Cover image for The seals on the bus
Title:
The seals on the bus
Author:
Hort, Lenny.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Different aniamls--including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more--make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 62801.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 31306 Guided reading level: F.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780805059526
Format :
Book

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Summary

This hilarious new version of the beloved children's song "The Wheels on the Bus" will have young readers errping and roaring and honking along.

"The seals on the bus go "errp, errp, errp"
All through the town."

Two children and their parents board a city bus on their way to a party. At the next stop, who should get on but a group of seals, who holler "errp, errp, errp" at the top of their lungs. Each time the bus stops a new kind of animal joins the passengers and adds to the din, to the children's delight and the parents' annoyance. But when several hissing skunks want to come aboard, even the children cry "help! help! help!"


Author Notes

Lenny Hort is a noted bus rider and the author of such books as How Many Stars in the Sky (a Reading Rainbow review selection) and Tie Your Socks and Clap Your Feet, a collection of his own mixed-up poems. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Laaren Brown, and their daughters, Sophie, Irene, and Phoebe.

G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Cinder-Elly, Good Knight, My Crayons Talk, and Truman's Aunt Farm. Mr. Karas has also written several books, including The Windy Day. He lives with his family in upstate New York.


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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Children old enough to know the song "The Wheels on the Bus" will enjoy Hort's parody featuring a series of wild animals who, improbably, find their way onto a city bus. Two children and their parents board a bus driven by a tiger. As they ride along, they observe the mounting frenzy as the bus gradually fills with groups of seals, geese, rabbits, monkeys, vipers, sheep, and skunks, each making an appropriate sound or motion. Soon after the "skunks on the bus go sssss, sssss, sssss," the "people on the bus go HELP, HELP, HELP!" and it's time for everyone to disembark for the party at the end of the line. Karas' artwork combines cut paper, gouache, acrylic, and pencil to create a series of pleasingly varied scenes of cheerful chaos. A good story hour choice, this picture book needs only one thing: a group of children to sing along. A witty new version of an old favorite. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this send-up of the traditional activity song, an unsuspecting family of four is joined by seven successive sets of animals (seals, geese, rabbits, monkeys, vipers, sheep, and skunks) on their bus ride to a local fair. So instead of swishing with the wipers or beeping with the horn, children "hiss" with the vipers and "honk" with the geese, and the bus driver, who happens to be a tiger, goes "ROAR, ROAR, ROAR." Karas's mixed-media cartoon collages wonderfully convey Hort's hyperbole. Kids will love adding these zoological lyrics to the ever-expanding onomatopoeia of "The Wheels on the Bus."-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.