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Bus Route to Boston

Bus Route to Boston

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Illustrator: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
ISBN: 1-56397-723-0
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Most young listeners will be sympathetic to the excitement felt by two small sisters when the bus that goes "all the way into Boston" passes down their suburban street. Buses and trains are almost magical conveyances to children, offering them transport into the wider world beyond their doorsteps. The author-illustrator captures the look and feel of a suburb (with city skyscrapers beckoning in the distance), and the excitement of shopping in Filene's Basement (the original one) and then eating "a big ice cream sundae" at Bailey's (only Bostonians will realize how much of a nostalgia trip this is, since Bailey's has been gone for more than a decade). It is hard to predict how much resonance shopping in Boston's North End, or buying vegetables and fruit at the Haymarket will have for children living elsewhere, but the pleasure of riding a public conveyance to a new and exotic destination is nicely captured in this low-key text with evocative pictures.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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