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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! The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine 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! The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.


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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! The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine 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! The classroom is decorated as Dinosaur Land, but Ms. Frizzle-inspired by an archeological dig-craves a more authentic experience. The Magic School Bus turns into a time machine and transports the class back millions of years to an adventure where they learn about dinosaurs, their habitats and diets, and even a Maiasaura nesting ground.

30 review for In the Time of the Dinosaurs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Casey Lindstrom

    This was a very educational book with some imagination all about dinosaurs. The children hopped aboard their time machine school bus after trying to help some paleontologists and went back to the different periods of the dinosaur era. They saw many types of dinosaurs and experienced different periods. The book was very accurate and had a ton of information on each page. From the average words to the notes and picture the students drew on the sides of each page. The information was not as This was a very educational book with some imagination all about dinosaurs. The children hopped aboard their time machine school bus after trying to help some paleontologists and went back to the different periods of the dinosaur era. They saw many types of dinosaurs and experienced different periods. The book was very accurate and had a ton of information on each page. From the average words to the notes and picture the students drew on the sides of each page. The information was not as organized as I had hoped. It was kind of all over with speech bubbles and works on the sides of each page. Although it was all over the pictures and information would certainly be appealing to children. Joanna Cole presents her writing style in a clear way and the imagination needed for reading her book would present enthusiasm for any reader. My overall reaction to the book was that it was very informational and through reading the book students would learn about dinosaurs and what period they lived in. What struck me most was the ton of information placed in one book. I relate the imagination of this book to my life through allowing myself to be creative and get into the story. I would use this book in my classroom during a prehistoric unit and have my students do a creative writing or picture of what they would hope to see if they could go back to this time period.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    First of all, on educational television: sometimes you can learn something from America. School television is synonymous with retro educational television with bright yellow neon writings and people in front of a blackboard. In America, in the 1990s, a TV series about the Magic School Bus was developed. A teacher has a very special school bus, with which the children (about 3rd grade) go on school trips, which usually develop rather unusual. With a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, the First of all, on educational television: sometimes you can learn something from America. School television is synonymous with retro educational television with bright yellow neon writings and people in front of a blackboard. In America, in the 1990s, a TV series about the “Magic School Bus” was developed. A teacher has a very special school bus, with which the children (about 3rd grade) go on school trips, which usually develop rather “unusual”. With a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, the children literally immerse themselves in the respective matter of the episode and learn many new things. In the end, there is still a kind of critical self-reflection with the medium itself, when pupils call the producer of the show and talk about the scientificity of the presentation. Big cinema. Overall, roughly comparable to the great “Once upon a time life..” Books From TV to book is often an arduous way, usually more difficult than the other, since the possibilities in this direction seem more limited . However, the book series succeeds surprisingly well, thanks to a wild mixture of comic, technical book, notebook and a partly quite interesting variation on the subject of science comic. In the cinema, one would say that the “fourth wall” is repeatedly broken. This encourages readers to discuss and reflect and give the issue more interaction than one can expect. In the Time of Dinosaurs A journey through the different ages of dinosaurs, virtually live. Playful and with lots of details about the three epochs of the dinosaurs, always with a nice reference to the present age (that is, a connection between what we can now find in the earth and what really could have been at that time). The language Clear, it's English. But no scientific English. Scattered technical terms appear. But my children can understand everything well after 2 years of living in Tanzania, where English is also not the national language. Conclusion A kind of insider tip! Ideal for children who grow up bilingual. Or to complement English in primary school. Recommended age: about 6 - 10 years.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lynch

    I think this is my favorite MSB book, mostly because dinosaurs are awesome, we learn Ms. Frizzle's real name is Valerie, and we have the underlying story arc of what's going on between her and the dashing archeologist. But maybe I am just misinterpreting things. After all, I do have a Young and the Restless type backstory for Sofia the First.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brittni Carraway

    This is the 6th book in the Magic School Bus series. On this magically adventure, Ms. Frizzle takes her students to a known dinosaur bone site. When she discovers that some of the Maiasaur bones were missing, she turns the magic school bus into a time machine. They go back to the age of the dinosaurs to learn more about dinosaurs like their habitats, their diets, and even the different species. This book is a nonfiction text because it includes factual information to educate its readers using This is the 6th book in the Magic School Bus series. On this magically adventure, Ms. Frizzle takes her students to a known dinosaur bone site. When she discovers that some of the Maiasaur bones were missing, she turns the magic school bus into a time machine. They go back to the age of the dinosaurs to learn more about dinosaurs like their habitats, their diets, and even the different species. This book is a nonfiction text because it includes factual information to educate its readers using fictional characters. These kinds of text are typically used to get its younger readers attention in the form of a picturebook. Once you have your readers attention, your able to keep them entertained while also informing them with useful information. In this case, educating its readers on the history of dinosaurs.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andy Zach

    This time Joanna Cole through her stalwart teacher Ms. Frizzle has the Magic School Bus travel backward in time to the Triassic period, during a class field trip to a dinosaur dig. Naturally, things go wrong. They go back further they planned and hop around in time, visiting the Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and then seeing the approaching meteor, return home. Sadly, one child lost her plastic dinosaur in the past. But don't worry, for a paleontologist finds it in a nest of dinosaur eggs. This This time Joanna Cole through her stalwart teacher Ms. Frizzle has the Magic School Bus travel backward in time to the Triassic period, during a class field trip to a dinosaur dig. Naturally, things go wrong. They go back further they planned and hop around in time, visiting the Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and then seeing the approaching meteor, return home. Sadly, one child lost her plastic dinosaur in the past. But don't worry, for a paleontologist finds it in a nest of dinosaur eggs. This would have been my favorite book as a child, for I was crazy for dinosaurs from 5-10.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    SO GOOD! these books are gold!!! my 4 1/2 year old learns so much from them!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I enjoyed this book because I like Magic School Bus books. I also enjoyed this book because I like eggs, dinosaur eggs I mean.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This book is perfect for children, especially those who have a love for dinosaurs. Parents, if you want your children to learn more about science and the world around them, I recommend this book. And all of the other Magic School Bus books. I read it as part of a reading for the children at my old elementary school. It was fun to go back to books that I have since forgotten. Also, to learn these facts all over again.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Nauman

    The historical take that this book brings, along with the science of it all is very entertaining. The trips that the students go on are always fun to explore, but this one is also much more simplified than the other books in this series, with makes it nice for younger readers to enjoy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Zink

    In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a Magic School Bus book. Between its engaging and elaborate illustrations and the funny and educational story about dinosaurs, this makes for a wonderful book for the elementary school classroom. 2nd-5th

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    An entertaining read and very educational. Has a lot of facts about dinosaurs. Fun to read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    SaraKat

    Another great one. The little jokes here and there made me laugh and the science is great. Educational and funny together is always a win for me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ke

    I wouldn't recommend listening to this as an audiobook because it was hard to follow the dinosaur timelines and hard to imagine how the dinosaurs looked like.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Perfect research for my Ms. Frizzle Halloween costume!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kamillah

    Luckily for Ms. Frizzle's class, it turns out she has other connections to the scientific community besides her magic school bus. In this book, the topic of the day in Ms. Frizzle's class is dinosaurs, and she just so happens to have a former student who works as an archaeologist on a real dinosaur dig. The class sets out for a real-life lesson in archaeology on their trusty school bus and learns the archaeologists are searching for evidence of an ancient maiasura nesting ground. When their bus Luckily for Ms. Frizzle's class, it turns out she has other connections to the scientific community besides her magic school bus. In this book, the topic of the day in Ms. Frizzle's class is dinosaurs, and she just so happens to have a former student who works as an archaeologist on a real dinosaur dig. The class sets out for a real-life lesson in archaeology on their trusty school bus and learns the archaeologists are searching for evidence of an ancient maiasura nesting ground. When their bus turns into a time machine, they accidentally overshoot the proper dinosaur era and end up taking a journey through time to find their way to the real maiasura nesting ground and back to the present day to help the archaeologists to success. This is a great book for children interested in dinosaurs--it goes beyond the different species of dinosaurs and examines the different eras in which they lived, how they lived, the climate, and their habitats. The illustrations are tremendously detailed with each dinosaur clearly labeled. I especially liked that the children had an active role in trying to "discover" fossils. However, while this book packs in a significant amount of information, the delivery of the information can be overwhelming. More than other books I've read in the series, this volume reads more like a graphic novel with information and plot points delivered through speech bubbles and notes disguised as students' homework packed into the margins. With multiple readings, these additions provide more to discover, but it can make the plot difficult to follow at times. Still, this is another excellent book in The Magic School Bus series, especially for a child (or adult) in a dinosaur phase.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Bardo

    The Magic School Bus is a series of picture books (and now short chapter books) that have been around for at least a decade, encouraging young children to explore more about scientific topics. In this particular picture book, their teacher, Ms. Frizzle, decides to teach the topic of dinosaurs. Ms. Frizzle has a magic school bus that transports her classroom of children into different settings and time periods to learn. It really is such a unique way to encourage and enlighten children about The Magic School Bus is a series of picture books (and now short chapter books) that have been around for at least a decade, encouraging young children to explore more about scientific topics. In this particular picture book, their teacher, Ms. Frizzle, decides to teach the topic of dinosaurs. Ms. Frizzle has a magic school bus that transports her classroom of children into different settings and time periods to learn. It really is such a unique way to encourage and enlighten children about science topics. The illustrations are drawn specifically for children, entertaining them while they also learn. It is illustrated, similar to how a comic strip would be illustrated with speech bubbles, cartoonish drawings, and blurbs with random facts. This classroom is filled with lovable characters, such as Ms. Frizzle (the teacher) and each student has his/ her own personality that makes it easy for every kind of child to relate. In this installment, the book covers: dinosaur names, dinosaur fossils, the timeline of dinosaurs, how a fossil dig works, characteristics of dinosaurs, and random facts about dinosaurs. The book is filled with tons of interesting facts and figures about dinosaurs that catch the reader's attention. I will definitely be purchasing this book for my future classroom because it holds valuable information in a fun and interesting way. This book would be perfect for 1st through 4th grade. It seems like this book could really be ageless, as long as the children were old enough to understand some of the words. This is all why I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    Yet another Magic School Bus title to add to our inventory... this one is about dinosaurs and it was a very well-written tale about the age of the dinosaurs, with lots of facts about where and when they lived, how they didn't interact with humans, which ones were more prevalent at which time and how they likely died out. I also learned that there were ancient reptiles that I grew up calling dinosaurs (like Pteranodons) that aren't truly dinosaurs. Finally I learned that the dinosaur that I grew Yet another Magic School Bus title to add to our inventory... this one is about dinosaurs and it was a very well-written tale about the age of the dinosaurs, with lots of facts about where and when they lived, how they didn't interact with humans, which ones were more prevalent at which time and how they likely died out. I also learned that there were ancient reptiles that I grew up calling dinosaurs (like Pteranodons) that aren't truly dinosaurs. Finally I learned that the dinosaur that I grew up calling Brontosaurus is now called the Apatosaurus (I'd heard recently that there was some mistake in identification so they now called it a different name). And that's just some of the stuff I learned. There was a lot of information given in the pages of this book, so I'm not sure how much our girls absorbed, but it was all very interesting and I'm sure they will continue learning more about this subject as they progress through school. This is a great way to introduce them to the science and the discoveries of prehistoric times. 6 Oct 2011 update: We recently read Dinosaur Detectives and also received this book as a gift at the National Book Festival at the National Mall in Washington DC. I didn't realize how closely the plots matched in the two books until now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    3.5 - Fans of the Magic School Bus will like this book and this edition is an added bonus for dinosaurs lovers. The book is very, very busy. There are tons of add-ons on each page. Besides the main storyline we have some conversation between teacher and students, we have some "schoolwork" with added facts, Q&A's, etc., you have a number of books with titles that can be read aloud, names of dinos, etc. Any dinosaur fanatic, even young ones, will probably know most of the facts. Julia is 5 3.5 - Fans of the Magic School Bus will like this book and this edition is an added bonus for dinosaurs lovers. The book is very, very busy. There are tons of add-ons on each page. Besides the main storyline we have some conversation between teacher and students, we have some "schoolwork" with added facts, Q&A's, etc., you have a number of books with titles that can be read aloud, names of dinos, etc. Any dinosaur fanatic, even young ones, will probably know most of the facts. Julia is 5 years old but has been interested in dinosaurs, any and everything about them, for over 2 years now so she was pretty much not astounded by the facts themselves. A kid not knowing them though would certainly be interested I would think. Julia still liked the book. She's very interested, and has been for quite a while in fossils, digs, and paleontologists. These are a major factor in the story so that played the whole thing up to her. It's definitely a fun book. I can see how it could be tedious for any parent that's been reading the Magic School Bus books for awhile but this was our first one so thankfully I experienced none of that. **1/27/11** - We just read this again a few days ago and it was found at the library. Julia enjoyed it just as much. Nevermind the fact that there is no information included here that she doesn't know, she loves anything that has to do with dinosaurs. If you have a kid as into dinos as mine this is a winner. It'll only help more if they're a fan of the Magic School Bus but I think it would work either way honestly.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ethelen V.

    Cole, J., & Degen, B. (1994). The magic school bus: In the time of the dinosaurs. New York: Scholastic. The Magic School Bus does it again! As with other Magic School Bus books, this one mixes fantasy with a great deal of science in a fun way! As always, the plot is original and ingenious. This time, Ms. Frizzle and her class go back in time and participate in an archaeological dig. The class travels through several time periods learning about different types of dinosaurs, various facts,etc. Cole, J., & Degen, B. (1994). The magic school bus: In the time of the dinosaurs. New York: Scholastic. The Magic School Bus does it again! As with other Magic School Bus books, this one mixes fantasy with a great deal of science in a fun way! As always, the plot is original and ingenious. This time, Ms. Frizzle and her class go back in time and participate in an archaeological dig. The class travels through several time periods learning about different types of dinosaurs, various facts,etc. Like most Magic School Bus books, this one can go across several age groups. Young dinosaur lovers will love learning the trivia and looking at the simplistic yet realistic dinosaurs. Children from grades 3-5 will enjoy the combination puzzle/comic book motif. Each page is quite busy. There are side conversations with the teacher and facts and trivia on every page. There is a wealth of information. The only group who I think this book possibly would not be good for is those who are easily distracted. Then again, maybe this would work. They could just choose what they wanted to focus on.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Crimson Barker

    This book was one that I picked because of the nostalgia aspect. When I was younger my siblings and I avidly watched the Magic school bus, so this franchise has a special place in my heart. The book I chose is all about dinosaurs. Ms. Frizzle and the kids go on an adventure back to the time of the dinosaurs. Exploring each of the periods of time when different species existed. The most interesting thing about all the Magic School Bus books and shows is how much fun they are while at the same This book was one that I picked because of the nostalgia aspect. When I was younger my siblings and I avidly watched the Magic school bus, so this franchise has a special place in my heart. The book I chose is all about dinosaurs. Ms. Frizzle and the kids go on an adventure back to the time of the dinosaurs. Exploring each of the periods of time when different species existed. The most interesting thing about all the Magic School Bus books and shows is how much fun they are while at the same time being informational. For example, if you just skimmed the book you would probably look at it and think it was non-fiction but because of the story it is fiction. This book specifically has blurbs of information along the sides of each page generally informing you about something on that page. I could see myself incorporating this into my future classroom for many reasons. I was shown this as a child because as I said before it is very informational but at the same time keeps kids interested. With the story and characters, you are learning while still having fun.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Lynch

    The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs is about Ms. Frizzle and her class. They go on a dinosaur dig, but it gets changed into a time travel trip back to the time of dinosaurs. The students learn much more about them by seeing the dinosaurs in action. The book is accurate and authentic because it covers different ages and different dinosaurs and how scientists think that they lived. The information is presented in an organized way. The book starts out at the beginning of the school day The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs is about Ms. Frizzle and her class. They go on a dinosaur dig, but it gets changed into a time travel trip back to the time of dinosaurs. The students learn much more about them by seeing the dinosaurs in action. The book is accurate and authentic because it covers different ages and different dinosaurs and how scientists think that they lived. The information is presented in an organized way. The book starts out at the beginning of the school day and goes on through out the day. It doesn't skip around through out the day. The book is appealing to children because it is colorful and having the book set in a classroom with a teacher and students will allow for children to be able to relate to it. The author's writing style is clear. It is easy to read and is easy to follow. This book is good to use in a dinosaur lesson. It goes through different dinosaurs and will teach the children about them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    When I was younger I used to watch and enjoy the Magic School Bus, this book possesses all the fun I remember. In this particular adventure, the children visit a dinosaur dig, and then travel back in time to see the dinosaurs. They don't just go into one time, but travel through time to see what happens to the same spot on earth over millions of years. This is time travel on a epic scale, though the book is short and sweet. It is perfect for the youngest school kids to explore with their parents When I was younger I used to watch and enjoy the Magic School Bus, this book possesses all the fun I remember. In this particular adventure, the children visit a dinosaur dig, and then travel back in time to see the dinosaurs. They don't just go into one time, but travel through time to see what happens to the same spot on earth over millions of years. This is time travel on a epic scale, though the book is short and sweet. It is perfect for the youngest school kids to explore with their parents and teachers. The information is basic so the dinosaur lover will not find much new information, but those children who want to find out a good overview of the history of dinosaurs will find this an enjoyable read. The pictures are not much as far as imagining the dinosaurs, but they contain many little text boxes with interesting facts to keep readers interested.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keith Bowden

    I need to get some more of these for Antonio - I think this is a great concept! I'm not talking about the Magic School Bus, although I think that's cool, too. Rather, the detail in the books and the amount of reading available. One can simply read the story, with or without all the dialogue balloons (comic book-style!). But there are signs and notes contained within the illustrations as well that are available to the beginning reader. PLUS there are sidebars with even more information that will I need to get some more of these for Antonio - I think this is a great concept! I'm not talking about the Magic School Bus, although I think that's cool, too. Rather, the detail in the books and the amount of reading available. One can simply read the story, with or without all the dialogue balloons (comic book-style!). But there are signs and notes contained within the illustrations as well that are available to the beginning reader. PLUS there are sidebars with even more information that will get a reader's attention eventually. These are books that will reward the curious child for years! And the fact that these books are all about science (dinosaurs, the ocean, the human body, etc.) makes them essential reading as well as enjoyable. I really enjoy acting out some of the kids' dialogue for Antonio. (Next step is to start introducing him to some of the actual words!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kendrick Goodman

    Ms. Frizzle never ceases to amaze not only children but also adults. A beloved classic series, the Magic School Bus doe not disappoint us with this particular book. I do not know one child that has never wanted to be a part of Ms. Frizzle's class and go on all the explorations and journeys as their class does. While the children are enjoying reading this perfect book by Cole, they do not realize that they are actually learning a great deal of information about dinosaurs and fossils. There are Ms. Frizzle never ceases to amaze not only children but also adults. A beloved classic series, the Magic School Bus doe not disappoint us with this particular book. I do not know one child that has never wanted to be a part of Ms. Frizzle's class and go on all the explorations and journeys as their class does. While the children are enjoying reading this perfect book by Cole, they do not realize that they are actually learning a great deal of information about dinosaurs and fossils. There are many things that the children in the book learn about the dinosaurs and the time period, and those reading the book will learn the information right along with them. The illustrations in the book depict fossils and dinosaurs perfectly and children will be able to enjoy the words on the pages as well as the drawings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one. http://spreadthewordnevada.org/ Myself, I go My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one. http://spreadthewordnevada.org/ Myself, I go out on the weekends and shop thrift store and bulk book lots to rescue books and donate them. Sometimes I'll find a book I remember reading when I was young and will read it again before passing it on. I don't rate these books using my normal scale, instead I give most of them three stars. This isn't a Criticism of the book, simply my way of rating them as good for children.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Little Miss and the Legomeister

    These first Magic School Bus books are my favorite. Theyre longer, the stories are more extensive, and they're packed full of information. I like the sidebars with interesting facts disguised as homework. The illustrations are also more detailed, and the faces have more character. My kids love the Magic School Bus series. They were Legomeisters favorites a few years ago, he still checks them out occasionally; and now Little Miss is starting to request them. They enjoy the stories and think These first Magic School Bus books are my favorite. They’re longer, the stories are more extensive, and they're packed full of information. I like the sidebars with interesting facts disguised as homework. The illustrations are also more detailed, and the faces have more character. My kids love the Magic School Bus series. They were Legomeister’s favorites a few years ago, he still checks them out occasionally; and now Little Miss is starting to request them. They enjoy the stories and think they're so funny!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    My rating has nothing to do with The Magic School Bus, but rather the subject at hand. I reject the notion that anyone can prove dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. Just recently a fossil discovery was made of a dinosaur...including soft tissue! This is an impossibility if it is millions of years old. And this is not a scientific experiment that can be labeled an "outlier" and then ignored, as has been done with so many published scientific papers. I don't like theories posed as fact - not My rating has nothing to do with The Magic School Bus, but rather the subject at hand. I reject the notion that anyone can prove dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. Just recently a fossil discovery was made of a dinosaur...including soft tissue! This is an impossibility if it is millions of years old. And this is not a scientific experiment that can be labeled an "outlier" and then ignored, as has been done with so many published scientific papers. I don't like theories posed as fact - not even from The Magic School Bus.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ramanda Flannery

    This book is part of the series The Magic School Bus. In this book the teacher and her students go to the time of the dinosaurs. They find many bones and see real dinosaurs. they travel through many different time periods. I would use this book during a lesson on dinosaurs. After reading the book I would have the students list as many dinodaurs as they could and any facts about those diosaurs. I think it would be a good and interesting start to a lessson.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Levine

    The Magic School Bus science series always seize to amaze me. They are always illustrated wonderfully and explain science in fun and creative ways through eventful field trips. In this selection, In the Time of the Dinosaurs, Ms. Frizzle takes her students back in time as they discover actual dinosaur bones through the past. This would be a great book to read when students are learning about dinosaurs and/or fossils. I would read this Magic School Bus book to children from grade 2nd-5th.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I loved reading this series when I was a kid, and it's just as much fun reading it to my kids now. Unfortunately, the series has been diluted by a bunch of "based-on-the-TV-episode" books that are mediocre at best and drivel at worst. But these original ones are great, with all sorts of fun tidbits the kids love and a surprisingly dense amount of science info. Side-effects may include: my 4-year-old is now obsessed with playing time travel; and is also terrified of neutrophils.

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