Reviews for Seals on the Bus


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 April 2000
Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, one of the top facilities of its kind in the nation, has joined with Peachtree Publishers to create the Learning Book series, which explains the needs of kids with disablities. Here, Madison, who was born without a left hand, takes readers through the process of being fitted for her prosthesis. Although the first-person voice is young, it's not really young enough to match the pictures of Madison, who appears to be a toddler. Despite that, this is extremely informative, and children will have no problem understanding how the myo-electric hand starts out as a plaster cast, how it is fitted and refitted, and how an occupational therapist teaches Madison to work the battery and use her new hand. The artwork--photographs mixed with hand-drawn images and computer-generated backgrounds--is exceedingly eye-catching, and when it comes to the actual process of making the prosthesis, the book uses very clear, step-by-step, easy-to-follow ink drawings. An attractive, informative offering. ((Reviewed April 1, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall
""The seals on the bus go / errp, errp, errp, / All around the town."" The animals have taken over a favorite preschool song in this wild bus ride. The mayhem rises as a different animal boards at each stop--geese, monkeys, rabbits, and a scowling though hardly fearsome tiger driver. The match-up of text and art is completely successful, with the silly but symmetrical variant of the song playing it straight to Karas's haywire illustrations. Don't miss the ride. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2000 #3
"The seals on the bus go / errp, errp, errp, / All around the town." What happened to the wheels? Clearly, the animals have taken over a favorite preschool song in this wild bus ride. The mayhem rises as a different animal boards at each stop-the geese go "honk, honk, honk"; the monkeys go "eeeeh, eeeeh, eeeeh"; the rabbits, naturally, go "up and down." A scowling though hardly fearsome tiger driver attempts to restore order with a "roar, roar, roar"-but without success. Completely successful is the match-up of text and art, with the silly but symmetrical variant of the song playing it straight to Karas's haywire illustrations. An open invitation to the "Big Party" posted right on the bus stop sign is apparently all-species inclusive, and the interaction between animal and human passengers (two children and two adults) is pure jubilation. The children "errp" with the seals and "roar" along with both tiger and parents. Most merry are the round woolly balls that Karas presents as sheep; the children, only one-third their size, attach themselves to these giant pillows with total contentment. The arrival of the skunks ("sssss, sssss, sssss") has all the other passengers gasping at the windows-"and the people on the bus go 'help, help, help!'" as they spill out the door at their final destination. Party hats, pizza, and popcorn promise even more fun to come, but the real celebration here begins the moment the book is opened. Don't miss the ride. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 May
PreS-Gr 2-In this send-up of the traditional activity song, an unsuspecting family of four is joined by seven successive sets of animals (seals, geese, rabbits, monkeys, vipers, sheep, and skunks) on their bus ride to a local fair. So instead of swishing with the wipers or beeping with the horn, children "hiss" with the vipers and "honk" with the geese, and the bus driver, who happens to be a tiger, goes "ROAR, ROAR, ROAR." Karas's mixed-media cartoon collages wonderfully convey Hort's hyperbole. Kids will love adding these zoological lyrics to the ever-expanding onomatopoeia of "The Wheels on the Bus."-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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