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Talk about a change of plans! Ms. Frizzle and her class are on the Magic School Bus headed for a museum. They have been studying how the body turns food into energy, and now they are going to see an exhibit on the human body. Things seem fine until they stop for lunch. A strange mishap causes the bus to shrink and then be swallowed! Ms. Frizzle's class is suddenly inside a ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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Shanna Gonzalez
The Magic School Bus is a popular, fun-filled science series in which a class of public-school students, led by the eccentric Ms. Frizzle, goes on magical field trips to new and unusual places. In this episode, their school bus shrinks to miniature size to be swallowed by one of the students. The rest of the class explores the inner workings of his body -- his intestines, circulatory system, nervous system, and respiratory system (at which point they are sneezed out and resume normal size). The ...more
Steven
Like many this is an American book, but unlike lots of others it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Far beyond the differences between English and American children this book opens up a plethora of learning opportunities for primary school aged children.

The book immediately draws you in with beautiful imagery and well designed characterisation, using both good language and comedy appropriate to primary aged children.

The story follows a class who have a magical teacher, she manages to shrink th
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Samantha Mcdowell
I loved this book! They are always so creative and Ms. Frizzle is a crazy character that I think younger kids will love. I would use this book with 3-4th grade because it is a fun book, but the content is a little too advanced for the really young ones to understand like blood cells and the chambers of the heart.
The cover of the book shows the bus and the kids going through something in the body which would draw kids in because it seems very unrealistic and like an adventure. There are end page
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Ellie
Imagine being shrunk and going inside a human body! I always wished as a child that I could ride on the Magic School Bus and join them on their adventures.

In this book, the class explores the different systems within a human body by being swallowed by one classmate. They go through the student's intestines, circulatory system, nervous system, and respiratory systems.

I would read or use this book in a upper grade level class in elementary schools because it may be a little difficult for younger
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Ethelen V.
Cole, J., & Degen, B. (1989). The magic school bus: Inside the human body. New York: Scholastic Inc.

I truly enjoyed this book. While studying the human body, Ms. Frizzle shrinks the bus and the class take a trip inside one of the students- Arnold! The children explore the digestive system, the circulatory, nervous, and respiratory system. As they travel through the body, the get to see how the individual systems operate. Eventually, they are sneezed out and return to normal size.

This book
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Kate Babbitt
The Magic School bus series as a whole is a great way to engage students in a cartoon, comical story that does nothing but inform them. It covers a series of topics, but this one is one of my favorites. It takes the students through the human body, covering the different parts as well as their functions. It paints great pictures in the minds of the students to give them an interactive visual to inside the human body. It can be used as an introduction to the human body or a wrap up, seeing everyt ...more
Rachel Stolzman
I read multiple "The Magic School Bus Books" growing up. My teachers often incorporated them into our classroom activities. I always enjoyed them because not only were they fun to read but they were also informational. "The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body" was one of my favorite editions of this series. I liked how the pictures showed a school bus floating throughout a body, and how they had text bubbles coming out of the bus that were filled with comments from the students riding in the ...more
Margaret Henderson
The Magic School Bus series is one that I grew up with as a kid. These entertaining books teach children all sorts of interesting facts without them even knowing. This book in particular would be a great one to incorporate into a science lesson. It discusses the body's parts along with their functions. I believe there is a video that goes along with the book as well. It would be great to read the book on Monday, discuss the human body Tuesday-Thursday and wrap up with the video on Friday! I thin ...more
Stephanie Skolmoski
We love The Magic School Bus series! One of the favorites is Inside the Human Body. Ms. Frizzle is an amazing teacher and helps kids learn first hand. You learn about how food is digested by traveling through the stomach. Travel with blood cells through the body and then be sneezed out of your adventure through the human body. Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen have created a great learning story with wonderful pictures.

The Magic School Bus series are great introductions into various aspects of the sci
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Catherine
THIS BOOK WAS ALSO GOOD AND IT WAS ADVENTUREST AND IT TEACHES YOU THINGS!!!!
Rosa Cline
This was not one of the better Magic School Bus books. It was still good, and teach lessons of how the blood flows throughout the body. But it has way to much going on, on each page. The main storyline but then little cartoon bubbles come out of the kids so it has other little comments to read and then on each page (which is good) has a small area that tells a little more learning on each thing. But it does get very overwhelming on each page if you try and read it all. The books got better with ...more
Emily Smith
The second non-fiction book I chose to review was The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole.The Magic School Bus series are science fiction books. There are true facts in the books but it is also impossible to have the adventures that the class have.There are books about entering a human body, traveling through the solar system, visiting inside a beehive, and traveling back in time to see the dinosaurs, just to name a few. This book starts off with Ms. Frizzle's class learning ab ...more
Darlene
I read this book aloud to my children.

If you have never read any of The Magic School Bus books to your children, they are missing out! These are amazing science picture books filled with fascinating facts!! Ms. Frizzle is a wacky teacher whose school bus possesses some magical abilities and is able to transform into different objects to take the children on exciting field trips! And these are not any type of field trips that you or I have ever taken!

In The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body
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Colby
Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus Series are informational books about science topics that are important for children to know. In The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, Ms. Frizzle takes the class on an adventure inside a human body, but not just any human body. She takes them inside one of their classmates body, Arnold's body. The class was originally going on a field trip to a museum to learn about the human body, but Ms. Frizzle accidentally hits a button that shrinks the class bus, yet ...more
Amanda Delegram
Summary: This story is about a group of students who go on a classroom field trip and end up on an adventure threw a human body. Nothing is ever ordinary in Ms. Frizzles class.


Critique: I believe the book is full of factual knowledge. It is very organized and easy to read and understand. The format of the book is very fun and creative. I really like how there are a lot of pictures and text bubbles throughout the story. The author does a great job at making her information very clear and it is a
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Heather
This is a pretty cool science book for children in which Ms. Frizzle and her strange school bus venture inside the body of Arnold, one of the kids in class. I remember liking this book when I was a kid. As an adult, though, I was simultaneously disappointed that they only explored limited areas of the body and grossed out by the areas that they did explore. I'm learning that there are a lot of things that don't gross me out, but thinking about the viscera inside of me is not one of them. Talking ...more
Jenn
This book is about the children in Ms. Frizzle's class. They are discussing the human body and while on a field trip, Arnold gets left behind, and the Magic School Bus was accidentally shrunk and Arnold swallowed it with his snack while he was finishing up his lunch. The class goes on a wild ride through Arnold' body while Ms. Frizzle explains the different functions within the human body.
This book, The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body presents the information about the human body and its
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Ryan Rainey
The book "The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body" by Joanna Cole is a very good book. This book is about a class who is learning about the Human Body. The class goes on a field trip inside an actual human body. The Class learns about everything in the human body through a first hand experience.

This was a very good book. The book showed factual material. The book correctly explained the process the body goes through when digesting food. Also the book coveyed just about every important part o
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Shana Martin
The informative novel The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole is a story about Miss Frizzle’s class learning about the human body. However, the class takes extreme measures of research by entering Arnold’s body. The class is able to view his bloodstream, intestines, stomach, and so forth.
The informative novel was able to expand the reader’s awareness by letting them take a walk into a world of Miss Frizzle’s class. By getting the perspective of the class, the reader is able to
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Samantha Sheeran
After she teaches her class about the human body and they visit the science museum, Mrs. Frizzle shrinks the bus and the class going inside one of their classmates, Arnold! The bus and the students explore the body of Arnold. They learn about the digestion from the stomach to the small intestine. The bus enters a blood vessel and the students get to explore that also! After much exploring Arnold's body, Arnold sneezes and the bus pops out of him!

I love all of the Magic School Buses! They are s
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Jordan Brovelli
"The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body", written by Joanna Cole, is about Ms. Frizzle and her class that has been studying the human body. They have been learning about how the body turns food into energy. The class goes through the museum in the morning and then they took a break for lunch. Everything was going great until they ran into a little problem. The Magic School Bus has shrunk and then got swallowed! The bus actually got swallowed by one of their classmates, Arnold. Now Ms. Frizzl ...more
Lindsay Wallace
This classic "Magic School Bus, Inside the Human Body" by Joanna Cole is an excellent resource for elementary science teachers and elementary students interested in the human body. When the class stops for a bite to eat at a park on their way to the museum, plans quickly change when the bus shrinks in size and takes the students inside of Arnold, who gets left behind! As they travel throughout the body, they learn about many parts and functions of the human body, such as digestion, red and white ...more
Callie Reichenbach
The Magic School Bus series are science fiction books, but there are true facts in the books. I chose this as my informational/nonfiction book because I would have never thought of this book for an example of nonfiction because the impossible adventures that the class takes. This book starts off with Ms. Frizzle's class learning about the human body. They are all worried because Ms. Frizzle is the weirdest teacher at school and her lessons can be weird. The next day, the class goes on a field tr ...more
Caroline
"The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body" was written by Joanna Cole. Ms. Frizzle and her class are on their Magic School Bus heading to the museum. The class has been studying the human body! They have been learning about how the body turns food into energy. The class goes through the museum in the morning and then they took a break for lunch. Everything was going great until they ran into a little problem. The Magic School Bus has shrank and then got swallowed! The bus actually got swallowe ...more
earthy
Ms. Frizzle's class is supposed to go to the museum, but instead they end up taking the magic school bus inside classmate Arnold's digestive system.

The art is cartoony and cute, but also does a great job of showing what the inside of the human body actually looks like. Images fill the entire page, with text blocks, mini-reports by students, and cartoon bubble dialogue incorporated into the picture. The illustrations are easy to follow but involve a lot of little details to be discovered in each
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Kimberly Werner
“The Magic School Bus Inside The Human Body” Is a book intended for children ages 5-8 (primary) Ms. Frizzle is Shrinks the class and the school bus that they are in, except, for one student who swallows the whole lot! This may make the book seem like it is fantasy based on that premise, however the scientific ‘body facts’ are accurate and informative. At the conclusion, there is even a true and false answer section to reiterate, as if that is necessary, that the type of magic used by Ms. Frizzle ...more
Jessica Floyd
Summery- The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole is about Mrs. Frizzle's class going on another wild journey, this time it is through the human body. Mrs. Frizzle's school bus actually gets swallowed, and through this journey the students are able to learn all about the human body.

Text- This text is very complicated because it is not in paragraph or an organized form. Frankly it is kind of all over the place, but that doesn't mean anything bad. because of this, I think that ol
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Brittany Lee
Genre- Sci-fi/ Fantasy
Grade Level- K-2
Awards- Father's Day Seal of Approval from Mr. Dad eChoice (Editor’s Choice) Award, Seal of Approval and Award of Excellence from The Toy Man, Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Awards

This is a very educational book. This book would be great to share with my class while learning about the human body. Many children get bored reading out of a textbook all day. This book would help expand the students' knowledge while allowing them to have fun and see the
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Kathy Ramirez
I have always thought it is a great idea to integrate various subjects into Language Arts because there are so many great books out there to teach students. This one is a great example. I think that 'the Magic School Bus' is always so engaging and exciting to students because it is bright and imaginative. Also, I think that through this book, students can learn a lot about the human body. I believe the pictures will be very good for students to visualize the parts of the human body while reading ...more
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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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