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The Little School Bus Paperback – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073581905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735819054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

For the team behind Ten Dirty Pigs, Ten Clean Pigs, a bright yellow school bus becomes the perfect vehicle for a catchy cumulative rhyme and a quirky cast of animal characters. With a natty green-scaled fellow behind the wheel, the bus travels through the rolling countryside and into the bustling, candy-colored town, picking up passengers who eventually include "a squirmy worm, a hairy bear, a quick, quick chick, a fox with socks, a pig in a wig, a goat in a coat, riding the bus to school, to school, riding the bus to school." Roth's singsong rhymes and refrain bounce with the rhythm of the ride and bring to mind a timeless schoolyard chant. Paparone adds comic spice to her radiant, illustrations with witty details that convey various subplots of her own: on the bus, the bespectacled chick works on a laptop while the rapscallion fox vamps in the wig he's pinched from the sleeping, glamour-puss pig; in the city, a cat works as a fishmonger and a bug zooms by the bus on a scooter. The classroom scene sets in motion the pairings to come on the ride home. Thanks to this well-matched duo, this is buoyant fun from pickup to drop-off. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-With a frog as the driver, a variety of animals trickles onto a school bus. First, "a little goat/wearing his new winter coat" appears; then, "A pig in a wig" gets on, and others follow until, finally, "a sleepy sheep" climbs aboard. At the end of the day, they return in reverse order for the ride home. Paparone's colorful, detailed illustrations, a bit murky in places, are laid out on double-page spreads, providing lots for little ones to marvel at, both on the bus and off. The vehicle weaves through suburban neighborhoods and into the city as animal residents carry out their daily chores. Children will shout out the identity of the animals as the rhyming text describes them, and then happily chime in on the repetitious refrain after each animal climbs onboard: "riding the bus to school, to school,/riding the bus to school." Great for preschool storytime, a back-to-school read-aloud, or just a fun story about animals.
Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Carol Roth is the author of ten children's books. Her books have won a Children's Choice Book Award, a Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, and a Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award for outstanding achievement in children's books. A former kindergarten teacher, Carol enjoys writing and teaching English as a literacy volunteer. She currently lives in NJ.

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My 2 year old loves this book!
Reading Mom
I purchased this book because it was being used as a learning tool in my daughters kindergarten class.
Jersey Mom
The story is very easy to read and follow and has lots of rhyming words.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara on November 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My son -- then just over a year old -- loved the library's copy of "The Little School Bus" to death, and we had to buy it (taped-up pages and all). The text has a wonderful cadence -- lots of repeating -- and fun, colorful characters. The art is witty, and a pleasure to look at (for parents), with lots of "I Spy" details to keep the child's attention through repeated (and repeated and repeated) readings. I'm surprised that I'm the first to recommend this book. It's a gem! (We now search out books with art by Pamela Paparone!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By enamel_pearl on May 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book at a booksale. I fell in love with it the moment I layed eyes on it. The storyline is really adorable. It reminds me well of "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood. My 21 month old son is so excited to see this book. He always look forward for storytime. The illustrations are very bold and artistically done. Very colorful and lively. Kids of all ages will surely love this. This is a keepsake. I have a paperback copy and I'm getting a hardcover copy as a back-up in case it gets worn out of daily repeated readings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Stevens on July 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book! My sons (age 3) love it...from the sing-song rhyming text to the wonderfully detailed illustrations. They find something new in the pictures every time we read the book. The predictable text also lets them "read" the story to me. This book is a must for any home library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angela W on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
My 2 year old is fascinated with school buses. He spots them on the road when we are out and about and so I got him this book. It was an instant hit. The illustrations are wonderful- very full of detail and he loves to name all the things in the pictures. The prose is a delight to read to him, almost like a little song. So cute! We both love it. I would prefer it to be in a board book format for his age, but he loves it nonetheless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary S. Albert on January 3, 2007
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I teach elementary English as a Second Language students. This book is perfect for a read aloud. It has a lot of vocabulary and they can join in on the parts that repeat. We loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Mom on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
My 2 year old loves this book! We've read it every day for weeks on end, taken a break for other books and come right back to it. She loves looking at the illustrations too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SGBaker on October 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent teaching tool for the grand-daughter. Helped follow along at home what her Kindergarden class teacher is using to teach them.
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My son is three and he has just recently gotten into books, he was never interested before now. But he loves to be read to now and this book is one of his favorites and he loves to read this one over and over. He has always loved school buses and when we go out, he points every single one out to us. :) I knew this book would be a hit. This book is really good and it keeps my son's attention. This book is sort of like green eggs and ham in the way it is written. The illustrations are cute too. I would definately recommend this book!!!
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