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A Bus Called Heaven [Hardcover]

Bob Graham
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2 Feb 2012
How did it get there? everyone wonders ... but no one knows. Then, out from the shadows steps Stella, normally so shy. She climbs onto the bus and, in a moment, sees everything that it could become: "This bus could be ours," she says. And so, the lonely old bus – with the help of some colourful graffiti – becomes a hub of activity! People come together to hold meetings, play games and share stories; sparrows nest where the engine used to be and snails make their little homes under the tyres. But one day a tow truck arrives and threatens to take away not just the bus, but everything that everyone has worked so hard to create. Can Stella save the day?

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406334197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406334197
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 30.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graham's books bubble with good humour and the knowledge that there are many ways of looking at the world provided you keep an open mind." (The Guardian)"

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One morning it appeared, out of nowhere, sitting right outside Stella's house – a broken, old bus. On the front of it, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign that says, "Heaven". Heaven is endorsed by Amnesty International UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story- strong female character 2 May 2014
By Henas22
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We like this story so much we have it out of the library almost permanently! Bought if or a friend's child. It's a thoughtful and intelligent story with enough action and interest in the pictures to keep interest in the slightly more stretching story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story beautifully illustrated... 21 Jan 2014
By David
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...& enjoyed by parents and children.
No seat belts worn though so were I awarding points for health & safety it wouldn't have got 5 stars. I overlooked this giving artistic licence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Care about diversity? Share this book far and wide! 7 April 2012
By David Crumm - Published on Amazon.com
"OURS!" little Stella cries in A Bus Called Heaven. That's the defining moment in Bob Graham's new book and the word stands alone in a big double-page spread, echoing through his urban landscape.

There are thousands of children's books that celebrate creativity, compassion and fanciful good fun. In fact, as a Baby Boomer who loved reading books to my own kids, I often regret that we didn't have more of these colorful picture books back when I was a kid in the `50s and `60s. We've come a long way in throwing open the windows to childhood imagination. But, to this day--there aren't that many picture books for kids that specifically tackle the challenges of building a diverse community.

Over the years, as a journalist covering cultural diversity, I have highlighted gems about hospitality and diversity for all ages. For example, I've been a strong supporter of the delightful mouse-and-bear books by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton. I especially recommend A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse) and A Bedtime for Bear (Bear and Mouse). And, as much as I like the tales from this creative team, even they haven't reached the kind of vivid, clear-eyed vision of diversity that Bob Graham summons in A Bus Called Heaven.

In Graham's world, we see Muslim women in hijab, Orthodox Jews in broad-brimmed fedoras, street kids in hoodies, bikers with tattoos, Hindus in neatly folded caps and Catholic priests in the full regalia of black suit and collar. We meet grandparents, parents and kids.

The main character is little Stella, who sees only the best possibilities in her neighborhood. One day, she spots a beat-up old bus that could be a dangerous eyesore for her neighbors. Instead, Stella sees a sacred space. Well, she doesn't call it "sacred," but it's obvious in Graham's tale that this derelict bus is a slice of heaven for everyone. Of course, only Stella can see this truth, at first. Only Stella calls it: "OURS!"

Go on! Get a copy of A Bus Called Heaven now from Amazon, while it's still available. Such books may sell forever, or may vanish after a season. This will become a family classic and, if you're involved in education or volunteer in your community--there's not a better book to share with kids. (And, of course, adults of all ages, too!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!!! 4 May 2012
By Lana Gluck - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed this book as much as my four year old did. She refused to stop reading it until we were done. My daughter was really touched by the story, and so was I. A very warm and kind book. Highly recommend for kids 4+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 9 July 2013
By Ruie O. Chehak - Published on Amazon.com
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Great for primary grades...I love the community feeling of this book. It is ideal for sharing with kids young and old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Story, Loved the Illustrations 24 Aug 2012
By Debbie S. Glade - Published on Amazon.com
If you're searching for a children's picture book with a unique subject matter, read A Bus Called Heaven by award-winning author/illustrator, Bob Graham. The story features a young girl named, Stella, who brings a town of people together in an effort to restore an old, rickety bus known as Heaven. The people clean up and decorate the bus and start using it as a gathering place. But one day when the bus gets towed away for blocking traffic, it seems as though the neighborhood hangout is gone forever. You have to read the book yourself to find out what happens next. You didn't think I'd spoil the story for you, did you?

What I love about A Bus Called Heaven is that the story teaches readers about creativity, cooperation, appreciation and a bit of nostalgia. It's wonderful to read about a neighborhood of people who get together in an effort to accomplish a wholesome goal they all feel equally passionate about. I also adore the cute illustrations, and the fact that some of the pages have numerous illustrations much like a comic book. This is a charming new picture book you won't get tired of reading with your children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uniting an urban community 15 Aug 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Another great book about an urban community uniting to preserve a community art project/gathering area. Also look at "Magic Trash" Magic Trash. This book is very cute and friendly, with neat overhead perspectives.
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