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At the Waterworks (Magic School Bus) [Paperback]

Joanna Cole , Bruce Degen
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19 April 1996 Magic School Bus
While other classes are visiting the zoo or the circus for their science projects, Miss Frizzle has announced a trip to the waterworks. Everyone groans until they find out exactly how they are going to see where the city gets its water.


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; New edition edition (19 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590139495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590139496
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the author and illustrator of the Magic School Bus books, have collaborated for twenty years, bringing humor and true kidlike curiosity to science and learning. Booklist heralded Ms. Frizzle as "the wackiest, wisest teacher in picture books." Two MSB titles have been named School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and they have won countless state book awards, from New York to Nebraska. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 3 Mar 2014
By redroof
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
v good book v funny and informative at the same time. the book was second hand and was in poorer condition than I expected from the info on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series! 10 Mar 2012
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Like others in the series, At the Waterworks (Magic School Bus) is not only entertaining for all the members of my family, but educational in the most appealing way. The story is humorous and informative; the "essays" of members of Ms. Frizzle's class provide additional facts that expand on the story. I highly recommend this book and others in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splashing Debut 10 Oct 2003
By Children's Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Magic School Bus: At the Waterworks" is the first in a series of science picture books geared towards young ones. Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, it marks the debut of one of the most successful concepts in the history of children's literature.
Cole and Degen successfully blend fun and learning into their stories, striking a resonant chord with kids and parents alike. Because, let's face it, education - no matter what subject you're delving into - can be a tad boring at times. But anyone who's ever worked with children knows that adding a pinch of excitement and a smidgeon of enjoyment into the knowledge pot takes an otherwise bland topic and transforms it into something delectable.
"At the Waterworks" introduces us to Ms. Frizzle, a one-of-a-kind instructor who knows how to take seemingly uninspiring themes and metamorphose them into action-packed adventures. The kids in her class consider Ms. Frizzle "the strangest teacher in school." And they are less than enthused when they find out their first class trip is the local waterworks; it seems to pale in comparison to field trips other classes are taking, such as to the circus or to the zoo. But these students have obviously never gone on a class trip with Ms. Frizzle; nor have they ever taken a ride in her magic school bus.
Before they know it, Ms. Frizzle has sent them on a splashing journey. They learn all about the wonders of water; how it is the only substance in nature that can form into a solid, liquid or gas. They come to understand the water cycle; how water evaporates into a gas to form clouds and liquefies as it falls to the ground as rain. They even take a tour of the local waterworks; how water is filtered and purified for people to drink, and how it is distributed throughout the city in underground pipes to businesses and homes.
Needless to say, the children in Ms. Frizzle's class experience a once-in-a-lifetime voyage, one they won't ever forget! And for those "serious students who do not like any kidding around when it comes to science facts," the final pages distinguish what things were true in the story and what things were made up.
Cole and Degen hit the children's literacy jackpot with this series, and it all started with "At the Waterworks." This book was written in 1986, and the "Magic School Bus" is still riding strong - it has spawned numerous picture books, chapter books, a cartoon show, television tie-in books, computer games, etc. The key to its success lies in the fact that it mixes education with a hearty dose of humor and fun. And when you stir those ingredients together, you have a winning formula.
You cannot go wrong with Ms. Frizzle and her magic school bus. These books are so enjoyable, children and parents alike delight in them. I don't know why it took me so long to discover this series, but I'm glad it happened! I cannot say enough great things about it! Do yourself a favor and read a few of these stories; you will not regret it.
As Ms. Frizzle herself would say, "It's time to take chances! Make mistakes! And get messy!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic School Bus: At the Waterworks 25 Mar 2000
By Karen M. Logan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I taught a unit on water to three second grade classes this year and this book helped the students understand where our city drinking water comes from, how it is treated for impurities and how it gets moved through the system and into our homes. The pictures and text are informative as well as humorous and entertaining. This book kept the students' attention and promoted discussiom. I highly reccommend it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this series 29 Sep 2010
By Dad of one - Published on Amazon.com
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Love, love, love these books!!! We have been reading these books to my daughter since she was 3 years old because she is curious and asks questions about everything! Each book has great detail and information about the topic of that book. The characters make learning about science fun and exciting! Definitely not a bedtime book because the books generate even more questions from your child. Great way to encourage interest in science! My wife and I have even learned from reading these books to our daughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Many layers of detail 18 Jan 2003
By Catherine Hallberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the older Magic School Bus books which has layers of detail in it. You can chose how many layers to read, depending on the child's interest and on the time you have available for reading.
The obvious layer is the text. There is plenty of information from just reading the text. If you want to add more, read the dialogue between the characters, written cartoon style in balloons. The most detail would come from the children's sketches and notes that are in the (very wide) margins.
I like the scheme of taking the children through the system and coming out the other end. Children usually find the fantasy of changing size to be fascinating as well. To my knowledge, the book is factual and fairly well up to date.
As a seamstress, I love Ms Frizzle's clothing and accessories.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars makes kids feel unafraid to be science geeks 7 Feb 2009
By Beatrice Izzey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great, almost un American book in that kids are told that it's OK, even wonderful and wondrous to be science geeks, be curious. Love the Frizz when she says "take chances, get messy, make mistakes," and encourages her students to explore. In a society that elevates sports and violence for boys, and beauty and cattiness for girls, this series stands out for encouraging gender neutral intellectualism and academic achievement. My geeky 5 year old can't get enough, having finally found fictional characters that reflect her and encourage her. Factual substance-wise, I as a 40 year old have learned tons.
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