PreS-K-It is Molly's first day of kindergarten and she is worried about riding the bus with all the big kids. Mom reassures her and sends her off with her bear and a hug, but she drops the stuffed toy before she finds an empty seat. After a few tosses in the air, it ends up in the lost-and-found box, where it is rescued by one of the older children and returned to Molly. Illustrated rules for riding the bus and a page that labels the driver's section conclude the book. Brillhart's story is a little different from the usual "first day of kindergarten" offerings, since it ends at the front door before classes begin. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations clearly show Molly's feelings and the ethnic diversity of the school. However, they are very busy, including extraneous details, and the text is sometimes on top of the color, making it difficult to read. In addition, the text is a bit long for preschool listeners.-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
A maiden voyage on the school bus and all its attendant worries are the focus of this sympathetic tale. The bus ride to her first day of school has kindergartner Molly in a tizzy of apprehension. Concerns about sitting with the big kids loom large for the little girl. Comforted by the presence of her faithful teddy, Willy, Molly resolutely boards the bus. However, when she discovers Willy missing from her backpack, Molly is reluctant to ask the other riders for help. A friendly fourth-grader named Ruby comes to Willy's—and Molly's—rescue. Brillhart (When Daddy Took Us Camping, not reviewed, etc.) tells the tale from Molly's perspective, neatly tapping into a young child's anxiety over this momentous milestone. Through Molly's experience, readers learn what to expect on the big yellow vehicle. Included at the end is a labeled diagram of the bus console as well as ten sensible safety instructions for young riders. The brightly colored illustrations are heavily detailed, with plenty of activity within the pictures for curious readers to pore over. A reassuring tale perfect for introducing the concept of riding the bus before the big day arrives. (Picture book. 4-8)