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School Bus Paperback – August 26, 1993

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A bright yellow school bus is evocative of exuberant kids, gleefully launched spitwads, kind bus drivers, and of course school itself. In Donald Crews's School Bus--written "for the buses, the riders, and the watchers"--preschoolers caught up in the whole school-bus mystique can follow the path of a school bus on its daily travels--minus the aforementioned shenanigans. Crews sticks with the basics, including only a few words per page, such as "Full buses head for school" and "Here we are." Adults reading aloud to children will be able to fill in the blanks and let kids make up their own stories within the framework of this book. Crews, creator of the Caldecott Honor book Freight Train, Parade, and the sturdy, board-book edition of Truck has proven himself to be an expert at conveying basic concepts to youngsters, and this book is no exception! (Baby to Preschool) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.


Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.



Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.


Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 250 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reissue edition (August 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688122671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688122676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Okay, there's always one in the bunch that runs contrary, and I guess, in this case, it's us .

My just turned 3 year-old son and 5 year-old daughter could care less about this book. It was on my entering-kindergarteners Summer Reading List and I suppose they thought that kids would be fascinated by the concept of riding a bus to school... but mine weren't. Probably because there was no plot and little of interest other than the nice pictures of yellow buses.

Text follows, which may or may not help you decide if this book is a good choice for your home shelves:

"Yellow school buses

large and small.

Empty yellow buses cross the town.

Stop.

Go.

Going this way. Going that way.

Here it comes.

See you later.

Full Buses head for school.

Here we are.

Right on time.

Empty buses wait.

School's over.

Full buses cross the town.

Home again.

Home again."

Two Stars. Unrelenting parade of the standard yellow school bus. Nice art, but no story.
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By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a favorite of my preschoolers. The simple text is a great tool for teaching concepts including opposites. We would count the schoolbuses on the first page and discuss other concepts on every page. Children at this age love to read themselves(whether they recognize the words or not)and the simple text in Schoolbus allows them to read the book with ease. For children who ride a bus or may soon ride a bus, it becomes a personal story about their experience. I am purchasing it for my one year old along with several of Crews other books.
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Format: Paperback
School buses are very bright, distinctive, and sometimes mysterious things to a toddler. In the story, we see what "a day in the life of a bus" is like. Buses have homes. People have homes. Buses stop. People stop. It's a wondeful analogy that she understands.
Donald Crews' books are favorites around the house because of their very colorful pictures and simple text. Also recommended: Freight Train, Parade.
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My daughter is all of the sudden all about school buses. This book is great. Story about getting on the bus, going to school, buses wait, schools done, ride the bus home. Simple, colorful and informative. Perfect for a 2 year old little girl who is in love with buses.
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I love the simplicity of this book. My son loves school buses. My only regret was not purchasing the board book or hard cover. The paperback is very flimsy and bends easily even through careful adult use. The paperback is certainly not good for children.
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I agree with another contrary review that I noticed when I came to write this: there is no plot. It is tough to get plot in a book suitable for 4-8 year olds, I know, but I have seen such better efforts than this.

But here's the main reason I came to review this book... To warn everyone that the font that was selected is horrendous. It hurts my eyes to look at it. I am being serious and literal when I say it caused my eyes pain. I am not a font guy, so I can't tell you what kerning mistakes were made, I can just tell you that this font is designed to injure you. I would've felt more comfortable reading this book in comic sans.
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The reviews warned me about this, but my grandsons are so fascinated with busses, I thought that I could make up a story to go with it... sigh. If only there was a little drama going on....Oh well, I needed to sit down and actually write a little story to go with it!!! It is just so boring although the pictures are great!!!
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Need to send your 2- or 3-year old to school on a big yellow bus? Get this book. It is not for the pre-kindergardeners (though it appears on lots of pre-K summer reading lists), but its simplicity and basic language concepts ("cross the town", stop/go, arriving and departing, etc) are perfect for kids just learning language or having trouble with language acquisition. Its also a great way to get your young child used to the idea of buses.
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