Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught the kids a new word in Cree.
Nimoshom and His Bus introduces basic Cree words. A glossary is included in the back of the book.
A simple but endearing glimpse of Cree language and life.— Kirkus Reviews
"All children would be fortunate to have Nimoshom as their bus driver! With a gentle understanding of his charges, Nimoshom not only picks up and drops off schoolchildren but imparts love and kind discipline while using his Cree language. A relatable introduction to basic Cree, with lovely watercolors. A word guide at the end summarizes the words used."
- NetGalley review
Hibbard’s loose, expressive mixed-media illustrations capture the warm relationship between nimoshom and the children, particularly in one touching spread that shows nimoshom, wearing his signature outfit (plaid shirt, vest, and brown cap), surrounded by youngsters as he tells them stories. It’s clear that while the children are on their way to school to learn, their daily ride with nimoshom is an important education in itself.
Through accessible language and engaging visual resources, readers are introduced to basic Cree as Nimoshom responds in this language to the children who ride his bus. [...] The illustrator’s varying the visuals between full double spreads and single page illustrations keeps the pacing lively. Amidst a rural fall setting, with woodland animals, children, and the school bus, Nimoshom’s humorous nature shines through these gentle illustrations. At the end of this story, you just want to give Nimoshom a great big hug!
- Anita Miettunen, CM: Canadian Review of Materials