The Topsy-Turvy Bus

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Kar-Ben Publishing (R)
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8.66 X 10.16 X 0.16 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Anita Fitch Pazner lives in Michigan with her husband, Bruce, and a needy Portuguese water dog named Finn. She has a degree in journalism from Oakland University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. A lifelong learner, she also earned a master's degree in gardening from Michigan State University, so she could write a gardening column for a local newspaper. This is her first children's book.
Carolina Farías is an award-winning author and illustrator of over 40 books. After receiving her bachelor's degree in art, she began teaching at the University of Graphic Design and Visual Communication in La Plata. Her artwork is created using a variety of traditional mediums and digital techniques. She lives in La Plata, Argentina, with her husband and two children.


A bright yellow bus--with wheels on its top as well as its bottom--gives The Topsy-Turvy Bus its name and is also the perfect metaphor for the ideas its operators demonstrate on field trips, like the one described in this picture book. Young riders of the bus and readers of this book will learn that we can help the earth by thinking about familiar tasks a little differently--such as using cooking oil for fuel, powering a blender with a bicycle, and making soil by feeding worms. The Topsy-Turvy Bus is a much-needed addition to the literary offerings that engage children in thinking about how people can find creative solutions to make our regular activities easier on our planet. Kids will enjoy Anita Fitch Pazner's lyric language and Carolina Farías's warm, colorful illustrations.

In the main story, the only hint of the book's Jewish connection is its repeating refrain "Tikkun olam, tikkun olam, tikkun olam. Repair the world, repair the world, repair the world." In the back matter, readers can learn more about tikkun olam and Hazon, which is the largest faith-based organization in the United States and has real topsy-turvy buses. Though this connection may seem minor, it is significant, as there are few books that show people taking action to repair the world in connection to the idea of tikkun olam. The Topsy-Turvy Bus clearly meets all other criteria for consideration for the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

-- (5/29/2022 12:00:00 AM)