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School Bus Paperback – August 26, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • 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 (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.

About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Nice bright pictures.
Claudine
A must have for boys who love buses.
Lori A. Bittenbender
He loved it and reads it every day!
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By aa-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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Carson on June 22, 2000
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Guyton on May 11, 2006
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tina Sparkles on November 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Okay, this book has the lamest plot ever, and the words are really simple, but my son LOVES it. I bought the paperback version for 25 cents at a garage sale, and it's easily the most popular book on the shelf. My son usually makes me read it 3 or 4 times in a sitting before he's finally satisfied. I guess the author knew what he was doing when he wrote it. If I had to do over again, I'd buy the board book version instead, just for the sturdiness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Corwin on March 13, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
whenever i take my boy to the local book store, he runs to this book and sits on my laps so we can read it together.
he sees a dozen of school buses whenever we go out for a walk. when he read this book for the first time, he seemed fascinated to find out where these buses were going.
he's very interested in traffic lights, so he gets all excited when we get to "Stop" and "Go" pages. he points and babbles!
the book shows people lining up for the bus and the scene; i use it as a reference when we go to a toddlers' program and it helps him wait in line for his turn.
the book also has a scene parents picking up kids; my boy gives me a hug as he points at the mommy and the boy hugging in the book.
there are not many words on each page, but there's so much to talk about on each page with my little one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Nice on July 26, 2006
Format: Board book
My two year old son is fascinated with the school busses that pass by the house every day. This book has become one of his favorites. The words are simple enough that he can "read" the pages to himself. Concepts such as stop and go, and big and little are also found in the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are very bright and crisp and include every day scenes from any town with a school. The sentences are simple and this peek at "a day in the life of a school bus" probably clears up a lot of questions for any child who wonders where those big buses are headed!
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