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MAISY DRIVES THE BUS

Author: Lucy Cousins

Illustrator: Lucy Cousins

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2000

Material: paperback

Summary: Today Maisy is driving the bus around town. Along the way, she picks up each of her friends at their stops. This is a picture book for young readers, with potential as a storybook for early readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Started reading at 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He is a big Eddie fan, so we can never read fast enough to get to Stop Number Four. This is one that s/he picks off the shelf to read independently.

Adult Reader Reaction: Of the Maisy books in our collection, this one is probably the most tedious to read.

Pros: The book is short. Luckily, it doesn't take too many readings of a Maisy book before a toddler/preschooler can "read" the story on their own.

Cons: This is a paperback, with glossy paper. The binding will take a beating in short order with lots of toddler-controlled readings.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. Even if your child is a Maisy fan, there are better stories in the collection.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MAISY MAKES LEMONADE   WINNIE THE POOH & HIS FRIENDS (SET OF 4 BOARD BOOKS: Roo's Big Adventure, Blackberry Surprise, A Reel Fishy Story, Nightime Mystery )   ARE YOU MY MOTHER?

Educational Themes: There isn't much of a plot, but there is still material to work with. The bus-stops and passengers allow for counting. You can also make the story interactive by asking questions.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2004

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