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The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip Paperback – January 1, 1999

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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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: AD490L (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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The book fascinated my five year old nephew; he wanted me to read it again once we finished it the first time. The science was accurate and the presentation was engaging. I was disappointed, however, that the make up of the characters in the book was not diverse. This school bus does not represent the make up of schools today!
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My five year old daughter and I love all these Magic School Bus books. I am a research scientist and my daughter spends a lot of time with me while I work. She loves learning new things from these books and gets a special kick out of it when I learn something new along with her. I highly recommend these books to anyone with small children.
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If you have a kid who's into electricity, this is a great book. My son just turned 4 and LOVES this book. I omit some of the portions (like the detailed explanation of an electromagnet), but we'll get there as he gets older. Just as a side note, if your child is really into electricity, also get the book "Wired," which explains electricity in a different way. The two books have little overlap and complement each other well. I got Wired for my son when he'd just turned 3 and, despite the high-tech nature of it, he was enthralled for the 20 minutes it took to read it!
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I got this book because my kids had questions about electricity that I didn't know the answers to. This book is captivating for my 4 year old, intriguing to my 6 year old, and a learning experience for mom! It's written like the show, they know all the characters and love the mini lessons that put together the bigger picture about what electricity is.
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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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My boy can't get enough of these magic school bus books. They are cleverly written with layers of detail, allowing you to make it a long read or a quicker read. I couldn't ask for a better way to make him look forward to kindergarten (although he will be disappointed when they don't have magical adventures!) And as a PhD scientist and former science teacher, I have not yet found an error in a dozen books. For the sticklers, they even debunk the pretend parts of the story at the end. This electricity one is great, and the senses one is superb (but long). My only quibble is that with the paperbacks, the pages soon fall right out. But they're good enough to tape em all back up!
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Last year I introduced my grandson to The Magic School Bus series and he's enjoyed every single book. However, this is his very favorite. It has sparked his curiosity and he and his electrical engineer grandfather have had long discussions ranging from amps to Ohms. We followed up with a snap-together circuit set for Christmas and he loved that, too. The Magic School Bus books make science and exploration fun.
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