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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406343714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406343717
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 0.4 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,971 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, held up with packing tape, is a hand-painted sign: "Heaven".

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The boys chose this book from the library - and we keep renewing it. Has interesting urbanesque story, well constructed sentences, and great artwork which is gentle on the eye. Wish there were more children's books like this. Works on a fictional literature level - engaging storyline, and on an inspiring ethical level too.

Yes indeed there is one scene (of four illustrations on a page) where the protagonist and her mother are not visibly wearing seat-belts whilst slowly driving the broken down bus. The same page is also absent of road safety signs, road markings, and shows a dog on top of the moving bus roof clearly not on a lead, whilst crossing a major road with no-one wearing high-vis jackets. But we didn't notice that the first eight times that we read it.
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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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...& 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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Original and pertinent. Bought to share with Sunday school class
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Care about diversity? Share this book far and wide! 7 April 2012
By David Crumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"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!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an amazing story of how a neighborhood came together to create their own bit of heaven ... 14 April 2012
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The neighborhood was abuzz with activity in front of the Big M, everything of course but that big old abandoned bus. Everyone seemed to stop and take notice of it, peering into its windows from the street and glancing over it at it as they drove by. People suddenly began to stop and talk to each other instead of simply passing by one another. Little Stella too suddenly came to life. She suddenly claimed, "Mommy, that old bus is as sad as a whale on a beach." Stella approached the bus, stood on her tiptoes, and pushed open the door. As the sun shown though the windows of the abandoned bus, Stella looked like "the color of moonlight" as she looked around at the trash inside.

Lots of other children and grownups went inside the bus to look around and listened closely as she declared, "It could be ... ours." What? How? It was a bus called "Heaven," but not just yet. They moved the bus from the road and pushed it back into Stella's yard. The yard started to come alive with activity as people began to clean up the bus and come together to fix up that decrepit bus. Soon the bus burst with activity as all kinds of people gathered inside to join in the fellowship with the neighbors. All of a sudden a tow truck showed up. There were regulations you know and that bus crept over the sidewalk Would the tow truck take away their little bit of "heaven" or could Stella save it?

This is an amazing story of how a neighborhood came together to create their own bit of heaven. This is a story with lots of charm as we watch everyone come together to make an abandoned bus into a place that everyone could share and enjoy. Little Stella, like many young children, sees beauty where others see something ugly. Her optimism is infectious and when young and old read this book they too will become enthused as the abandoned bus becomes a little bit of heaven for them as well. The artwork is delightfully detailed and captures the spirit of the neighborhood as they come together instead of passing by one another, never stopping to see the beauty in the next person. This would be an excellent read and discuss story for circle or story time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yes!!! 4 May 2012
By Lana Gluck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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+
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Loved the Story, Loved the Illustrations 24 Aug. 2012
By Debbie S. Glade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Uniting an urban community 15 Aug. 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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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