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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
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.
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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