The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole

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The children in Ms Frizzle's class are going on an ordinary field trip, to the ocean. But when the bus drives onto the beach, across the sand, and into the ocean water without stopping, they know that they have once again embarked on one of Ms Frizzle's crazy class trips.
 

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Joanna Cole was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 11, 1944. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Indiana University, and City College of New York where she earned a degree in Psychology. Ms. Cole has worked as an elementary school teacher, a librarian, and a children's book editor. As a child, she loved science and explaining things and this is why she started writing children's books. She writes fiction and non-fiction titles. Her most well-known series are the Magic School Bus and the "Body." Cole's books have received a number of honors. A Horse's Body and A Snake's Body were both named Outstanding Science Trade Books for children by the joint committee of the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. In 1982, A Snake's Body was named a Children's Choice Book by the joint committee of the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. Both A Cat's Body and A Bird's Body were Junior Literary Guild selections. In 1991, she was awarded the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction award. She currently resides in Connecticut. Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite "Jamberry" and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of "Daddy Is a Doodlebug" and "Sailaway Home" as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; "Jazzmatazz!" by Stephanie Calmenson; and "Shirley's Wonderful Baby" by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library). Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York--just like Charlie Muttnik--and now lives with his family in Connecticut.
 
Published September 1, 1993 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Exuding her usual air of competence, Ms. Frizzle drives the magic school bus to the beach, over the sand, and into the waves to take her wisecracking class on a tour of an intertidal zone, the continental shelf, the deep sea bottom, and a coral reef.

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In a starred review, PW praised ``this fanciful yet scientifically accurate romp'' in which ``weighty information is buoyantly supported by energetic, cartoony illustrations.'' Ages 6-9. (July)

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Readers follow as the kids travel to the Arctic to see melting ice, view worldwide effects of climate change (which appear in comic book–like panels), and catch rides on sunbeams to learn about the greenhouse effect.

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In a starred review, PW praised ``this fanciful yet scientifically accurate romp'' in which ``weighty information is buoyantly supported by energetic, cartoony illustrations.'' Ages 6-9.

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One of the classmates, Arthur, is often anxious about the field trips, and some kids might be scared by images of a dinosaur eating another injured dinosaur, or by the bus making a narrow escape from an erupting volcano.

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One of the classmates, Arthur, is often anxious about the field trips, and some kids might be scared by images of a dinosaur eating another injured dinosaur, or by the bus making a narrow escape from an erupting volcano.

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