BUS ROUTE TO BOSTON by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

BUS ROUTE TO BOSTON

Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Transporting us back to a time when cars had fins, eyeglasses had points, and women wore high heels to go shopping,

Cocca-Leffler (Mr. Tanen’s Ties, 1998) has crafted a perfectly simple and engaging story out of a day spent shopping.

The narrator lives on a street that’s on the bus route to the big city of Boston, and all the neighborhood kids get to know

Bill the bus driver. One Saturday, Mom and her two daughters take Bill’s bus to Filene’s Basement, where they hunt for

bargains and cap the day with ice cream. Another Saturday, Bill takes them to the Italian North End, where they visit the butcher

and the baker and vegetable stands, ending with delicious cannoli, which they eat on the bus ride home. The last cannoli always

goes to Bill, who calls the trio his "cannoli girls." The acrylic-on-gesso illustrations fill the pages to their edges with cheerful

cityscapes, figures, and architecture alike, rendered in bright, affectionate hues. Warm, winning, and as satisfying as licking

cannoli cream off your fingers. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-56397-723-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2000




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