FICTION

It’s a Field Trip, Busy Bus!

Beach Lane S. & S./. (Busy Bus). Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534440814.
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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

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