A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham

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Could a broken-down bus really bring a whole city neighborhood together? Could it all start with a small girl named Stella?

One morning in front of Stella’s house, an abandoned bus appears, looking sad as a whale on a beach. On its front, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign that says Heaven. Right away, the bus brings change to Stella’s street when people stop to talk about it instead of rushing by. And as Stella looks past all the empty bottles and cans inside, as she sees the sparrows nesting in the engine, she changes, too. "This bus could be ours," she declares. With a master’s eye for finding the magic in the mundane, Bob Graham creates an encouraging story about community — a whimsical tale about neighbors of all ages and stripes coming together, and about one little girl who comes into her own.

About Bob Graham

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Bob Graham is the author-illustrator of many award-winning books for children, including How to Heal a Broken Wing and April and Esme, Tooth Fairies. He lives in Australia. "I left those people on the last page of Heaven knowing that there is still rust under that new paint job, but if the developers stay away from the vacant lot, the bus has surely reached a happy destination. There is a kettle inside, a row of mugs on cup hooks, and quite often a cake from Mrs. Stavros. Hopefully for years to come it will be a happy refuge for people, baby birds, and snails." — Bob Graham
Published February 1, 2012 by Walker & Company. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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A city neighborhood takes shape around an abandoned school bus as Jell-O takes to a mold, in Graham’s tickling, gladdening tale.

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Publishers Weekly

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An abandoned, broken-down bus—destination “Heaven”—unites a community and inspires Stella, the heroine of Graham’s (April and Esme: Tooth Fairies) uplifting story.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Community means many different things to people: to some it offers a place where individuals can pool their talents to serve the common good;

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“The bus brought change to Stella’s street…Stella changed, too.” It’s quiet, pale Stella who takes her thumb out of her mouth and steps onto the bus that has been abandoned outside her house, claiming it for the whole neighborhood.

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Bob Graham’s signature illustrations are enough to purchase any book of his, his attention to detail, his quirky characters, his love of children and animals – all these add to a simple enchanting story.

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