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The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System (Magic School Bus Series)

The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System (Magic School Bus Series)

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by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen

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On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.


On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cole and Degen have already escorted young readers on three enlightening, boisterous rides on the magic school bus--in explorations of the human body, waterworks and the inside of the Earth. This latest expedition, on which the energetic Miss Frizzle offers a tour of the planets, should not be missed. When a closed planetarium disappoints her students on a class trip, the likable teacher saves the day. She manages to launch her rickety school bus into space and steers it around the solar system, visiting the moon, the sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars before an asteroid knocks out one of the taillights. When Miss Frizzle leaves the bus to investigate, she gets lost in space, and the students visit the outer planets without her. They reconnect with her eventually, and the group ends up back in the classroom, making a chart and a mobile based on their discoveries. Once again, author and illustrator let readers laugh while they learn in an animated, fact-filled adventure. Ages 6-9. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
The planetarium is closed for repairs, so the Magic School Bus blasts off on a real tour of the solar system. After their previous field trips, the children in Ms. Frizzle's class are all blase about such things; as they land on the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and fly by the other planets and the Sun, they comment on what they see, generate a blizzard of one- or two-sentence reports on special topics and--even while Ms. Frizzle is temporarily left behind in the asteroid belt--crack terrible jokes (``Could Saturn take a bath? Yes, but it might leave a ring!''). Although some of the information is radically simplified--people are said to float in space because ``without a large mass nearby . . . they do not have weight''--Cole keeps the narrative specific without burdening it with loads of facts. Degen's fresh, energetic illustrations complement the breathless pace perfectly. A first-class introduction to the planets, fine for pleasure or purpose reading. --John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Magic School Bus Series
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Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the author and illustrator of the Magic School Bus books, have collaborated for twenty years, bringing humor and true kidlike curiosity to science and learning. Booklist heralded Ms. Frizzle as "the wackiest, wisest teacher in picture books." Two MSB titles have been named School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and they have won countless state book awards, from New York to Nebraska.

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Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like all my Magic School Bus Books. I liked traveling to all the planets and learning. The book doesn¿t have any newer facts about space. I also bought the Arty the Part-Time Astronaut Book with CD. It was fun to play games using the CD and also on the website. Using these two books I learned everything about space I needed to know for school.
ILOVEFords More than 1 year ago
HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!this book has pathetic info and stuff that interest kids that don't really happen. you guys have good stuff about the lesson then tie in stuff that don't tie in . that is my opinion....
CA71 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful introduction to concepts that are both important and difficult. My daughters (7 & 9) enjoyed the book and got a basic understanding of the solar system that they will be able to build on in the future. The way it is written is especially appealing to children who like comics. Thank you Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen for writing an educational and entertaining book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago