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

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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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Stacy Yes Lyn, we were taught that Pluto is a planet. As I read the book to my granddaughter, I explained to her that as children we were taught Pluto WAS a…moreYes Lyn, we were taught that Pluto is a planet. As I read the book to my granddaughter, I explained to her that as children we were taught Pluto WAS a planet, but astronomers and scientists have since changes their opinions. Who knows-- just as they changed their opinions once it could very well happens again. Apart from that, I still felt the book had educational value. There were things I learned I did not know. (less)
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Stacy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Frizzle and the class explore our solar system, planet by planet and through the asteroid belt. The book is educational, giving lots of information (I learned some things), but is a bit long for one sitting. We read it in two sittings.
Carolyn
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Siobhan
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Kaetlin V
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System takes readers on an adventure with Ms. Frizzle and her class, this time, to outer space. Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip to each of the planets in the solar system in order to learn all about each of the planets. Growing up with The Magic School Bus, I was immediately excited to read this book. With its fun and detailed illustrations, I loved this picturebook because it provided info ...more
Tonya Nelson
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Tiffany
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
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Adam
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Lauren Smeltzer
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marlena Jessen
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magic School Bus books are a great addition to any book shelf. The wide variety of characters in Ms. Frizzle's classroom allow students to connect with or know someone that is like one of the characters. In this book, students were supposed to go to the local planetarium, but once they got there, it was closed. Arnold's cousin Janet was visiting for the day, and was constantly saying that her school was better, and that something like that would never happen. The class reassured her that Ms. ...more
Vanessa Gomez RDG
This book is apart of The Magic School Bus series. In this book, Ms. Frizzle takes the students into the Solar System. Ms. Frizzle gives them a tour of our Solar System. They visit the sun and Ms. Frizzle explains to her students that they cannot land on it because it is way too hot. She also takes them to the moon and the students learn about zero gravity in outer space. Then the trip continues to other planets like Mercury, Venus, and Mars. During the trip, Ms. Frizzle's line gets cut and drif ...more
Kamillah
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
Allie
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeanne Kurt
May 20, 2015 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
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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
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
Pamela Vargas
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tots R
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Makayla Boysen
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
What an amazing children's science fiction book! I loved reading “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System” by Joanna Cole, the story line was so fun and interesting to follow, plus there was so much factual information on the side of the story! Magic School Bus should be brought into all Elementary classrooms, they have so much to teach children. In this book, Ms. Frizzles class plans on going to the local planetarium to learn about the sky and solar system, the story takes a turn when th ...more
Lena
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michelle Tran
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost in the Solar System is a story about Ms. Frizzle's 4th grade class. Their planned fieldtrip to the planetarium was cancelled due to the closure. Ms. Frizzle and the bus decide to go outer space instead. They explore the moon, sun, asteroid belt, and planets. Somewhere along the way, Ms. Frizzle gets lost and the class must carry on the field trip to find her.

I enjoyed this book. This genre is mostly science fiction with elements of science fiction and comedy as well. The story had a big em
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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
Timothy Luken
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informational
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
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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
Bre Peoples
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Karissa Youngblood
This book was about the class’s field trip to outer space where they get to visit each planet and explore the solar system. During this trip, Ms. Frizzle, their teacher, accidently gets lost in outer space. Due to excellent teamwork and learning about the solar system, they are able to get Ms. Frizzle back and go back to earth.
This is one of my favorite children’s books. I love how creative it and how much information it gives about each subject they explore. I really like that on every page it
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Andrew
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Wingrove
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book was about Ms. Frizzle's class (plus a guest, Janet) taking a field trip to the Planetarium--only, it was closed. So instead, the bus grew rockets and took the class to outer space. They saw all of the planets and the sun, but unfortunately when the bus lost a tail light, they lost Ms. Frizzle. Once they figured out auto-pilot, Janet saved Ms. Frizzle and they went home to build a mobile of the planets.
I loved this book! I've always been a fan of The Magic School bus, and I'm especiall
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Michelae Danielle
1. "The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System" features Ms. Frizzles class who happen to have a magic school bus to take them on hands on, authentic field trips. This trip they go to check out the Solar System and get to see the planets, moons and asteroid belt first hand! \
2. This book, despite is publishing date is still tons of fun to read! The book could be updated to reflect the demotion of Pluto and perhaps mention some new exploration discoveries beyond our system.
3. Books to pair: "
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Amadi
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I read this book to a class of four-year-olds. Although I believe much of the material went over their heads, the book provided information for many different levels of understanding. The children very much enjoyed the illustrations and jokes.
Staci
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching The Magic School Bus as a child (back when Pluto was still a planet) and the Solar System episode was my favorite; thus I was a bit disappointed to see that the book is a little different from the TV show episode. Or well, I guess I should say that the episode is a little different since the book came out first. However, I actually prefer the episode over the original book. For example, I was surprised to see that Janet is actually in the book and just as annoying as she is i ...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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