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The Seals on The Bus

Author: Lenny Hort

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ISBN: 9780805059526

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Binding: Hardcover

Year Distributed: 2011 - 2012

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Songs, Animals

Book Acticity

Different animals—including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more—make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.

Age Group 3 years

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Knowing the correct way to hold and handle a book
  • Understanding that words are read from left to right and pages are read from top to bottom
  • Starting to notice words that rhyme and enjoys participating in rhyming games
  • Retelling stories
  • Recognizing some of the letters of the alphabet
  • Starting to match letter sounds to letters (like knowing b makes a /b/ sound)
  • May start to recognize their name in print and other often-seen words, like those on signs
  • Beginning to understand that print carries a message

Your child has been hearing and studying the sounds of words for quite a while now. One of the tasks of emergent literacy is to be able to hear individual sounds, to make sounds, and to put sounds together to make words. When we start to play with the letters of our language, we can help our children learn that each letter represents a unique sound or sounds and when we put letters together, they can make different sounds. This is necessary for learning to read. Playing with the sounds of words by singing, reading rhyming books and playing word games can help your child master these letter-sound connections and put them on a path to reading success!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 3-year-old as well as tips and activities for you and your child!

Why did we select this book?

The song The Wheels on the Bus is taught to so many toddlers because of its great repetition, rhythm, and accompanying hand motions. We loved this version of the song as it brought so many interesting creatures and their songs crowding onto the old traditional bus.

Book Acticity
Related Activities

No matter how well you sing, your child thinks your singing voice is the most beautiful voice on the planet. Invite your child to sing along with the words of the book if you know the tune of the classic The Wheels on The Bus. You might need to listen to a clip online to learn it or be reminded of it. Every fun reading experience is one that helps your child love books more and more, so the two of you sing like you are on stage and have fun doing it!


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