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It's a Field Trip, Busy Bus!
Contributor(s): Shaffer, Jody Jensen, Messer, Claire (Illustrator)
ISBN: 153444081X     ISBN-13: 9781534440814
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: September 2019
This item will not ship until after its street date of September 3, 2019
Annotation: A warmhearted sequel to It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! finds Busy Bus taking his school children friends on a field trip to a firehouse, where he begins to doubt himself in the face of a shiny, impressive red firetruck. 25,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: E
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Busy Bus
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x " 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 August)

PreS-K—In this sequel to It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus!, a helpful vehicle is excited to be taking students on his first field trip to the fire station. The children meet the captain of the fire station, and he introduces them to shiny, red Engine 4, a "fire-fighting beast!" that saves lives with special hoses, a ladder, and a siren. Busy Bus begins to feel insignificant compared to such a wonderful Engine, and his pleasure in the field trip begins to dwindle. Busy Bus feels small and insignificant. Luckily, the captain soon points out to the children that Engine 4 cannot transport children safely, something that Busy Bus can do. Young children will enjoy this story. The anthropomorphic Busy Bus is gentle and kind, and the simple text shows clearly what makes fire engines and school buses special to children. Plus, it gently reinforces that focusing on one's talents is far preferable to being jealous of the capabilities of others. There are very few words on each page, and the use of some repetition will be appealing to preschoolers learning to read: "Engine 4 is red. Engine 4 is shiny. Engine 4 is huge." VERDICT Many preschool classrooms have a unit of community helpers, and this satisfying story will be perfect for such a unit.—Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA

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