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The Wheels on the Bus: An Adaptation of the Traditional Song

Kovalski, Maryann (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 1990. 32 pages
First published: 1987
ISBN: 9780921103929 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This short, comical book offers a new take on the classic childhood song, “The Wheels on the Bus.” A grandmother takes her two granddaughters into town on a stormy winter day to buy them new winter coats. When they head to the bus stop to go home, they discover a long queue of people waiting and decide to sing the famous song to help pass the time. Hilarity ensues when they imagine the bus in the song, conjuring up a big double-decker vehicle from their grandmother’s youth in England. The bus’ passengers sway this way and that as the bus swerves along its route.

The first verse of the song is presented with sheet music, emphasizing how lyrics and music come together. The words in the text reflect the sounds of the bus as well as the busy activity happening inside. The snappy verses and repetition of words make for an excellent read-aloud. Pencil and watercolour illustrations bring to life Britain in the early 20th century and express the joyful moments the girls are having with their grandmother. Readers will surely recall favourite times they have had with their own grandparents.

This exuberant adventure aptly demonstrates the power of imagination.

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    Join in as the teacher reads the text aloud.

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    Use a graphic organizer to divide the words into adjectives and animal names. Put the two lists into alphabetical order.

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    Create your own adaptation of the song. Choose a new setting, vehicle and cast of characters.

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    Join in the song with the teacher using appropriate actions.

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    Create two sets of cards: the animal names and their pictures. Play a matching game with them.

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    With the group, create a new version of the song, using different characters and setting.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Music