The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body Paperback – Sep 17 1990
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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.
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If you have never read any of The Magic School Bus books to your children, they are missing out! These are amazing science picture books filled with fascinating facts!! Ms. Frizzle is a wacky teacher whose school bus possesses some magical abilities and is able to transform into different objects to take the children on exciting field trips! And these are not any type of field trips that you or I have ever taken!
In The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body, the school bus shrinks and is accidentally swallowed by Arnold, who is one of the students that dilly-dallied after their picnic and did not make it on the bus with the rest of the students. While Arnold is trying to figure out where his friends and teacher have gone, the class is having an amazing trip through Arnold's body and learning all about digestion and how our bodies get energy from the food we eat. They learn first-hand how food and blood travel through the body, the function of red and white blood cells, and how the brain and muscles work.
My kids love this educational series! There is also an animated television series on PBS that is based on these books, and we enjoy watching the episodes after we read each book.
MY RATING: 5 stars!! Highly recommended!
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.Read more ›
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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! Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Melissa Skordoulis
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. Read morePublished on July 7 2002 by Steven Marks
Very fun to read and educational. My daughter is 7 years old and she must have read it ten times. She only usually reads a book once!Published on May 20 2001 by Linda James
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