collections." - Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Little Dump Truck:

“Preschoolers will love this book.” —School Library Journal

“The sharp-edged bright blue chassis, lemon-yellow dumper and smiling grill of this hard-working construction vehicle with his cohort of fuel trucks, vans, buses, pickups on heavy stock paper would have made this title a winner in my book. Wait—that’s not all! The text can be sung to the nursery favorite, ‘I’m a little teapot!’ Try it!” —

“The titular little dump truck cheerily gives the youngest listeners the lowdown on its duties.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fast storytime favorite.” —Booklist

Children's Literature - Jill Walton
Such a friendly little school bus and it lives such a busy life! The little school bus trusts its friend, Bob the driver, and the two are careful to keep children safe and happy. Bob and his bus smile as they go about their work. Action verbs such as bouncing, clunking, and rumbling describe the fun of riding a school bus. The illustrations are cheerful, vivid, and reflect a contemporary America. Excited children of many racial backgrounds carry brown bag lunches, backpacks, purses, while others roll the wheels on their wheelchairs as the artist celebrates the diversity and inclusivity of this country. The little school bus is as well cared for as the children it carries. When the weather is too bad, Bob and the little school bus stay home; and when the little school bus needs a tune up, people take care of its needs in its own ‘yard.’ Preschool children will be eager to ride a little school bus after they are introduced to this picture book. Reviewer: Jill Walton; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
Rhyming verses stretch out the job of a school bus to 12 spreads.Driving down the road, picking up kids and dropping them off, visiting the mechanic, operating the wheelchair platform and going around a bend are a few of the things the yellow vehicle does in the job it so obviously loves, as evidenced by its smiling bumper, cheerful eyes and pink cheeks—all vehicle parts. Each verse starts with "I'm a little school bus," so readers (especially those reading aloud) will be hard-pressed not to try to force the rhymes into the tune for "I'm a Little Teapot." Some work better than others, both at fitting the tune and scanning well. "I'm a little school bus / waiting by the walk. / Boys and girls climb on, / sit and laugh and talk." Kolar's digital illustrations are cartoon-bright, the people are nicely diverse, and there's not a grumpy face to be found. Oddly, the creators choose not to focus on a single day; the illustrations go from skirt- and shorts-clad children to a snow day and back to T-shirts in just three spreads. There's not much on bus safety (save lining up to get on and don't put your hands out the windows), and the pictures never show the inside of the bus.While it's cute and will help to complete vehicle lovers' collections, this package doesn't do much to address school fears or preparedness in the preschool audience it appears to be aimed at. (Picture book. 3-5)
School Library Journal
PreS—Through a simple rhyming text, a little school bus details a typical day of work, beginning with driver Bob climbing on board with a cup of coffee at 5:00 a.m. and ending with a tune-up and scrub down at the maintenance garage. In between, it drives through town, "bouncing, turning, thumping,/always on the go," to pick up a variety of smiling children, including Kate, who uses a wheelchair. The text lends itself well to reading aloud, and the blocky digital illustrations are bright and clear. This book will be a big hit with vehicle-loving preschoolers and is also an excellent selection to use with groups preparing to start kindergarten. A must-have for general purchase, especially in collections in which Cuyler's The Little Dump Truck (Holt, 2009) is already a favorite.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805094350
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 296,836
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler is the author of many popular books for young readers, including the That’s Good! That’s Bad! series and From Here to There. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


Bob Kolar has written and illustrated several picture books, including AlphaOops, Racer Dogs, and Hello, Fire Truck. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with his family.

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