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To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle's class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together. Readers will be abuzz with know To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle's class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together. Readers will be abuzz with knowledge as they discover how honeybees find food; make a comb, honey, and beeswax; and care for their young, all from the bee's perspective.


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To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle's class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together. Readers will be abuzz with know To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Scholastic is re-releasing the ten original Magic School Bus titles in paperback. With updated scientific information, the bestselling science series ever is back! When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle's class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together. Readers will be abuzz with knowledge as they discover how honeybees find food; make a comb, honey, and beeswax; and care for their young, all from the bee's perspective.

30 review for The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy Zach

    Now the Magic School Bus is a bee--and so are the children and Ms. Frizzle. But how will they get past the guard bees? Only by being bees--acting just like them. Exercising their extreme creativity, author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degan thoroughly explore a beehive and the life cycle of bees: workers, queens, and drones. You'll learn more than you expect. Now the Magic School Bus is a bee--and so are the children and Ms. Frizzle. But how will they get past the guard bees? Only by being bees--acting just like them. Exercising their extreme creativity, author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degan thoroughly explore a beehive and the life cycle of bees: workers, queens, and drones. You'll learn more than you expect.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    FS: "It all began when Ms. Frizzle showed our class a filmstrip about the human body." LS: (In notebook.) FS: "It all began when Ms. Frizzle showed our class a filmstrip about the human body." LS: (In notebook.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I don't even care that I'm older, the Magic School Bus series is AWESOME. These are great for kids and just as cool for adults. I spent the greater part of a dinner with my boyfriend discussing how newborn queen bees kill each other until only one is left thanks to this book. Seriously. I don't even care that I'm older, the Magic School Bus series is AWESOME. These are great for kids and just as cool for adults. I spent the greater part of a dinner with my boyfriend discussing how newborn queen bees kill each other until only one is left thanks to this book. Seriously.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lynch

    So my oldest loves this book, but it's pretty grim, featuring a fight to the death between two potential queen bees. I took a star off for the lack of warning label that this book goes all GAME OF THRONES. So my oldest loves this book, but it's pretty grim, featuring a fight to the death between two potential queen bees. I took a star off for the lack of warning label that this book goes all GAME OF THRONES.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marla Hux

    Tried and true, a classic series! The Magic School Bus inside a Bee Hive is a great science fiction books to get first through fourth grade students hooked on science. In this book, Mrs. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip into a bee hive. The magic school bus transforms into a bee itself and the students get to experience life inside the hive first hand. The class learns about the hierarchy of the hives, the jobs of various bees and how to thrive and survive. The book includes great vocabu Tried and true, a classic series! The Magic School Bus inside a Bee Hive is a great science fiction books to get first through fourth grade students hooked on science. In this book, Mrs. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip into a bee hive. The magic school bus transforms into a bee itself and the students get to experience life inside the hive first hand. The class learns about the hierarchy of the hives, the jobs of various bees and how to thrive and survive. The book includes great vocabulary while covering complex science topics in a way that is not so overwhelming for younger readers. This book, and all those within the Magic School Bus series, provide a great introduction to a new science unit. It is exciting and filled with facts the students can gleam before diving deeper into the subject. During this time the students can pose discussion questions, fill out a class wide KWL chart, and build a strong word bank. Students can draw and label a bee hive, highlighting all the different bee jobs. They can also use it as a jumping off point to write their own experiences in the magic school bus while they explore another habitat or animal itself. This book is not very lengthy but provides great content to support a science lesson and also is very engaging for students. Mrs. Frizzle makes science seem way more creative and fun than most trade books or text book excerpts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Brown

    The Magic School Bus Bee Hive by Joanna Cole, the genre for this book is Science Fiction. The audience is gear toward 3rd – 5th graders. Science Fiction is my favorite subject, I rated this book with five stars because The Magic School Bus with teacher Mrs. Frizzle and class gives detail descriptions of, as Mrs. Frizzle said, “a Bee dazzling process,” what its actually like to be a Bee and develop and process honey in the Bee hive. The plot, Mrs. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip to experi The Magic School Bus Bee Hive by Joanna Cole, the genre for this book is Science Fiction. The audience is gear toward 3rd – 5th graders. Science Fiction is my favorite subject, I rated this book with five stars because The Magic School Bus with teacher Mrs. Frizzle and class gives detail descriptions of, as Mrs. Frizzle said, “a Bee dazzling process,” what its actually like to be a Bee and develop and process honey in the Bee hive. The plot, Mrs. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip to experience how Bee’s make honey. Mrs. Frizzle and children changed into Bees to experience first hand the life of a Bee and the process of finding nectar to make honey in a Bee Hive. The realize that the process of finding nectar from flowers isn’t an easy task for the Bee because flowers had been depleted of their nectar by other Bees when it’s late In the season. The illustration was colorful with lots of pictures on each page with dialog boxes and specific drawing of the settings. The main setting took place in the air where they were Bee’s flying around looking for flowers to make nectar and then produce honey for the honey cone. Theme: Bees make Bee hives and the book was very easy to read. Magic school bus Bee Hive would appeal to the young reader because of the detailed illustration and simplistic use of language.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Ray

    Ms. Frizzle takes her class on yet another exciting field trip, this time to a beekeeper. With every book they have to shift into something new to fit in and the bus becomes a hive with the students and Ms. Frizzle as bees. One of the first requirements was to bring pollen to the guard bees in order to be let into the hives. In order to get pollen, they sprayed themselves with pheromone to allow them to communicate. After giving the guards their pollen, they were able to explore honeycombs, quee Ms. Frizzle takes her class on yet another exciting field trip, this time to a beekeeper. With every book they have to shift into something new to fit in and the bus becomes a hive with the students and Ms. Frizzle as bees. One of the first requirements was to bring pollen to the guard bees in order to be let into the hives. In order to get pollen, they sprayed themselves with pheromone to allow them to communicate. After giving the guards their pollen, they were able to explore honeycombs, queen bees, the transformation process from nectar to honey, and how pees grow. With detailed illustrations are funny but pretty accurate and detailed to give a mostly realistic picture about the topic of discussion in the story. The illustrations also show reports from the students about bees which help to further explain the information. Before they change back into the school bus and go back to school, a bear attacks the hive to eat some honey, which scares Ralphie. Ms. Frizzle saves the day and they are immediately back to normal. These books are a great and fun way to learn new and valuable information as opposed to reading a textbook. This would be a good book for readers 6-10. This would just be useful in the classroom to share information about bees before students select an insect/ animal to do research a create a small report/factual story on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ally Ferring

    The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive is an amazing informational book by Joanna Cole. The class took a field trip to visit a beekeeper and his bee hives because they had just studied different types of insects. On the way to the beehives suddenly, the bus shrunk, and the class looked like bees and the bus was a beehive. To be able to get into the hives, they had to get bee food, pollen. They sprayed bee pheromone on themselves, gave the pollen to the guard bees, and could get in. They explored The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive is an amazing informational book by Joanna Cole. The class took a field trip to visit a beekeeper and his bee hives because they had just studied different types of insects. On the way to the beehives suddenly, the bus shrunk, and the class looked like bees and the bus was a beehive. To be able to get into the hives, they had to get bee food, pollen. They sprayed bee pheromone on themselves, gave the pollen to the guard bees, and could get in. They explored the beehive and saw how the bees communicate, saw how beeswax was shaped into comb, saw how the nectar was turned into honey, saw how they tended to the queen, fed the larvae, learned the transition from egg to adult bee, and they saw how queen bees come to be. After all of this, a bear attacked the hive, and so they left the beehive, and when they got back to school, the bus became full sized. Overall, I thought this book was great to teach all about bees and beehives. Not only was the text informational, but the illustrations by Bruce Degen, also are informational. The illustrations are very detailed, and have notes, dialogue, and drawings the children did that has tons of information throughout the story. This would be great for children age 7-12.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    More Magic School Bus after a days hiatus and this time they go inside q bee hive, hence the title I guess, so no spoilers there!! Anyway another blend of the fictional school and bus with educational information this time about bees and honey. Again very wordy, with lots of stuff happening on every page, but this would give the younger reader time to pore over the book and read it over and over again and learn more about the subject.

  10. 5 out of 5

    SaraKat

    Great facts about the bee hives. I thought it was a little less informative than most of the other MSB books, and the humor was more sparse. This was my least favorite of the series so far. And this book is too early to include anything about colony collapses and I think any book on bees nowadays needs to have some information about bee conservation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan Nauman

    In this story, the whole class shrinks down to the sizeof a bee to learn more about them! This adventure pulls you right along with them as the explore the inside of a beehive. The illustrations are wacky as always, and the story itself is so much fun. This one definitely pulls you in, while teaching you something in the process.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maxym

    Maxym says: "I really enjoyed this book because I learned a lot of facts about bees. For example, bees don't talk, they use pheromones to communicate. Also, bees make small boxes called cells for pollen and nectar to make honey, and also for baby bees called pupa to grow into bees." Maxym says: "I really enjoyed this book because I learned a lot of facts about bees. For example, bees don't talk, they use pheromones to communicate. Also, bees make small boxes called cells for pollen and nectar to make honey, and also for baby bees called pupa to grow into bees."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    The magic school bus book was very informative about bees and how they help the world and the type of bees there are. book can be used when doing a lesson about bees. playful book and informative. Book should be used with older children since it is longer and a lot of words.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Benedict Randhawa

    This book is about Honey Bee and Queen of bee . How she is very important role making honey. She is very strong. And the book have some good picture.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    People of all ages can enjoy and learn from this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I enjoyed this book because I like Magic School Bus books. I did not like this book because I did not like the part when Ms. Frizzle and her class went into the beehive. I do not like bees.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Boggala Benedict

    Great book for children.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Morlando K

    We love the Magic School Bus series. These books are so informative and visually appealing for readers of all ages.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Simonin

    Super informative alongside the story. Definitely a good resource to have in a classroom.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    Learned all about bees. Kids loved it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Malia Gaddis

    Summary: The book tells the story of a firsthand experience from the inside of the beehive. Ms. Frizzle wants the kids to understand and play the role of a bee within the beehive. Evaluation: The book is extremely informational with many detailed pictures and illustrations around the edges of the pictures. This series is harder to read during a read aloud and include every fact, so it would be easier to watch, but the book includes details about the entire life of a bee. Teaching: This book coul Summary: The book tells the story of a firsthand experience from the inside of the beehive. Ms. Frizzle wants the kids to understand and play the role of a bee within the beehive. Evaluation: The book is extremely informational with many detailed pictures and illustrations around the edges of the pictures. This series is harder to read during a read aloud and include every fact, so it would be easier to watch, but the book includes details about the entire life of a bee. Teaching: This book could be used when teaching about insects or about habitats. The book is filled with many interesting facts throughout a thrill ride to help students better understand the world around them. The students will walk away with enough knowledge to explain the life of a bee and their life in a beehive.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    It was a beautiful Spring day, and Ms. Frizzle's class was studying insects. On this particular afternoon, they were taking a close look at honey bees. While waiting for the beekeeper to come present some useful information, Ms. Frizzle's elbow accidently knocks into a "strange little lever". In the blink of an eye the school bus turns into a beehive, and all the children are bees themselves! The children learn how to obtain nectar, pack pollen, and use their antennaes to feel and smell. Did you It was a beautiful Spring day, and Ms. Frizzle's class was studying insects. On this particular afternoon, they were taking a close look at honey bees. While waiting for the beekeeper to come present some useful information, Ms. Frizzle's elbow accidently knocks into a "strange little lever". In the blink of an eye the school bus turns into a beehive, and all the children are bees themselves! The children learn how to obtain nectar, pack pollen, and use their antennaes to feel and smell. Did you know that bees dance to help them find food faster? This is another wonderful fact the students learn through their bee adventure. They work hard to make honey when all of the sudden a bear comes along to eat it! Before they find themselves in too much danger, Ms. Frizzle restores everything "back to normal". You can't go wrong with any of Joanna Cole's creative adventure books with Ms. Frizzle. I believe every child wishes they had Ms. Frizzle as their teacher. Wouldn't it be nice if we could educate students with live experiences? I certainly believe this book is the next best option. The story line in istelf lends a plethera of information, but the book is further enhanced with "student reports" presented on the side of almost every page. "How Bees Make Comb By: Rachel" or "Why Does a Larva Eat a Lot By: Arnold". My favorite part of the story comes at the conclusion. Without directly stating, Ms. Frizzle's dress provides a clue of where the children will find themselves next... The only issue a reader might have with this book is the tremendous amount of illustrations and shapes within one page. The conversation bubbles and side reports could be a possible distraction and confusing to a child trying to figure out an order to reading. Bruce Degen creates bright, comic book style illustrations that are appropriate for the audience intended. His vivid imagination for Ms. Frizzle's attire deserves great respect.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bernhard

    The Magic School bus series is an exciting way to learn about topics they may not always be the easiest to learn about. These books bring light to topics and allow the reading to interact with the information. Throughout this story Ms Frizzle's class is transformed into bee size and get an inside look of bee life and beehives. The text is very good for presenting a lot of information in a way that doesn't lose the readers attention. Each page is filled with speech bubbles about what the students The Magic School bus series is an exciting way to learn about topics they may not always be the easiest to learn about. These books bring light to topics and allow the reading to interact with the information. Throughout this story Ms Frizzle's class is transformed into bee size and get an inside look of bee life and beehives. The text is very good for presenting a lot of information in a way that doesn't lose the readers attention. Each page is filled with speech bubbles about what the students have to say which gives the reader something to relate to because it might be what they were thinking or what they would say in the situation. Also the pages contain diagrams that introduce additional information such as different kinds of insects and information about them, fun facts about the topic, parts of the flower, parts of beehives, and an abundance of other interesting information that relates to beehives. I love how easy this book is to relate to because the information is presented from the characters which are students. The end of the book summarizes things throughout the book that can not happen in real life. Inside a Beehive is a very accurate portrayal of factual information. The pages of the book are very full and the information is presented in many different ways but I think it is clear enough that the information is organized so the reader can learn many facts. I think the design of the book is very appealing and accessible to children. It is very clear that the suthor is enthusiastic about the topic and this is very important because I think this generates more interest in the reader. Magic School Bus books stick out to be the most because the information is presented in a unique way that can be set aside from a lot of other informational books. I would use this book in the classroom as a resource for student's research. I could also use to book to accompany a lesson about a variety of topics involving insects and pollination.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Koerner

    Grade/interest level: PreK-3rd Reading level: 520L Genre: Information text, nonfiction, adventure, humor Main Characters: Ms. Frizzle Setting: The classroom, the bus, a beehive POV: dialogue and narrator Summary: The book starts with Ms. Frizzle’s class looking at insects in the classroom. Ms. Frizzle decides it is time for the students to see firsthand what it is like to live as a bee. They all climb aboard the Magic School Bus and are turned in to bees. On each page there is a paper written by a stud Grade/interest level: PreK-3rd Reading level: 520L Genre: Information text, nonfiction, adventure, humor Main Characters: Ms. Frizzle Setting: The classroom, the bus, a beehive POV: dialogue and narrator Summary: The book starts with Ms. Frizzle’s class looking at insects in the classroom. Ms. Frizzle decides it is time for the students to see firsthand what it is like to live as a bee. They all climb aboard the Magic School Bus and are turned in to bees. On each page there is a paper written by a student about a bee or a beehive. The students have wings to fly from flower to flower gathering pollen. The class goes in to a manmade beehive filled with bees, honey, and honeycomb. The students learn about the parts of a beehive and have a chance to taste fresh honey. They also learn about the different jobs bees have such as a worker bee, a queen bee, and a larvae. A bear comes and pesters the hive so the class gets back on the shrunken bus that flies them back to school. The class returns to school filled with knowledge of bees. Class use: This book can be used in younger grades when teaching about insects in science. These books are filled with fun facts that are mixed in to a silly story about children getting turned into bees so they can experience life as a bee, first hand.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I love, love, love The Magic School Bus, both the television show and the books. They're a fun, educational way to get children interested in and learning about science and the world around them. They definitely teach me a thing or two along the way as well. ;) In this edition Ms. Fizzle takes the class on a field trip to a beehive so they can observe honeybees. They also discuss other insects and there are great illustrations of bugs and the different varieties of bees. There are 20,000 differen I love, love, love The Magic School Bus, both the television show and the books. They're a fun, educational way to get children interested in and learning about science and the world around them. They definitely teach me a thing or two along the way as well. ;) In this edition Ms. Fizzle takes the class on a field trip to a beehive so they can observe honeybees. They also discuss other insects and there are great illustrations of bugs and the different varieties of bees. There are 20,000 different kinds of bees for example. Buzz! I love when the bus shrinks and turns into a little beehive and they all come out dressed as bees. Too cute. What's great about these books is that each page is full of information and interesting facts about whatever topic they're currently studying. There are great diagrams and the facts often times appear in the corner written on lined paper like a student would write on. These books have been around since I was a kid and I still get such a kick out of them! They're perfect for school age children and cover such a wide range of topics. *Disclaimer: I love the original Magic School Bus books written by Joanna Cole. There are newer ones by different authors that I haven't read so I'm not sure if they're as good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a mix between fiction and non-fiction. It's an educational book about bees that we found in the non-fiction section. But, of course, the parts of the story where the class shrinks down and becomes bees to explore the hive is fiction. It's a difficult book to read aloud because it's more like a graphic novel, with all of the dialogue balloons, text, and scattered info tidbits across each page. But our girls really enjoyed it and I think they'll enjoy reading more of these, especially as t This is a mix between fiction and non-fiction. It's an educational book about bees that we found in the non-fiction section. But, of course, the parts of the story where the class shrinks down and becomes bees to explore the hive is fiction. It's a difficult book to read aloud because it's more like a graphic novel, with all of the dialogue balloons, text, and scattered info tidbits across each page. But our girls really enjoyed it and I think they'll enjoy reading more of these, especially as they get older and can read them on their own. We've borrowed this book a couple of times from the library. Our girls love the Magic School Bus series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book is a mix between fiction and nonfiction. The students and teacher shrink down and turn into bees (fiction.) They then explore different aspects of bees from pollination to swarming (nonfiction.) The book does end with a disclaimer, that everything that occured in the book happns much slower in the real world. I'm a little bit sad that the class didn't have a chance to talk to the beekeeper as well. I used to love the television series, but the books aren't my favorite. I don't think th This book is a mix between fiction and nonfiction. The students and teacher shrink down and turn into bees (fiction.) They then explore different aspects of bees from pollination to swarming (nonfiction.) The book does end with a disclaimer, that everything that occured in the book happns much slower in the real world. I'm a little bit sad that the class didn't have a chance to talk to the beekeeper as well. I used to love the television series, but the books aren't my favorite. I don't think they are set up well for read alouds, they are more of a graphic novel, with labels, papers, talking bubbles, and lots of other text to read all over the pages. I think it's a great book to have in the classroom to supplement the information that students are learning.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    My generic review of the Magic School Bus books - This is the older style book which has lots of dialouge asides on each page. It makes it a little more awkward to read aloud, but my kids like the interaction between the characters and the silly puns. These books clearly explain a certain topic. There are often additional activities at the end of the book for further learning. We read these for 'fun' during picture book time and we read them when learning about a certain subject. Most of the books My generic review of the Magic School Bus books - This is the older style book which has lots of dialouge asides on each page. It makes it a little more awkward to read aloud, but my kids like the interaction between the characters and the silly puns. These books clearly explain a certain topic. There are often additional activities at the end of the book for further learning. We read these for 'fun' during picture book time and we read them when learning about a certain subject. Most of the books have movies which correspond. We've enjoyed those as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I ended up reading this book simply because the little Ladybug who visits me daily at my bookstore (visits? more like, LIVES with me... *smiles*) chose it for the book of the day for me to read aloud to her. And I actually learned things about bees that I had not previously known before! It was fun to share that learning experience with Ladybug. While the plot in the Magic School bus books is always the same, they are still the most enjoyable, and memorable way, I think, for young ones to learn I ended up reading this book simply because the little Ladybug who visits me daily at my bookstore (visits? more like, LIVES with me... *smiles*) chose it for the book of the day for me to read aloud to her. And I actually learned things about bees that I had not previously known before! It was fun to share that learning experience with Ladybug. While the plot in the Magic School bus books is always the same, they are still the most enjoyable, and memorable way, I think, for young ones to learn science! And who canNOT get a kick out of the Friz's dresses??? :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    A

    I had my problems at first with the blending of fact and fiction, but the book includes well-done pages at the back of the book that clarify this issue in a humorous way. The factual information included in this book is accurate and well-presented. Some readers may struggle with having to guide their own reading, since this book is not written in uninterrupted narrative. The reading experience is similar to a graphic novel. Any reader will go away with some new knowledge on bees.

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