The Little School Bus
The Little School Bus
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Annotation: A happy little school bus and Driver Bob wake up early to pick up children, drop them off at school, then head to the garage for some minor repairs.
Catalog Number: #83521
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Kolar, Bob,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-9435-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-9435-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013044353
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
With back-to-school days looming, the team behind The Little Dump Truck (2009) present this relentlessly cheery offering about an anthropomorphized school bus. Along with Driver Bob, the little school bus wakes up at five a.m., collects children around town, has a day off for snow, and gets a tune-up. Most important, the little school bus is a satisfied worker: "I love my job ORAY!" It's a colorful neighborhood through which Driver Bob and the little school bus travel before delivering a diverse group of students to Friends School, where a principal (who looks a bit like Elvis) greets them at the door. The story is full of verbs mbling, shifting, clunking, waking, bouncing, braking, picking up, dropping off l of which emphasize contented busyness. There is a Fisher-Price aesthetic to Kolar's digital illustrations, utilizing solid primary colors and squarely rounded figures against clean white space. Children preparing to ride a bus for the first time will be reassured to see so many happy people involved in the process.
Horn Book
I'm a little school bus, / my driver's name is Bob. / Rumbling, shifting, clunking, / we like to do our job.
School Library Journal
PreS&12; 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.&12; Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
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Word Count: 217
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 177809 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD440L

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! Christy Ottaviano Books

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