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Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China (Ms. Frizzle's Adventures (MSB))

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There's no denying the Frizzle magic, and the zany teacher is at her best as she journeys to ancient China. Full of historical and cultural facts, the 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
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Scholastic Press
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Jessie Bear
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 som ...more
R. C.
I liked that the author explained about Chinatowns and modern martial arts classes and New Year celebrations while also visiting the historical China. I found the format even more annoying than the usual. And every other page the text includes the phrase, "I, Ms. Frizzle..." because jumping back and forth between perspectives really IS hard for kids and writers alike. Still, the branding got the littlest person in the house reading about the same historical period the big kids are studying, and ...more
Amanda
I am a big fan of the magic shook bus so I figured I'd like this book too and I did! I love that it includes an information yet still a fictional story for the reader. I also like the little side conversations going on in the word bubbles. I think the students could really learn a lot from this serious, especially science and history.
Shannon
Moira was ecstatic to discover this book. We've read many of the Magic School Bus books, and she is a huge Frizzle fan. It was also a hit at our party and one of the parents in attendance read it to a growing crowd of kids. It's organized much like the Magic School Bus books, but with only a couple of kids and time travel.
Zww
I picked this out myself. A very good book about China. (age 8).
Ashlee
We just found this series and I highly recommend this book, especially if you like the Magic School Bus. The book is writtten from the perspective of Ms. Frizzle and there is a continuos story line, while cool facts and history are mixed in. It is written like a comic book, with several drawings per page, and is filled with all kinds of facts for the student to learn about. The pictures are bright and colorful and perfect for an early elementary student. WE used this book as a companion to Story ...more
Dolly
Jun 20, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a good story that talks about imperial Chinese life, culture, inventions and geography. It's a typical book from the Magic School Bus series, minus the bus and most of the class. Ms. Frizzle, Arnold, Wanda and Wanda's brother Henry go on a trip to Imperial China. Though the trip is fictional, the information about China is not. It is a little easier to read aloud than some of the other Magic School Bus books, and it has lots of information, without being boring or too busy. Our girls lov ...more
Mary
Like all Ms. Frizzle stories, she and her students go on an amazing adventure--this time, to Imperial China! They learn all about the customs there, the significance of certain events, colors, and objects, and the inventions that continue to influence us today. The story is simple, yet informative and entertaining. At the end, the author has inserted a section to clarify some of the unbelievable parts of the story and to confirm other parts, which helps to remind the reader that this really is a ...more
Amy
Read on Chinese New Year
Fives OnTheFly
Another wonderful adventure with Ms. Frizzle. This time teaching the reader about Chinese New Year while taking them back in the past for a tour of Imperial China. What is so great about the Magic School Bus books is that you can adapt them to multiple age groups. You can do a straight read through of the text or delve deeper into the information provided in the sidebars. Our middle son especially loves the funny comments that Ms. Frizzle's students make about their crazy outtings.
Heidi
Who can go wrong with Ms. Frizzle when it's a book to entertain and teach at the same time. This one ic full of little facts about China's history, and teaches simple things along the way--like using chopsticks. A great one to book talk at Book Time, and hopefully it will boost a check-out or two.
Brent
Our daughter learned chopsticks best from a sidebar comic strip in this wonderful book.
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Joanna Cole who also writes under the pseudonym B. J. Barnet is an author of children’s books who teaches science.

She is most famous as the author of The Magic School Bus series of children's books. Joanna Cole has written over 250 books ranging from her first book Cockroach to her famous series Magic School Bus.

Cole was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby East Orange. She loved scie
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