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The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs Paperback – August 1, 1995

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Readers eager to hop aboard Ms. Frizzle's bus for another junket will not be disappointed by this latest expedition. It's visitor's day at school and the students have turned the classroom into Dinosaur Land, but the impulsive teacher nevertheless announces a dinosaur dig, and the class piles onto the magic school bus. At the site, paleontologists have uncovered the bones of some Maiasaura dinosaurs, but are disappointed that they haven't found any nests. With a characteristic gleam in her eye, Ms. Frizzle asks, "Want to look for some Maiasaura nests, kids?"--and the bus becomes a time machine transporting the class back millions of years. They make stops in the Late Triassic Period, the Late Jurassic Period, the Late Cretaceous Period and, finally, the Cretaceous Period, where they discover a Maiasaura nesting ground. In exploring each era, the students examine various dinosaur species' habits and habitats, diets and physical characteristics. As always, Cole's text and Degen's art are fastidiously researched and exuberantly presented on creatively crowded pages. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-Preparations for Visitors Day in Room 101 come to a sudden halt when Ms. Frizzle receives an invitation to a dinosaur dig. With a twist of a dial, the Magic School Bus becomes a time machine hurtling through prehistory, stopping at various points in the Mesozoic Era so the class can observe flora and fauna, shoot a video, make smart remarks, and generate the usual blizzard of written reports. Readers may be confused to read on one page that reptiles are cold-blooded and that dinosaurs were a kind of a reptile, and on the next that some may have been warm-blooded; otherwise, Cole mixes up-to-date facts and general statements with virtuoso skill, stirring in plenty of jokes, small subplots, and flights of fancy. One gruesome scene aside, Degen's full-color illustrations enhance both the humor and the information, featuring maps, charts, actual-size drawings of fossil teeth, plenty of dinos in action, and Ms. Frizzle's famous, ever-startling wardrobe. Climb aboard-there's never a dull moment with "the Friz" at the wheel!-John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590446894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590446891
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is not surprising that this is one of the best-selling children`s science series`. My five-year-old loves the pictures and story, while the seven-year-old also appreciates the plethora of facts, as well. The engaging and humorous text is packed with information and complemented by lively and amusing illustrations. The boys love the cartoon bubbles and the short "reports" by the kids in the story. The indomitable teacher, Ms Frizzle and her morphing wardrobe challenges her students on these amazing fieldtrips.
IN THE TIME OF THE DINOSAURS is about: dinosaurs and fossils. Obviously too broad a subject to cover thoroughly in this slim volume, but there`s plenty to whet the appetite. There is a real paleontologist at a real dig. And the bus turns into a time machine. The colorful charts and final class display keep us in perspective. The kids always have questions about something. Thank you Ms Frizzle, Ms Cole, and Mr Degen for answering and encouraging them.
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My son, who is 3 and a half, loves this book. Everytime we go to the library he asks to borrow it again. It's time to own it now.
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As if Ms. Frizzle's field trips weren't time-consuming enough, now she's decided to take her class back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Has the Friz gone mad? Who knows what kind of animals stalked the very land we stand on millions of years ago? This joyful journey to the Jurassic could end up a perilous predicament in the past!
Written in 1994, "The Magic School Bus: In the Time of the Dinosaurs" is yet another wonderful collaboration between Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It's Visitor's Day in Ms. Frizzle's class. Parents, relatives and friends are coming to see the students' work in all things dinosaurs. But not before the Friz makes a special announcement.
"Our class has been invited to a dinosaur dig," she informs her students. "We'll be leaving right away."
And, just like all the other field trips Ms. Frizzle has taken, this one ends up being bigger than originally planned. So big, in fact, it can only be described in prehistoric terms!
The students learn all about fossils (anything left from ancient animals or plants), as well as the scientists who study them (paleontologists). They also get to see how these scientists go about their work, using chisels and shovels and burlap and plaster. Then the real adventure begins when the Friz suggests to the class that they all go looking for some Maiasaura nests. And the only way to do that, of course, is to blast into the past!
Students will recognize some of the more well-known dinosaurs featured in this tale - Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. But they will also be introduced to lesser-known plants and animals from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods - Cycads, Ferns, Elasmosaurus, and Lambeosaurus.
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We are big fans of the Magic School Bus series. We have a three year old. He doesn't sit for the entire book all at once. Each page has a ton of information to read and discuss. An older child could probably sit for the whole book but younger ones it may take a few days.
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The Magic School Bus series is such a great combo of fun, science and learning. These books were purchased for my son many years ago, and my youngest (five and seven) are now enjoying them. They pull out a Magic School Bus book almost every night at bedtime! Now that my seven year old has begun reading on her own, I find her curled up with a Magic School Bus book all the time. All titles are worth the purchase, and I highly recommend this series for all children! They provide great reference as they get a little older, too!
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One of the best magic school bus books! I love the series, so much info packed into a fun story with great pictures. This explores not just dinosaurs, but prehistory (ages or epochs or whatever they are called). Perfect bedtime reading length- long enough to settle down but short enough so I am not yawning too.
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This series of Magic School Bus Books will never disappoint. I think I enjoy them as much as my grandchildren enjoy me reading them. There is always something fun to learn in these books along with great adventure.
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Good used condition. I failed to read that it was a paperback so I was a lil disappointed that it was not a hard cover when it arrived but that is my fault. Plus you can't beat Magic School Bus for under $10. Yay me. The kids love it.
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