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Marsha Casper Cook is the author of 10 published books and 11 feature-length screenplays. Her published works include The latest, THE VIRGINIA TEMPLETON STORIES, ROMANCE LOVE CHANGES, a romantic novel about a family in crisis, and TO LIFE, a non-fiction biography about being a teenager and surviving the Holocaust. She has also written four books for young children, SNACK ATTACK, THE MAGICAL LEAPING LIZARD POTION and the poetry collection THE BUSY BUS. Her latest children's book No Clues No Shoes is the first of the Emelina Hewitt and her dog Stanley series. Since early 2010, Marsha has hosted radio shows on Blog Talk Radio. She recently has joined with Host V.S, Grenier as the other half of World Of Ink Network Blog Talk Radio. Her show "A Good Story Is A Good Story" is about writing. Marsha also does radios shows Pwith Fran Lewis, Willow Cross, J HGlaze and Bennet Pomerantz
Marsha Casper Cook
on June 12, 2011 :
5.0 out of 5 stars The Busy Bus, May 29, 2010
By Fran Lewis "Fran and Bertha" - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE) This review is from: The Busy Bus - A Collection of Short Children's Poems (Paperback)
The Busy Bus: A collection of Children's Poems
By author Marsha Casper Cook
There are many ways to teach kids how to love poems and want to read them. There are also many creative ways to help drive many lessons and points home without them knowing it. In the collection of humorous poems called The Busy Bus, Peculiar Pete takes adults and children on a humorous, innovative and wild poetry ride filled with silly, heartwarming and creative poems to just make you smile.
The poem, The Perfect Wish is one of my favorites as the narrator wishes for a day just to have fun in a pool, to swim and hope that someone will grant his/her wish just once. I would love that too. Do Re Mi Fa So La must have been written for everyone, like myself who always wanted to sing like Pink or Madonna but in reality when they tried sounded like a lemon on a really sour day. Off key would not describe my voice when I had to get up in my Voice class in college and sang a simple tune. Everyone stifled his or her laughs until I burst out hysterical laughing. My face might have turned a bright red like a red apple and I felt like running from the room, but I looked at the humorous side of things. How many people could ruin Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? For that I would always be famous. Yes, it could happen to you.
From poems that every girl can identify with like The Brat, who tells why her sister definitely did not look like her to Nasty Miss Masters the teacher who never had to worry about discipline these poems are what every child and adult should read on a day when you just need to laugh, smile and read some great poetry.
Lizzie McGee is a great poem to teach everyone that you can't change or pick your family or make a witch mean. Poems about Hiccups, Giggle Giggle Cheer, and Hit, Miss or Duck that teaches you if you keep trying you might succeed. Author Marsha Casper Cook along with Peculiar Pete take us on a giggly, funny, humorous bus ride into the land of poetry.
Each illustration will help even the non- reader to enjoy, understand and embrace each poem. For the child in everyone read this great book, give a copy to your school's librarian, take one to your public library and buy a few copies for your kids, grandkids and friends. All three of these great children's books should be on the shelf in every school library, classroom library, public library and your own personal children's library at home.
I give all three books: Five Gold Stars.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer
(reviewed within a week of purchase)