The Mommies on the Bus

The Mommies on the Bus
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Release Date
March 12, 2024
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Set to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus,” this sweet and funny board book shows how mommies keep their kids entertained on the bus!

While a child might only think of how a bus’s wheels go round and round, round and round, round and round, mommies know to be prepared with “snacks, snacks, snacks.” And she’ll have to remind her child “here’s our stop, here’s our stop, here’s our stop!”

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The Mommies on the bus say "Turn the page"!
(Updated: May 06, 2024)
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This board book puts a new spin on the traditonal "Wheels on the Bus" song by involving a wide variety of mothers who are on the bus with their young charges. These mothers have gentle reminders to hold their hands, sit down, and say thank you, and even have snacks and say I love you. The phrases are all repeated so that this could be sung to the tune of the song if the reader is so inclined.

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O'Callaghan's illustrations capture the the interactions of several different mother and children combinations, so that young readers will be able to find characters that look like they do. There are even some very cute pets!) and show lots of activity. The colors are bright and fun, with lots of blue bus seats as background for the pinks, teals, and yellows. There are plenty of details that young readers can be asked to find such as what snacks are on the bus, what is the weather like, or what sorts of things are the people carrying.

While "Mommies on the bus say 'Stop that now'" has a better rhythm than some of the lines used, this book is a more positive look at parent child interactions. There are a huge number of picture book variations on this song, including Albee and Ewers The Monsters on the Bus (Sesame Street), Mills and Mantle's The Spooky Wheels on the Bus, Charman and Sharratt's The Whales on the Bus, Hort and Karas' The Seals on the Bus, Sindelar's The Cows on the Bus, Mantle and Ardagh's The Bunnies on the Bus, and even a Deans' Pete the Cat version, but this short, sturdy book is perfect for putting in a bag and taking along on a bus ride, as long as it's keep away from the bananas and bottles!
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