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review 2018-03-09 03:45
Lost in the Solar System (The Magic School Bus, #4) by Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

If you grew up in the 90s, more likely than not, you grew up with a certain eccentric red-haired school teacher gracing your television set. Everyday after school, I would rush home to catch The Frizz on afternoon TV, teaching me a wide variety of subjects the world has to offer. I loved how educational and entertaining The Magic School Bus was for my young mind. And this book is no different!


This book focuses on the solar system and the planets. This story is one of my favorites for a couple of reasons. One being that it was one of my favorite episodes from the television series, the other being that I used to play the computer game of the same name almost every single weekend! I loved exploring the different planets and learning the ins and outs of each nine (now eight) planets! It was so much fun for me so, naturally, when I saw this book at the used bookstore, I had to buy it!


Of course, this being a book published during the 90s, some of the facts and science are a bit out-dated now. However, there is still merit in reading this book. You can teach your kids what scientists used to think to be true. You can use it more as a history lesson than a science one. Then you could continue by following up with a book about the solar system that is accurate to today. There's still plenty to learn from this charming book series. 


And if you end up loving this book, then I highly recommend the cartoon show. It's just as educational and entertaining. For you. For kids you know. For anybody. 


Reading this book was such a nostalgia trip for me. If I stumble upon any other book in this series, I will definitely be reading them!

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review 2016-11-10 22:57
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

The Magic School Bus book collection in so informational. This particular book is has a lot of information about the solar system. It has information about the planents, comet, and many other acts. The book begins inside the classroom where the lass is working on a project and, like it always does, it ends up with Mrs, Frizzle and the class all coming on the maic chool bus to travel to outter space. Mrs. Frizzle ends up getting separated from the class and she gives the class clues on what planet she waiting for them on. The books with the class being safe and sound back inside the classroom and full of new information. I would use this book to incorporate science along with readin. I could have the students draw a planet from a basket and create the planet, or have the students create the entire solar system. I would read the book during science n thegrdes 1 - 2 but I would read the book and have the students do the project in the upper grades. This book is a reading level of 3.7.

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review 2016-03-12 17:49
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

This book will be used to introduce the solar system lesson. This will help give the students a visual for how the solar system works. this would be used in my 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. 

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review 2016-03-11 16:39
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

The Magic School Bus is a great way to get students interested in science while also getting them to read. When I was younger, I loved The Magic School Bus series. I feel like you could use this series for any elementary grade. 

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review 2009-03-09 00:00
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen OK, so a book that starts this conversation is GREAT!!

Sitting at traffic light in car, looking at the sunset:
5 yr old: Mommy did you know, the sun is a giant ball of gas?
Me: Why, yes it is...[thus ensues a conversation on the size of the sun compared to the earth, other planets in the solar system, etc.)

When I asked her if they were talking about the sun/solar system in preschool, she said no, she was reading about it in the Magic School Bus book.

Can I just say - AWESOME!!!! = )
Doesn't hurt that they also watch the MSB shows occasionally as well - good reinforcement of the topics.
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