Carol Roth was born in New York City. A former kindergarten teacher, she now lives in New City, New York, and writes full-time. Her books for North-South include Little Bunny's Sleepless Night and Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs. Pamela Paparone has lived in many places, both in the United States and abroad. She currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and their two cats. Her previous books for North-South include a collaboration with Carol Roth, Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs, as well as Five Little Ducks and Ten Dogs in the Window.
PreS-Gr 1-With a frog as the driver, a variety of animals trickles onto a school bus. First, "a little goat/wearing his new winter coat" appears; then, "A pig in a wig" gets on, and others follow until, finally, "a sleepy sheep" climbs aboard. At the end of the day, they return in reverse order for the ride home. Paparone's colorful, detailed illustrations, a bit murky in places, are laid out on double-page spreads, providing lots for little ones to marvel at, both on the bus and off. The vehicle weaves through suburban neighborhoods and into the city as animal residents carry out their daily chores. Children will shout out the identity of the animals as the rhyming text describes them, and then happily chime in on the repetitious refrain after each animal climbs onboard: "riding the bus to school, to school,/riding the bus to school." Great for preschool storytime, a back-to-school read-aloud, or just a fun story about animals.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.