Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall

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Red bus.
Red car, red bus.
Yellow car, red car, red bus.

This beautifully simple picture book introduces the concept of patterns and sequencing to the youngest child. With an ever-growing traffic queue and entertaining background storylines, this highly original book provides plenty to amuse young readers while also being very suitable for early years education. It could be used to introduce topics of patterns, colour and vehicles.
Susan Steggall is developing a name as an inventive and original author and illustrator. Her use of collage and colourful artwork is both distinctive and appealing. Rattle and Rap was praised and selected for Kirkus Reviews Best Books and shortlisted for Southampton's Favourite Book to Share 2009.
The very simple, repetitive text in this book makes it suitable for the youngest child, while the subtly developed back story will encourage young readers to go back and look at it again and again.

About Susan Steggall

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Having initially trained as a graphic designer, Susan Steggall became a primary school teacher and taught young children for several years. After having her own two boys, she began work in a school library where she enjoyed finding out about new authors and illustrators and selecting beautiful new books for the shelves. As her boys grew up, she started making all sorts of pictures for them of the cars, trucks and trains they found so fascinating. After lots of experiments, the idea of using torn coloured and textured paper evolved. Steggall lives in the New Forest in Hampshire. She makes the collages for her picture books in a wooden workshop in the garden, listening to her favourite music and drinking extraordinary amounts of tea.
Published June 26, 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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A mother and son run to catch the bus, a teddy bear is lost, the mother stops to catch her breath, a driver finds the toy, and a ride is given.

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A car and a bus traveling through the outskirts of town (“Red car, red bus”) are joined by more vehicles as they approach the shopping district (“Orange van, yellow van, yellow car, red car, red bus”);

Sep 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Red Car, Red Bus

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