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Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt Paperback – July 1, 2003

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Ms. Frizzle, science teacher extraordinaire (in the tremendously popular Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen), parachutes into social studies in the first of the new series from the same creative pair. On the first day of school vacation, the inimitable, redheaded Ms. Frizzle joins a tour group bound for Egypt. When the plane trip gets too monotonous, Ms. Frizzle invites the group to jump ship with her. Somehow, tour guide Herb ends up in contemporary Cairo, while everyone else lands in ancient Egypt! Here's where Ms. Frizzle's teaching skills come in handy. By the end of the vacation, members of the tour group--and readers--have learned more about mummies, pyramids, Re the sun god, and ancient Egyptian's teeth than they ever imagined.

With their familiar blend of information sharing and humor, Cole and Degen present what might in any other format be an overwhelming amount of information in a lively, entertaining, easy-to-absorb style. Full-color cartoon-style text and illustrations allow readers to explore Egypt even as Ms. Frizzle and her inadvertent students do the same. Witty asides take the shape of travel diaries, postcards home, and messages on Herb's megaphone ("I'm the tour guide!", "Help! I lost my tour group!"). Ms. Frizzle's sly pretended ignorance at times also makes for high hilarity. "I can't imagine how that happened. Can you?" she says, after the airplane door somehow swings open. If only all education was this much fun! (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fans of The Magic School Bus will enjoy Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole, illus. by Bruce Degen. In this, the first of a new social studies/history series, the offbeat educator takes a vacation and winds up taking over her Cairo-bound tour group. Word balloons, "travel diary" entries and plucky sidebars teach readers about the ancient alphabet, mummification and daily life in this fascinating civilization.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: Magic School Bus
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590446819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590446815
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! I got this book when I was 4 3/4 and I am now 13 1/2 years old and it's still wonderful!!! It shows wonderful examples of hieroglyphs and demotic writing!!! It shows you detailed pictures of an Egyptian market, scribes house, and tells you how mummys were made!!! After reading I ( to my mom's extreme annoyance) turned our basement in to an Egyptian town, and you can imangine what I went as that Halloween!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on September 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This new adventure with the loving teacher Ms. Frizzle will enchant kids of all ages. Splendidly illustrated with accurate details, this book is a delight to read: funny, informative, colorful, clear and comprehensive. An excellent, highly recommended book for children ages 8 to 12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LBart on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book really disappointed my child and myself. I am not sure what age of the intended audience for this book was but the sentences were on the advanced level of an easy reader. I expect more from a Magic School Bus book.

Magic School Bus books go into a very appropriate depth for a child. This book did not. It also painted a rosy picture of life in Ancient Egypt. I realize a kids book shouldn't be depressing but it shouldn't make it seem like the Ancient Egyptians had an easy life. The flooding of the Nile each year wasn't even mentioned. This flooding cycle had a great affect on the daily life of the Ancient Egyptians.

All in all, if you would like a book on Ancient Egypt that shows your child a realistic portrayal of Ancient Egyptian life, this is NOT the book for you. This is a fictional story book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Molini on February 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
My 4 yr old finds The Magic School Bus TV show very entertaining. Egyptology is his newest passion & Ms. Frizzle makes it fun & entertaining. The pics are great & very usefull for "I Spy".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Marie on June 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the BEST all around children's book for Ancient Egypt. It's rich with illustrations and informational text! Of all the children's books we are reading for our Ancient Egypt homeschool unit {about 30}, this is by far my second grader's favorite.

Unlike the Magic School Bus series, his book focuses only on Ms. Frizzle {no kids, no bus} and her adventures in Ancient Egypt. My daughter has used this book's instructions to make a kit mummy and for guidance in coloring an Egyptian deity flip book. I have no doubt we'll find many other uses for it as well.

What I love is that this book explains history in a way that children can understand but without diluting the information. It is DENSE with information! It includes topics such as daily life, farming, types of artisans and craftspeople, scribes and writing, pyramids and how they were built, gods and goddesses, clothing, feasts/banquets, and art. Whew, that was a comprehensive list ;)

Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Doing a unit on Ancient Egypt this Summer, and was THRILLED to see this book at the library. I wish they had made a video too! My kids love it. Ms. Frizzle is her usual self sans the class. She's taking a vacation in Egypt during Summer break but just can't let go of being a teacher. She jumps out of the plane on the way there and the other passengers become her students. They go back in time thanks to Ms. Frizz's Time Travel Watch. Great illustrations, captions. Very historically faithful and fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monika Plume on September 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I love the magic school bus and these large format, hard cover versions are even more fun. My daughter loves this.
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Format: Paperback
Granted, there's a lot to tell about Ancient Egypt, so trying to write a survey book for young children is going to be a daunting task for any writer - even Joanna Cole!

We used it as a fun introduction to the time/place as we begin a couple of weeks' learning about ancient Egypt and I think it was good for that. Perfect? Nope. Sufficient? Yup.

I *do* love traveling with the Frizz! : )
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