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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Magic School Bus
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590414275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590414272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ms. Frizzle shepherds her reluctant students through the human body in a book that is as fancifully conceived as it is educational. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-- Time to board the Magic School Bus again with that wild, wacky, and wonderful teacher, Ms. Frizzle. After she teaches her class about the human body and they visit the science museum, Mrs. Frizzle shrinks the bus and the class--except Arnold, who swallows them. This gives Cole and Degen the chance for two parallel stories, inside and outside of Arnold. With the bus inside, Cole explains digestion from the stomach into the small intestines. Then the bus enters a blood vessel where readers can see the plasma, red and white blood cells, and the flow into the heart. From there the class, now out of the bus and garbed in operating room smocks and masks, flows with the blood cells, now with fresh oxygen, to the brain. They climb down the bones of the spine, follow nerves to see muscles work, and then finally catch up with the bus to emerge in the nasal cavity. Meanwhile on part of each facing page, Arnold has coped with being lost and alone and has made it back to the school. With an enormous sneeze he sends the bus out to join him in the parking lot. The class can now chart the body from actual experience. Cole concludes with a true-false test with answers to help readers distinguish reality from fantasy. As readers of the previous "Magic School Bus" books (Scholastic) know, this is an enjoyable look at factual material painlessly packaged with the ribbons and balloons of jokes and asides meant to appeal to kids. Degen's zany, busy, full-color drawings fill the pages with action and information far beyond the text. Using a variety of visuals, including notes, close-ups, and diagrams along with a variety of realistic kids, he moves the parallel stories to their conclusions. Kids will love this book. --Sylvia S. Marantz, Wellington School, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The book is great for my 7 year old son.
genta
Fun way to read and learn about the human body.
Gill Simpson
She almost asks me to read it every night.
Q. Wu

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Children's Book Review on October 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen outdo themselves in "The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body." It is their most ambitious collaboration yet, and it definitely doesn't disappoint.
As is the custom, the third book in this science series (written in 1989) picks up where the second story left off. Ms. Frizzle is showing her students a filmstrip about the human body. "We're going to learn all about ourselves," she says. Then she announces the next field trip - the class is heading to the museum to "see an exhibit about how our bodies get energy from the food we eat." However, anyone who has even an inkling as to the kind of person Ms. Frizzle is should know that things rarely, if ever, go according to plan. A field trip is never just a field trip when you're taking a ride aboard her magic school bus.
The Friz and her students stop at a park for lunch before arriving at the museum. Afterward, everyone goes back to the bus . . . except for Arnold! He's still sitting at a picnic table, daydreaming and eating a bag of Cheesie-Weesies. And before the class realizes what is happening, the bus shrinks to the size of a Cheesie-Weesie . . . where it is promptly downed in one gulp by Arnold!
"I thought we were going to the museum," says one student.
"There's been a slight change of plans," explains Ms. Frizzle. "We're being digested instead."
Why visit an exhibit about the human body when you have a magic school bus and a teacher like Ms. Frizzle who can take you directly to the source?
If "At the Waterworks" was like priming the pump, and "Inside the Earth" was like getting the ball rolling, "Inside the Human Body" is like plowing full-steam ahead.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Skordoulis on June 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. I got this book and wasn't sure if it would be to complicated for her. She loves it! I have ordered a few more Magic School Bus books and she can't get enough of them. She even drew a picture of her Daddy's red blood cells! It was hilarious. But best of all, she enjoys them so much. They are her favorite books and she is learning about science. I wish I had these when I was a kid.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on July 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I discovered these books when my son was 5 and we were in a trial year of homeschooling. Both of us were fascinated, by Ms. Frizzle, the magic shrinking bus, the fantastic field trips and funny Arnold.
The main text is good, the pictures are great and the comic book style conversations and binder paper reports on the sides of the pages are fabulous.
We both learned important things about the solar system, human body, water refineries, the earth and the ocean in a very fun, creative, imaginative and impressive way.
Read these books with any child you know, laughing and learning together!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Marks on July 7, 2002
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My son likes this book. It gives some good insights into germs and our bodies. he likes the entires Magic School Bus series - but this is one of his favorites. An easy read before bedtime - just the right length.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31, 2004
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Ms. Frizzle is taking her class on a memorable field trip through the human body in this entertaining book featuring the beloved eccentric teacher and her curious class. My only complaint is that the pages are so busy with information that it's impossible to sit and really read the whole book, but perhaps it's best to let a child's curiosity guide you through a number of readings rather than trying to get everything in at one sitting. Concepts are expressed clearly and with humor. Justly popular with young students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on August 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Magic School Bus is a popular, fun-filled science series in which a class of public-school students, led by the eccentric Ms. Frizzle, goes on magical field trips to new and unusual places. In this episode, their school bus shrinks to miniature size to be swallowed by one of the students. The rest of the class explores the inner workings of his body -- his intestines, circulatory system, nervous system, and respiratory system (at which point they are sneezed out and resume normal size). The action moves at a lively pace, with comic-book-style commentary by members of the class (we often skip the commentary for reading aloud, although it does provide an opportunity for discussion). At the end of each book, the class participates in a traditional review session of what they have learned, and the authors include a brief question-and-commentary section. Cole and Degen succeed quite well in making an elementary-level science lesson fun.

This series inspired a television program, which in turn inspired a second book series of significantly lesser quality. I recommend the original series, except for In the Time of the Dinosaurs, which includes a lot of evolutionary theory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thoughtful Reviewer on March 11, 2009
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I love this series. And more importantly, my 6 year old does, too. This Magic School Bus adventure is another hit. The Frizz and her school kids miss a few organ systems in their tour of the body, but its a good first visit. I'd love to see a return trip. Among the highlights of this book (and the entire Magic School Bus series) is that it works if you read just the main tale and dialogue, but it gets even richer if you read all the other stuff on the pages, too.
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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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