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THIS OLD VAN by Kim Norman


Do you recall the rhyming, counting song, “This old man, he plays one…?”  Of course you do!!  I know, you will be humming it for the next hour or two and be thinking about me in maybe a not-so-nice way!!  Sorry!

This cute and fun vehicle-counting book will take us, of the “hippie” generation, down a nostalgic highway with Grandma and Grandpa in their flower-covered, colorful VW bus.

This pair is invited to a special event of their grandson’s and told not to be late.  They pack up and head off across the miles.  All the while, we wonder if they will get to where they are going on time.

To the tune of “This Old Man,” we sing the words to this counting-the-miles as they merrily tootle along the road passing by many a vehicle.  We count one train, two construction vehicles, three tractors, four semis, five vintage cars, six dump trucks, seven pickup trucks with horse trailers, eight new cars on a car hauler, nine school buses, and ten dirt bikes.  Kids will have fun singing this new version, seeing the different types of vehicles passed along the way, and looking at the detail on each page.  There are, then, replicas of these vehicles in the special event at the end, making it all even more fun.

Each vehicle has a face with headlight eyes.  The colors are bright while the late 1960s and 1970s symbolism is clearly painted on the bus as well as in various scenes along the way.  Grandma and Grandpa are friendly folks and dressed as if they were still in 1969.

This is a delightful and fun choice for those young ones who are hooked on cars and trucks of all sorts.

Reading Level: 3 – 7 Years



Kim Norman has written several books for young readers, including Ten on the Sled, If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!, Puddle Pug, I Know a Wee Piggy, Crocodaddy, Jack of All Tails, and a few more.  Kim spent much of her young days involved in theater, traveled along many-a-road due to being a Navy kid.  She knows how to be silly.  Her books bring smiles to the faces of those who read and hear these fun stories.  Kim and her husband live in Smithfield, VA. Visit Kim @


Carolyn Conahan is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon, The Prairie-Dog Prince, The Discontented Gopher, and The Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs.  The Big Wish was awarded the 2011 Oregon Spirit Book Award for Picture Books by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. Carolyn is also a staff illustrator of Cricket magazine. She lives in Portland, OR.  You can find Carolyn @


Book Information


Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

Publication date:08/04/2015


Product dimensions:8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)





Illustrations by Carolyn Digby Conahan



I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 71 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

11 thoughts on “THIS OLD VAN by Kim Norman

  1. Stopping by from the Literacy Musing Monday Blog Hop to leave some comment love. Not too long ago I saw someone else review this book. It looks adorable. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This looks like an adorable little book. I always wanted a VW bus when I was little, and I still do. Thanks for linking-up to Literary Friday. Sorry about visiting so late. I’m barely keeping my head above water with school since I’ve been ill!


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