THE BRIDGE IS UP! by Babs Bell


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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This enthusiastic read begins, “The Bridge is up! The bus can’t go, so everyone has to wait.” Following the bus and joining the queue come various modes of transport, from a bike to a bulldozer. Each vehicle is tacked on to the end of the refrain, building repetition. When the bridge finally descends, everything is repeated again, only this time, the bus can go! Hefferan’s illustrations have cottony edges with an oil-base crayon vibrancy to the colors. The drivers and passengers, animals all, are expressive and charming. The font is expansive and jaunty, part and parcel with the artwork. Slightly bothersome, though, are the perspectives. Throughout the story the automobiles shift, inexplicably, from forming a line to sitting side by side. However, children will enjoy identifying the vehicles and watching the bicycle-riding monkey wander about before joining the motorcyclist. Whether to a crowd of one or many, this read-aloud is sure to be a pleaser. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-053793-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2004