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4.0 out of 5 stars The Magic School Plane!, April 19, 2010
This review is from: The Magic School Bus And The Climate Challenge (Hardcover)
Description
Like it or not, global warming is a hot topic, and it will affect the younger generation the most. So why not turn to the teacher kids like the most, Ms. Frizzle! Only the Friz can boil all the hoopla down to the scientific facts in a fun and informative way.
With trademark simplicity and wit, Joanna Cole explains why the earth is getting warmer, and Bruce Degen's bright, action-filled illustrations make the science easy to understand and fun to learn. This team brings a new, improved understanding to climate change, engaging kids and empowering all. Teachers will cheer!
Kids already love the Magic School Bus, and the love to do what's right by the planet. At last, a way to teach the curriculum and make an impact!

My Thoughts
The Magic School Bus books never disappoint. I'm glad the author chose to tackle the subject of climate change, especially when there are so many people who don't believe that a problem exists. What I like the most, besides the funny Ms. Frizzle and her smart, smart students, is that it provides opportunities for children to get involved by making small changes right at home. Plus, the illustrations are awesome. And Frizz's outfits are super wacky; I suppose she's a fashionista in her own way!
Lulu, my 6 year old, likes to see the kids preparing for the school play. She says the book should be called the Magic School Plane!
Coco, age 4, likes the air clothes dryer, and the little boy who conserves by not doing his homework!
About the Author
Joanna Cole loved science as a child. "I always enjoyed explaining things and writing reports for school. I had a teacher who was a little like Ms. Frizzle. She loved her subject. Every week she had a child do an experiment in front of the room and I wanted to be that child every week," she recalls. It's no surprise that Cole's favorite book as a child was Bugs, Insects, and Such.
Ms. Cole has worked as an elementary school teacher, a librarian, and a children's book editor. Combining her knowledge of children's literature with her love of science, she decided to write children's books.

About the Illustrator
Mr. Degen has written and illustrated several books among them Jamberry and Sailaway Home, and he has illustrated Nancy White Carlstrom's Jesse Bear books and Jane Yolen's Commander Toad series, in addition to The Magic School Bus books. "The nice thing about books is that they go out into the world. When a kid, parent, or teacher tells you how much he or she likes your book, you realize that you've given something that has become part of someone else's life," Degen says.
Alijah: she liked that the kids were painting, getting ready for the play. Liked when the wings broke off and they landed in the swimming attention and ms frizzle wasn't paying attention; she likes the wind turbines
Courtney: air dryer; she liked the boy conserving by not doing his homework.

In exchange for an honest review, I was provided with a review copy of this book.
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