Off to Market

Off to Market

Book - 2013
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Everyone crowds into the market bus to go to market, but with the bus weighed down with so many people, animals, and objects it might not be able to get there.
Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781847803382
Branch Call Number: E DAL
Characteristics: 28 col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Pal, Erika - Illustrator


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Dec 16, 2014

It is market day in Uganda, Africa. The bus comes along the route picking up people as well as their many items--bananas, eggs,baskets, geese, and goats. They all cram into every available inch including on top. At the hill, the bus cannot move. No one will get off the bus to lighten the load until Keb, a little boy says he will get off if everyone lets him out. The bus has to empty to do so. Then the bus, with a little push from Keb, is able to make it up the hill. On the other side, everyone jumps back in for the final ride to the market.

This story is beautifully told in rhyme. There are a few words your child may not know such as "queue" but that is a fun part of the learning experience. There is so much character shown in the illustrations. Mama with her happy baby, children carrying their precious toys, people helping each other. The colors of the pictures are wonderful. Having ridden on public buses in other countries, I know what a unique experience it is to sit not just next to another person, but their farm animals as well. This story does a wonderful job introducing culture to young children. The story was fun and left me with a smile.

KCLSKidsGenre Mar 06, 2014

We're off to market (in Uganda). Everyone wants a ride on Joe's minibus! There's so much to fit into this minibus: Melons, baskets, chickens, goats, eggs, loaves of bread, geese and people. But when the bus get stuck and someone must get off to lighten the load, who will do it? A small kid with a big heart teaches everyone what it means to be a team player so that everyone can have a ride to the market!

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Dec 16, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and under


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