• Title: Bus Route to Boston
  • Author: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • ISBN: 9781563977237
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bus Route to Boston My inspiration for Bus Route to Boston I grew up on a bus route in Everett Massachusetts As a young girl I remember frequent Saturday bus trips which traveled down our street through crowded neigh
    My inspiration for Bus Route to Boston I grew up on a bus route in Everett, Massachusetts As a young girl, I remember frequent Saturday bus trips, which traveled down our street, through crowded neighborhoods, over the bridge, then all the way into Boston My mother, sister and I went bargain hunting in Filene s Basement, enjoyed ice cream at Bailey s, shopped for vegetaMy inspiration for Bus Route to Boston I grew up on a bus route in Everett, Massachusetts As a young girl, I remember frequent Saturday bus trips, which traveled down our street, through crowded neighborhoods, over the bridge, then all the way into Boston My mother, sister and I went bargain hunting in Filene s Basement, enjoyed ice cream at Bailey s, shopped for vegetables at Haymarket and ventured into the Northend for pizza and cannoli Through my story and paintings I have shared these warm childhood memories of Boston BUS ROUTE TO BOSTON is a treasure for anyone who shares these memories, as well as children of all ages who love nostalgic family stories.From Booklist This warm, loving memoir will have plenty of resonance for today s children Cocca Leffler recalls what it was like to be young, living just outside Boston, and waiting for the bus to take the family into the city The ride, with friendly Bill the driver, is lots of fun, but excitement awaits in the city a sale at Filene s, where shoppers try on clothes in the aisles sundaes at an ice cream parlor a trip to the North End to buy fruit and vegetables cannoli to eat on the bus ride home Bill gets a pastry, too, and calls his riders the Cannoli girls Even if the particulars aren t familiar, children will know the excitement of visiting a bigger town and going shopping, and recognize the happiness of being back home The oversize, nicely crowded acrylic artwork, which features two sisters and a sometimes harried mother, is lots of fun Whether it s two women tugging on the same dress or catching all the delicious details of a North End bakery, the pictures clearly show what make experiences like these such a part of childhood 2000 Ilene Cooper

    One Reply to “Bus Route to Boston”

    1. This is an entertaining story that shows a little bit about life in the suburbs of Boston and a young girl's experience of a trip into the city. The narrative is short and the illustrations are colorful and cartoonish. I love how it depicts a visit to Filene's Basement, which was an institution in the city for many years until it eventually closed in 2011. I hope someday to bring our girls to Boston to experience Faneuil Hall and some of the other historical and popular places in the city beyond [...]

    2. A mother and her children take a field trip around their neighborhood in Boston. They visit the butcher and bakery and even go to the ice cream parlor for a sundae. This book is a great way to introduce children to the concept of a neighbor and community helpers. It also has the bus driver Bill take the family home after a busy day. There are plenty of conversations and vocabulary words that can be incorporated with this book.

    3. We determined that this book was a good book due to the illustrations and vocabulary that was presented in the book. It was also a "good book" because it showed the life of a child who lived in Boston, so it was culturally diverse. It showed the MBTA, the North End, etc. So overall it would be a good book for children to read.

    4. This book was pretty cute. I liked how it described the girls' experience with the bus and their tradition of going to town with their mother to buy groceries. I think it would be a fun read for kids who aren't used to riding buses or having to shop at different markets like in this story. It would be fun to compare and contrast.

    5. Neat semi-autobiographical story about a girl's weekend trips into Boston with her mother and sister. I liked all the food mentioned especially!

    6. I thought this book was really sweet, loved all the Boston images. LP wanted to hear more about the bus, less about shopping in the city.

    7. The pictures in this book help support bus systems in the city which can be very unfamiliar to students who have not been in a city. The Illustrations are amazing.

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