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¡Vámonos! Let's Go!
An adaptation of “The Wheels on the Bus” in English and Spanish
by René Colato Laínez
Joe Cepeda, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 11 x 8 1/2 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823434428 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Spanish Language, Hispanic American Interest, Music, Song & Theater, Preschool
Recommendations: PW

CCSS Codes:
L.1.1, 1b, 1I, 1j, 2, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5c
RF.1.1-3, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b ,4c
SL.1.1, 1a, 1c, 2-6
W.1.2, 3, 5-8
RL.1.1-5, 7

About the Book

"The Wheels on the Bus" takes on a new, bilingual identity as children sing in both English and Spanish about the exciting noises made by all sorts of vehicles.

You may know that the wheels on the bus go round and round, but did you know that las ruedas del bus ruedan y ruedan? Or that while the horn on the truck goes honk, honk, honk, la bocina del camian goes tut tuu tuu?

Young readers are in for a cheerful and cacophonous ride in this bilingual picture book that introduces them to the sounds of motorcycles, fire trucks, airplanes and more in both English and Spanish. But the best sounds of all are the ones from the children as they reach the state park at the end of their trip. Yay and Yupi!


"A cheery singalong, in both languages."Publishers Weekly

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What is an "adaptation" of a story? Discuss different versions of books that you have read. (Ex., Cinderella; Gingerbread Man; City Mouse, Country Mouse; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.) SL.K-1.1, 4

2. Sing the traditional "The Wheels on the Bus" song. Write down each verse. (Wheels on the bus, horn on the bus, wipers on the bus, door, children, mother) Compare and contrast the traditional version with the adaptation, ¡VÁMONOS! LET’S GO! RL.K-1.1, 3

3. Have students write the sound for each part of the story: wheels on the bus, engine on the train, horn on the truck, motor on the motorcycle, siren on the ambulance, alarm on the fire truck, horn on the tricycle and the airplane in the sky. RL.K-1.4 / L.K-1.5

4. Write your own part of the song using a mode of transportation. The ________ on the _________ goes ________, ___________, ___________. Create a class book. W.K-1.5, 7, 8

About the Illustrator
Joe Cepeda

Educators' Guide
¡VÁMONOS! LET'S GO!: An adaptation of “The Wheels on the Bus” in English and Spanish
Lesson plan featuring questions for classroom discussion, connections to the Common Core State Standards and sheet music for "The Wheels on the Bus."