Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus by Sue Wickstead
Children’s picture story book for Children aged 5 to 9
Published September 30th 2018 by Sue Wickstead
Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London.
When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear. Would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?
A story based on a real, Playbus which was a much-loved haven for children to come along and play on.
The story has a message that not everything old should be thrown away. Any child who enjoys stories about transport will love this and of course will want to find a Playbus to play on.
This is a wonderful story about an old London Double Decker bus who is retired from service. Daisy is worried about what will become of her, but her driver and conductor have a plan. They put together a medial campaign and with donations and volunteers, buy Daisy and turn her into a playbus, decorated with Nursery Rhymes.
I read this book with my grandson who enjoyed it. First, living in Canada, we do not see many double decker buses, so we talked a bit about that. He loved the idea that a bus would drive around and park places where kids could gather and play in it. He doesn’t take a bus to school, so this is a novelty to him. He also loved the nursery rhymes painted on it as we recite and sing them often. After looking at each picture we would sing or say them together. This was where his younger sister joined in. The illustrations are colourful and reinforce the text well. The story flows and has a good amount of detail. It was perfect for my 6 year old grandson, but too long for the 3 year old. My only niggle is the lack of diversity. Most of the children illustrated in the book were white with very few children of other ethnicities present. My grandson attends a very diverse school, so in his classroom, this would be noticed immediately. Of course in a classroom, I would also highlight that Daisy was reused or upcycled instead of ending up in a junkyard somewhere. A unit on the 3 “Rs” could be opened with this story. A fun and educational story for families and classrooms. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Rachels’ Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.
I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.
‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued. This story has now been followed by five more picture books.
I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.
The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.