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"The wheels on the bus go round and round.... All over town." This traditional song, a favorite of children
everywhere, is adapted and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, winner of the Caldecott Medal for his lush version of
Rapunzel ( /exec/obidos/ASIN/0525456074/%24%7B0%7D ), and Caldecott honors for Rumpelstiltskin (
/exec/obidos/ASIN/0140558640/%24%7B0%7D ), Hansel and Gretel ( /exec/obidos/ASIN/0525461523/%24%7B0%7D ), and Swamp
Angel ( /exec/obidos/ASIN/0140559086/%24%7B0%7D ). Fantastic paper engineering with movable parts, flaps, and wheels
that spin makes this an interactive book that young readers will love to pieces (maybe literally!). Pull one tab to make
the "wipers on the bus go swish swish swish," and another to see the "babies on the bus cry Waah! Waah! Waah!" On closer
inspection, children will be tickled to discover several subtle and humorous subplots, as well as a full-circle finale:
the last stop on the bus is at the Overtown public library, where the day's program includes a folk singer. Guess what
Zelinsky's warm, inviting illustrations are a perfect match for this classic play rhyme. Children who have learned the
hand motions to the song will enjoy helping the characters in the book enact their own roles. The back cover includes
the musical notation for "The Wheels on the Bus," so everyone can sing along. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
In an ingeniously designed, deftly executed lift-the-flap (and pull-the-tab) book, Zelinsky elaborates on
the well-known and much-loved children's song. Not only do its wheels go round and round, but the bus here also has
doors that open and shut, windshield wipers that move back and forth, and so on. The text consists of the lyrics of the
song itself, but Zelinsky has neatly inserted a number of visual subplots that flesh out the story--one involving a boy
with a boxful of adventurous kittens, another a motorcyclist and her runaway puppy, a third a young man with a guitar.
The music and refrain are included on the back cover, and those unfamiliar with the song may well want to bone up in
order to sing the book's praises to the most appropriate tune. Ages 2-8.
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