The Wheels on the Bus: An Adaptation of the Traditional Song

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Everybody knows this old favorite. Now author/illustrator Maryann Kovalski breathes new life into the verses with a clever picture book. Beginning and ending with the downtown adventures of three appealing characters -- Grandma, Jenny and Joanna -- the book also includes the musical notation for "The Wheels on the Bus" and the lyrics for nine verses. Kovalski's funny illustrations recapture a crowded and lively double-decker bus ride from Grandma's childhood, making this a book that will have readers laughing and...
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Overview

Everybody knows this old favorite. Now author/illustrator Maryann Kovalski breathes new life into the verses with a clever picture book. Beginning and ending with the downtown adventures of three appealing characters -- Grandma, Jenny and Joanna -- the book also includes the musical notation for "The Wheels on the Bus" and the lyrics for nine verses. Kovalski's funny illustrations recapture a crowded and lively double-decker bus ride from Grandma's childhood, making this a book that will have readers laughing and singing at the same time.

While a grandmother and grandchildren wait for the bus, they sing the title song with such gusto they miss their bus.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW found this adaptation of the traditional song ``a top choice for the preschool set.'' Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 The essence of the traditional children's song is aptly captured in this picture book adaptation that retains the exuberance and rollicking action of the song. Kovalski builds a humorous original story around the traditional verse. A long wait at the bus stop precipitates a suggestion from a grandmother that she and her two grandchildren pass the time by singing ``The Wheels on the Bus.'' When grandma and the girls get carried away with their song, missing their bus, ever-resourceful grandma hails a cab. Kovalski expertly conveys the spirit with which people sing this song; indeed, this grandmother and these children become so involved that bus scenes are vividly recreated in their minds and on the pages of this book. The action of the song is followed through in detail, flowing from page to page with a cast of assorted characters depicted in watercolor with pencil illustrations. Musical notation accompanies the first verse. Good fun for young children and parents. Susan Nemeth McCarthy, Arlington County Public Library, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780921103929
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 615,383
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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