When the bridge goes up, all the vehicles, including the car, bike, and tractor, and their animal passengers have to wait in a long line until it comes back down and they can all get moving on their merry way once again.
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Babs Bell has been a teacher and school administrator for thirty years. She has taught elementary and special education classes at all levels, and served as director of special education. A frequent speaker at national conferences for teachers and parents, she and her husband live in Atlanta, Georgia.From Booklist:
PreS. Fun to read aloud, this cumulative picture book tells what happens when a bridge goes up. One after another, vehicles arrive at the water's edge. "The bus can't go, the car can't go, the bike can't go, the truck can't go, the motorcycle can't go . . . so everyone has to wait." Young children, who have trouble waiting for most anything, will enjoy seeing the increasing impatience of animal characters who want to get a move on and their satisfaction when the bridge descends and traffic starts up again. Like the animals' moods, the colors in the artwork seem a bit drab until the bridge goes back down; then the sky lightens to sunny colors, and the drivers and passengers all cross the river. With a childlike air that suits the simple text, the illustrations have a great sense of activity and motion, even when traffic is stopped. Great fun for young children. Carolyn Phelan
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