Monday, June 30, 2008

The Bus Stop by Janet Morgan Stoeke

If you have a young child who will be riding the bus to school for the first time this fall, please read this book to them. The Bus Stop is a simple story about different children all having their first experience riding the bus. They each bring something from home to take to school. This is common, as familiar things bring comfort to children who are doing something for the first time. Stoeke's well written text is in rhyme: "Miranda Cook has a library book . . . " The illustrations show the children walking to school with a parent (Thank you, Janet, for including a dad!). I like that Stoeke included the bus driver. She has a verse all to herself: "Mrs. Simpson-Russ got a brand-new bus." In the end, the bus, which took them all away from home to school, brings them back again, safe and sound.

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