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The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive

(The Magic School Bus #8)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Andy Zach
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 19, 2021 added it
FS: "It all began when Ms. Frizzle showed our class a filmstrip about the human body."

(In notebook.)
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.

Amanda Lynch
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nicholas
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. ...more
Marla Hux
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Tanya Brown
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Caroline Ray
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Ally Ferring
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
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 ...more
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.
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.
Megan Nauman
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-study
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.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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." ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Benedict Randhawa
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
People of all ages can enjoy and learn from this series.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
John Boggala Benedict
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book for children.
Morlando K
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books-2
We love the Magic School Bus series. These books are so informative and visually appealing for readers of all ages.
Rebecca Simonin
Super informative alongside the story. Definitely a good resource to have in a classroom.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Learned all about bees. Kids loved it.
Malia Gaddis
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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 ...more
Stephanie Koerner
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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

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
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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 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 ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-youth
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 ...more
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Joanna Cole, who also wrote under the pseudonym B. J. Barnet, was 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 wrote 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 science

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