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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Magic School Bus
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590446835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590446839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4. Ms. Frizzle and her science class take a trip through the town's power lines and discover how electricity works. Readers who go along for the ride will learn about how electricity is made in power plants, how transformers function, and about the differences in voltage. They will also find out how electricity makes heat and light. There is a brief mention made of how a TV works. Appropriate warnings about electricity are given. Dialogue balloons and Degen's colorful cartoon illustrations add humor. The book makes a complex subject fun to read about and simple to understand. It's bound to be a hit with the series' many fans.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

The indomitable Ms. Frizzle is back for a lesson in electricity in this entertaining entry in the Magic School Bus series. The class begins with books, videos, experiments, and research reports; Ms. Frizzle, wearing a dress of geometric shapes, explains atoms and electrons, and, during an electrical storm, gets the students and her niece, Dottie, into the school bus to find out what's behind a power blackout. At a power plant, they learn how electricity is generated and how it travels. As in the other books in the series, this one doesn't cover everything, but it will stimulate interest; plenty of information is packed into the pages, and repeat readings are mandatory. (Picture book. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

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My son just turned 4 and LOVES this book.
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The Magic School Bus books make science and exploration fun.
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It is fun to read and he loved learning about electricity.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Children's Book Review on November 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
It is more than obvious that Joanna Cole (author) and Bruce Degen (illustrator) had the time of their lives bringing this book to fruition. Penned in 1997, "The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip" is packaged to the bursting point with anything and everything that has to do with electricity. There's so much going on here that a simple one-sided scorecard just won't suffice upon delving into Ms. Frizzle's latest adventure. It is Cole and Degen's most action-packed and tightly-woven collaboration yet. One senses from just taking in the first few pages that author and illustrator poured every fiber of their being into the Friz's ninth science-related field trip for children.

Our story starts off with a bang when a surprise guest bounces into class, positively charged with energy. She looks to be the spitting-image of Ms. Frizzle, only much younger.

"Hello, Aunt Valerie," says the girl, kissing the Friz on the cheek.

"My niece, Dottie Frizzle, is visiting today," adds Ms. Frizzle. "Dottie, we're learning about electricity!"

And so, while a thunderstorm rages on outside, our favorite frizzy-haired teacher begins her lesson for the day. She starts by breaking down a diagram of an atom. Then she points out the relationship between electrons (tiny parts of the atom that circle around its core) and electric current (where electrons are pulled away from their hosts and form a steady stream of movement). This is what gives us electricity.

Then, before the Friz can move onto magnetic current (the cousin of electric current), the lights all over school suddenly go out and the classroom is plunged into total darkness. Outside, a hearty roar of thunder echoes over the students' heads.

"There's no electricity!" someone yells.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence M. Sanger on March 10, 2010
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The Magic School Bus is a great series and, having read most of the original books, I think this may be the best in the series. It covers the generation, transmission, and usage of electricity in an unusually accessible, interesting, amusing way. It fostered my preschooler's rather surprising and alarming interest in electricity (of course the book covers safety too). We've looked at quite a few books for younger children about electricity, and this was the best we found.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on October 22, 2009
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This story begins with an ordinary public-school class who have an extraordinary teacher. On their field trip to an electric power plant, Ms. Frizzle, Mary Poppins-like, shrinks the class to the size of electrons and they magically travel through the plant and into power lines, through light bulbs and into everyday appliances. In the course of this journey, they learn how electricity is generated and used for different purposes. The story is told with creativity, humor, and a level of detail that is appropriate for the target audience.

Because the topic of electricity is more complex than some of the other Magic School Bus topics, it may be better to read aloud all the sidebar text and conversations, not just the primary narrative text. Introduction of this slightly more advanced book may need to wait a year or so later than other books in the series. As I've said before, I recommend only the original books in this series, not the derivative ones based on the TV program.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
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This book is a great book to learn about electricity. My daughter wants me to read it to her over and over, and I have learned from it, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Walker on October 30, 2008
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My 5 year old granddaughter loves the Magic School Bus. She says they are fun adventures. My daughter taught school and she thinks they have good interest to create a love of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilyse on October 17, 2009
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My children who are 5 have been enjoying all of the original magic school bus books. This one was full of information that I didn't know. I have enjoyed learning with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joachim Weyl on June 5, 2009
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I have loved this series since I was a child. Advise these to any parents or teachers who want to teach their kids Science in a fun way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2008
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I think my son has read this book 30 times now. I don't think I need to say any more.
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