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*Mr. Walrus and the Old School Bus* by Patricia Derrick
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Mr. Walrus and the Old School Bus
by Patricia Derrick
Grades 1-2 32 pages Animalations August 2007 Hardcover    

Mr. Walrus is driving his friends in a yellow school bus. The friends continually remind their driver of the time and that they have a date for which they cannot be late. The school bus makes a stop at the zoo, where they can see alligators, bears and monkeys. Mr. Walrus stops the bus at the ice cream store and the doggie groomer’s shop. Each stop prompts the riders to remind Mr. Walrus of the time and the fact that they cannot be late.

This is a delightful story, and the bright colors will remind readers of the best in children’s books. Each of the animals is drawn with traditional characteristics but dressed in people clothes. A clock appears on most pages. The text is presented in a rhythm and rhyming pattern that will appeal to young readers.

A copy of the text, presented in musical score, is given at the end of the book. There is also a CD included which presents the musical score. In addition, the author has included a page of Teacher/Parent activities based on the story that will teach skills such as mapping, telling time and storytelling. There is also extra information about the walrus accompanied by a photo of a living walrus.

This is a delightful book to share with young readers. The rhyme, rhythm and repetition will make it a favorite to be read again and again.

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