Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China (Magic School Bus Series)

Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China (Magic School Bus Series)

by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen

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Overview


There's no denying the Frizzle magic! The zany teacher is at her best as she journey's to ancient China. Full of historical and cultural facts, this book is a learning adventure -- and a lot of fun!

Is it magic? Ms. Frizzle, Wanda, and Arnold simply duck under the dragon at the local Chinese New Year's parade, and they are mysteriously whisked back in time to ancient China! They arrive in a village where the farmers are in trouble. The Friz and friends vow to go to the capital to get the emperor's help. On their journey, they learn how silk is made, travel on the Grand Canal, and see the Great Wall under construction. But will they fulfill their mission to help the farmers?

Cole and Degen relay a bounty of facts with charm and humor as they bring the majesty of imperial China to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590108225
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2005
Series: Magic School Bus Series
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 12.42(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the author and illustrator of the Magic School Bus books, have collaborated for twenty years, bringing humor and true kidlike curiosity to science and learning. Booklist heralded Ms. Frizzle as "the wackiest, wisest teacher in picture books." Two MSB titles have been named School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and they have won countless state book awards, from New York to Nebraska.

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Ms. Frizzle's Adventures Imperial China (Magic School Bus Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ngajasmine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it tells you about chinese history as well afantastic book to read
jdurand on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is from the creators of The Magic School Bus. It is set on a class trip in China lead by Ms. Frizzle. The book is full of fun facts about China, including everyday and ancient customs. The book is illustrated in the cartoon format like the TV Show. The book receives 3 out of 5 because it lacks scientific content and can be hard to follow, but is still fun and interesting for a child.
jamiesque on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China, from the creators of Magic School Bus, serves as a wonderful first foray into Chinese culture. There is a fictional narrative which intertwines with various facts and information regarding China. The book seems less dense and thus more manageable than some of the Magic School Bus books, yet provides ample information. The comic book style of the book is both visually appealing and easy to read. The current,progressing, fictional story line runs across the top of the pages, while facts and figure ranging from how to read Chinese to using chopsticks and planting rice, is segregated in a panel at the bottom of the page. The nonfictional element usually occur in step by step 'how to' frames. The content is balanced. The author veers away from comparing The East and The West, and rather celebrates what makes China great. Throughout the book, the author enumerates the creativity of Chinese art and inventions via vivid examples. In the back of the book is a page which serves as a disclaimer, stating that lots of information was left out and that the authors took liberties with some facts. The best part of the book was the prompting to continue fact finding about China in other books.
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miss Frizzle and a sparse fraction of her students spend the afternoon in Imperial China, still making it back to present day in time to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Miss Frizzle¿s point of view narrative is encapsulated within white boxes set aside from both the character dialogue and from the additional information presented at the bottom of the page. This three-way segregation of information complicates the tale in a way which fragments the reader¿s attention. The storyline employs the somewhat unfortunate plot device of the mainly Caucasian group of outsiders helping to save the day for a non-white culture. However, this text does serve as a strong introduction to Imperial China, diagramming many elements of Chinese culture such as calligraphy, silk making, and rice harvesting, while also listing to the reader the extensive contributions of inventions that originated in Imperial China. The inclusion of an authentic Chinese poem gives readers a taste of non-Western poetry. Both the poem and subject research are listed in a front acknowledgements statement, verifying that Cole did sufficient research when constructing the text. Degen¿s illustrations have evolved from the Magic School Bus series to contain less shadow graduation and appear more cartoonish. The background and artifacts described employ more detail, such as the many illustrations of the Chinese landscape, such as rice patties, marketplace, and the Great Wall of China. These illustrations are created using brush, ink, pen, and gouache. This non-fiction social studies text is recommended for children ages seven to ten.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old son loves all of the Magic School Bus books - regular, chapter and Ms Frizzle's adventures. They present a fun way to learn about science. It always amazes me when something we read pops up in conversation. They have so much information that he may even be able to go back and use these for book reports later.