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Ms. Frizzle Helps Kids "See the Light"!

Kids will get a charge - and lots of solid science - out of The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip, the latest in the popular series from Scholastic, Inc.

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Take a tour inside a beehive, inside the human body, or deep inside Earth!

Those are just a few of the places that Ms. Frizzle and her students have taken readers of the Magic School Bus series.

The very latest in the series of science adventures -- released this month by publisher Scholastic, Inc. -- takes readers on a rollicking ride through electric power lines, into the fiery furnace of a power plant, and inside a vacuum cleaner! Kids will get a charge out of Ms. Frizzle and the gang in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip.

The Electric Field Trip's pages are jam-packed with information -- and fun. The pages are full of activities that kids can do on their own, or that would make nice additions to any teacher's energy or electricity science units. Journey with the kids in Ms. Frizzle's class as they make a list of things in their classroom that use electricity, as they discover atoms, and as they build a mini-power plant.

Important lessons on electricity safety are highlighted throughout the book.

And it's all done in Ms. Frizzle's inimitable style, a unique blend of solid science and tongue-in-cheek humor. The kids will love the jokes and the plays on words that are Ms. Frizzle's signature -- and they'll be learning while they laugh! There's a slight dose of smart aleck in Ms. Frizzle's troupe, the kind of stuff kids love. When a storm results in a power blackout, for instance, one wise little one pipes up "Where are those electrons when you need them?"

The humor carries over into the illustrations too. You have to chuckle at the illustration that accompanies the text "electrons run through the wire." The illustration shows tiny little electrons scampering through wires as fast as their little legs will carry them!

Journey with Ms. Frizzle as her magic school bus transforms into a coal company dump truck. Her young charges tumble down the coal chute and land in the power plant's flaming furnace. ("Did anyone bring hot dogs?") Then the kids journey "full steam ahead" through the steam pipes and into the turbine. The fun makes the complex science of electricity palatable -- and understandable. Even for young kids.

The book closes with more fun -- a quick quiz, a game board, and a list of possible projects. And readers are invited to mimic the student's "reports" shown in the book's margins as they investigate topics of interest, including how batteries store energy, why water makes electricity extra dangerous, and why you should never, never fly kites near a power line.


The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip is available in bookstores nationwide. If you don't find it, ask your bookseller to order it for you.

Check out Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus pages of Scholastic's Web site. There you can read the latest info about The Magic School Bus TV episodes and about other books in the series, including At the Waterworks, Inside a Beehive, Inside a Hurricane, and Inside the Earth.

Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World® Editor-in-Chief
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