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The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System (The Magic School Bus #4)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  7,957 ratings  ·  157 reviews
On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Perfection Learning (first published October 1st 1990)
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A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
OK, so a book that starts this conversation is GREAT!!

Sitting at traffic light in car, looking at the sunset:
5 yr old: Mommy did you know, the sun is a giant ball of gas?
Me: Why, yes it is...[thus ensues a conversation on the size of the sun compared to the earth, other planets in the solar system, etc.)

When I asked her if they were talking about the sun/solar system in preschool, she said no, she was reading about it in the Magic School Bus book.

Can I just say - AWESOME!!!! = )
Doesn't hurt that
Lauren Smeltzer
Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole is one of my favorite childhood books. There are tons of The Magic School Bus books that are great for young readers. One great aspect of this book is that it is a fun and easier informational book on our solar system and a description on each planet. I was astonished that this can be classified as a Informational text. One great reason to read this book is because it uses familiar words that students can understand. The book begins Arnold cousin comes to ...more
Jeanne Kurt
May 20, 2015 Jeanne Kurt marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (Illustrator) (Historical fiction)
The Magic School Bus series is one that all of my daycare children have enjoyed. This is a great book for introducing the solar system to young children. The story starts off with the children getting ready to go on a field trip to the planetarium. They load the bus and travel there only to find that it is closed! They start back to the school in the bus and while at a red light, the bus suddenly leans back an
Tots R
Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen (Illustrator) (Historical fiction)
The Magic School Bus series is one that all of my daycare children have enjoyed. This is a great book for introducing the solar system to young children. The story starts off with the children getting ready to go on a field trip to the planetarium. They load the bus and travel there only to find that it is closed! They start back to the school in the bus and while at a red light, the bus suddenly leans back an
The Magic School Bus books are always a great way to get your student/child to read and enjoy non fiction. There are tons of facts about the solar system! How big planets are, how far away, what you'd weigh in space etc. However, this book does still have Pluto listed as a planet-that is the only thing I can say that is no longer correct. Ms. Frizzle starts with the inner planets and then moves to the outer planets, the sequence is easy to follow. The design of these books can be overwhelming to ...more
Brigid Sullivan
Most students are familiar with Ms. Frizzle and her class "field trips" to wild places. Many have seen the Magic School bus show on PBS or seen episodes in class. This particular book is one that I think is better as a book than the show. Other books (Magic School Bus Goes into the Human Body; Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor) are good to watch as a show because the movement adds to the visuals. For the planets, however, movement and video is not necessary. In this book, Ms. Frizzle and her c ...more
Bre Peoples
In The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System, Ms. Fizzle’s class goes on a field trip to explore the solar system. They explore the moon, the sun, mercury, and an asteroid belt before the bus gets damaged. Ms. Fizzle tries to fix the bus but is accidentally stranded when her rope is cut. The students make their way to pluto before fixing the bus and turning back to rescue Ms. Fizzle and make their way back to school.
This is a great book for younger children, it is easy to read and has great
Tonya Nelson
I love this author! Her books and the shows that have been produced out of them are awesome! Last summer at Explorers, we read this book during our week about Joanna Cole. This author does a great job of bringing fun into science!

Summary: Ms. Frizzle and her class learn about the solar system in the classroom, and find out that their field trip isn’t going to happen since the planetarium is closed. Ms. Frizzle once again decides to take her students on another wacky field trip to explore the sol
Brittany Tatum
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar Dystem is about Ms. Frizzle's class field trip to the solar system. They stop at all the planets and the sun, as they learn interesting facts about the planets. While on their adventure, the students cannot find Ms. Frizzle, they eventually find her in an asteroid belt and they head back to earth.

I loved the Magic School Bus growing up and I absolutely loved this book. Ms. Frizzle's class has the best adventures, which are very informative. The illustration
I am a great supporter of the Magic School Bus series. Every book seen sto invite the young reader with the cartoon representation while also incorporating facts and truths abut the subject prresented. The authors has taken the time to develope the characters so that a young reader can relate to the child's emotional feelings. The extreme comical side of the book only invites the reader to become more involved with the book. The solar system book is a great foundational book to present to kinder ...more
'The Magic School Bus' series is the result of ingenuity and academia when collided together. This book is a great way to introduce children to a lesson on the solar system. It brings young readers into a new world and draws even reluctant readers to reading. The way these books are structured is filled with eye popping illustrations and quizzical comments from the school teacher, Miss Frizzle. Definitely a book worth exploring for any scientific topic, or for one that will encourage readers to ...more
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System is a book about Ms. Frizzle's class trip to the solar system. As they go through the different parts, Ms. Frizzle and class learn all about it. Their trip takes a turn to the strange side and they find themselves in an adventure that most people would never believe.

The book is accurate and authentic in conveying factual, documented material. There is a lot of factual information in the book. For example, there is a chart of the planets, how big acros
In my favorite book in The Magic School Bus series, Ms. Frizzle's class field trip to the planetarium turns into a trip through the solar system. In each Magic School Bus adventure, their faithful school bus transforms to take the class into the heart of their eccentric teacher's lesson plan. In this volume, their bus becomes a space shuttle, blasting into the solar system, where they journey to the moon, sun, through the asteroid belt where they lose Ms. Frizzle (!) and to each planet (and plan ...more
Katie Williams
Fun and engaging as always, this book is a great introduction for learning about the solar system. It provides great vocabulary as well as definitions; there is also a video that goes along with the book which would be a good way to follow up any astrological lesson on our solar system. The book is based on the premise of the students going on a field trip to a planetarium that turns out to be closed, so they board the magic school bus and visit the actual solar system instead. A great and inter ...more
Adam Stukey
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The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
Background information, Joanne Cole is a well-known children’s book author. She has written myriad books in a variety of formats. From picture books to small short stories, she has done it all. She is famous for her Magic School Bus series. It even has its own television show. Miss. Frizzle is an icon in today’s modern classroom. But Miss. Frizzle was not the first fictional character that Cole developed. Cole f
Grade/Interest Level: Primary/ Upper Elementary (2nd-4th)
Reading Level: Lexile, 480L
Genre: Picture Book, Informational Book

Main Characters: Ms. Frizzle and her class
Setting: Outer Space
POV: Third Person

Summary: Ms. Frizzle's class has a field trip to the planetarium, but finds out that it's closed for repairs. Ms. Frizzle, the teacher, saves the day by having a field trip to outer space instead. On the way, they stop at the sun and each planet to learn interesting facts. At one point, the studen
Shelby Winstead
This Magic School Bus book is about the lovely Ms. Frizzle and her classroom field trip to the actual solar system. A guided tour, if you will, Ms. Frizzle helps her students learn all about the different parts of the solar system. As their trip takes a weird turn, the kids and Ms. Frizzle go on an adventure that is out of this world. Literally. The book does a great job in presenting the information about the solar system in a fun, yet still completely accurate way. The pictures of the differen ...more
The Magic School Bus is as important to a child's education as Bill Nye the Science Guy. There is just something about The Magic School Bus that strikes a cord with the soul. It gets students interested in science, math, etc. It is series like the Magic School Bus that excite learners to not only imagine themselves as becoming something bigger, but also to dream and imagine the most whimsical ideas. I do not think I could find a student that does not like The Magic School Bus. It has everything ...more
The first time I bought a copy of this book was from the gift shop at the Johnson Space center in Houston, TX. My kids loved it and we read it so much that it wore out and I needed to buy a new copy.

This series makes learning so much fun! I love that it's organized with multiple levels of reading and information. Younger kids can read the story and character dialog while older kids can read all the sidebars and learn all the facts.
Timothy Luken
Such a great and informative picture book just as it should be. I enjoyed this series very much when I was growing up and still think this a very good series for kids.
The story is of course of Ms. Frizzle and her class traveling to outer space on their school bus and learning about the different planets in our solar system. However at one point they get lost and must find their way through the other planets and back to home. On the way they stop at all the terrestrial planets and swoop by the ga
The Magic School Bus is a great series that my fourth-grader English Language Learners love reading. (I teach English and Science in a bilingual program at an elementary school in China.) The story is nice, with characters the students can relate to, and a plot that keeps it going. The illustrations are integral to the story, and the whole teaches interesting tidbits of science as well as English vocabulary.
I am indifferent on the Magic School Bus. We didn't hate it, but we weren't encouraged to read more. I think some kids will enjoy the frame and others will prefer their nonfiction more straight-up. (I've got one who didn't care for nonfiction at all, unless it was about words, and another who was pretty hardcore in her nonfiction love)

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Aaron Alexander
This is a fun magic school bus book in which Ms Frizzle's class takes a trip to space. On their trip, the class learned many things about space. A few of the things they learn about are the order of the planets, the effect of less or more gravity on an object, and the various geographic features that can be observed on planets such as Mars. While this is a very content heavy book, it is still presented in a way that is fun and engaging for students to read and learn from. There are many activiti ...more
I love the Magic School Bus both as a book series and as a television series. My only issue with the books is the fact that there is so much extra on every page it makes it difficult to read to a student. Also, unfortunately, this book is very outdated and would throw a wrench into teaching the solar system because it includes Pluto.
The solar system is huge, dark, vast, and has a red headed teacher guiding her class through it on a magical school bus. This sounds like a wild dream, but for Mrs. Frizzles class, this is just another field trip! In this edition of The Magic School Bus, we find ourselves lost in space. Sure, this may sound like a horror story, but in fact we learn a lot along the way. Like, did you know Saturn's rings are actually made up of dust and ice? Or that Venus once had an atmosphere like us on Earth? W ...more
Ready for another adventure on the Magic School Bus? Travel with Ms. Frizzle and her class around the solar system in this adventurous, informational story. Not only is the text engaging, but the blurbs throughout the pages provides the reader with true facts about our solar system, which could be a great transition into an interesting science lesson.
Aug 02, 2015 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
Shelves: science
Children seem to love the Magic School Bus series, and this title is no exception. This is an introduction to the solar system seen through the eyes of a group of school children who fly through the solar system on a magic school bus with their wacky science teacher, Mrs. Frizzle.
Julianne Frye
When Ms. Frizzle’s class tries to take a field trip to the planetarium and find that it’s closed for repairs, they blast off for a field trip in outer space instead. On their journey, they stop at the sun and each planet and learn interesting facts. Suddenly, the students’ tether to the bus snaps and the bus zooms far away. The students continue their journey through the planets while searching for Ms. Frizzle. They find Ms. Frizzle in the asteroid belt and are soon able to return to Earth. Magi ...more
Leah Robinson
This classic Magic School Bus book is a wonderful information book. Growing up I cannot say I remember reading this book or really reading all the way through any magical school bus book, but I do remember watching the videos.
This engaging book about the planets and our solar system is a sure way to introduce and get your students interested in this topic/ unit. This book is complete with a story and plot, as well as engaging pictures to make your students feel they are going on the journey too
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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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