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Magic School Bus

A PBS TV show based on children's book series of same name by Joanna Cole

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Nostalgia is not really based in science, though Ms. Frizzle wishes it was.

  • Sep 29, 2009
Anyone who grew up in the 1990s will remember this wacky book series from Scholastic (book fairs?! Were'nt those the best?!) Well, PBS also created an animated children's show based on the popular series. The show is just like the book and follows a elementary school science class and their teacher Ms. Frizzle as they travel to unheard-of places to learn about the world.

I'm a little old for this now (shhh) so several facets of the show escape me BUT I do remember what I loved:

- Ms. Frizzle. Loving (but scatter-brained) red-haired teacher with the best clothing collection- A space suit patterned with the solar system, shoes adorned with minature frogs, and dresses printed with the sun and stars. All in the name of science! She had a pet chameleon too that would change colors to match whatever pattern she was wearing! Am I jealous of Ms. Frizzle?

- The settings for each show- I'll never be able to traverse the human body so why not see it on TV? Riding a boat down a human blood-stream, hopping on red blood cells, and getting lost in an ear canal. What a fun and interesting way to learn about science!

It's too bad I'm too old to watch this now (I'm not sure if its rerun anymore either...) but when I have children I'm definitely going to make them watch this.
Ms. Frizzle

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September 29, 2009
Oh man, I totally loved The Magic School Bus!  Right up there with Arthur.  Thanks for jogging back my memory to a little slice of childhood :)
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Quick Tip by . November 25, 2009
Miss this show so much! I've always wanted to ride on that bus and go on their crazy adventures.
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Based on the popular books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this television series combines fantasy with science education. Via her magical transforming school bus, Ms. Frizzle takes her curious and often doubting class "into" the natural and scientific worlds. Through their many science lessons, Arnold, Ralphie, Wanda, and the rest of the class travel to outer space, under the sea, and even go through Ralphie's digestive system. Lily Tomlin marvelously captures the energy and mystery of Ms. Frizzle as she was characterized in the Magic School Bus books. The Magic School Bus appeals to children of various ages, as the colorful animation and silly antics of Liz and the bus entertain preschoolers, whilst older children enjoy learning how things work from the inside out. ~ Heather M. Fierst, All Movie Guide Close

The Magic School Bus features the antics of Ms. Frizzle and her class of eight children (in the original books, the class population was at a larger and more standard amount), who board a magical school bus which takes them on field trips into the solar system, under the Earth, into the human body, or to other such impossible locations. The books were written in the first person from the point of view of an unnamed student in "the Friz's" class. The class pet, Liz, an anthropomorphic lizard, accompanied the class on their field trips.

Since the Magic School Bus books present scientific facts in the form of stories in which fantastic things happen ...
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