By: Joanna Cole (author), Bruce Degen (illustrator), 漆仰平(translator)
Originally published in: USA
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 30-32 pages
Lines per page: 3-10 lines
Price per book: $4.50
Audio book: read by Luka
Expose kids to science vocabulary in the format of exciting stories of the Chinese Magic School Bus 神奇校车 (shén qí xiào chē)!
The 10 books in this Cartoon Version (动画版) are of similar language level as the Magic School Bus 12-Book Set (Original Picture Book Version (图画书版)). The two sets cover different topics and stories--each book in this set aligns with an episode of the Magic School Bus animated series available on Netflix.
This 10-book set is slightly smaller in size than the Magic School Bus 12-Book Set (Original Picture Book Version (图画书版)).
Both this Cartoon Version (动画版) and the Magic School Bus 12-Book Set (Original Picture Book Version (图画书版)) are written at a more advanced reading level than the Magic School Bus 20-Book Set (Level 2 Reader Bridge Version(桥梁版).
These stories captivate kids' imaginations while simultaneously educating them about science. Additionally, most of the story lines involve resolving social or emotional issues commonly faced by school-age children.
Complement this set by allowing students to watch the corresponding episodes of the original English animated series on Netflix.
Alternatively, to provide more Mandarin immersion time, try the newly released Netflix-original series The Magic School Bus Rides Again which is available with Mandarin audio and Simplified or Traditional subtitles.
《神奇校车：腐烂小分队》The Magic School & the Rot Squad
《神奇校车：蛋糕的秘密》The Magic School Bus Gets Baked In A Cake
《神奇校车：种子的奥秘》The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds
《神奇校车：有趣的食物链》The Magic School Bus and the Food Chain Frenzy
《神奇校车：深入火山》The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top
《神奇校车：点亮彩虹》 The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow
《神奇校车：把热留住》 The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heat
《神奇校车：与病菌作战》The Magic School Bus Fights Germs
《神奇校车：星星诞生记》 The Magic School Bus Sees Stars
《神奇校车：气象超人》 The Magic School Bus Kicks Up A Storm
Read more about the magic and comparison of the Magic School Bus books, read this review from Chalk Academy.
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to Me": Children ages 5+ who like science exploration and have strong Mandarin listening comprehension, or who enjoy the Mandarin version of the animated Netflix series, will enjoy having this book read to them either by Luka or a caregiver. It takes Luka about 35 minutes to read each of these substantial Magic School Bus books, which makes them an engaging, screen-free way to bring more Chinese into your young learners life.
"Read by Myself": Learners ages 7+ who have a firm foundation reading Chinese books with 5-10 sentence per page, and who knows about 1000 characters will likely recognize 90% of the vocabulary.
Option to pair with Luka:
Luka reads all 10 books in this set!
Set Luka in front of a book, and it will read aloud any page your child turns to. For busy parents who are wrestling with time to sit down with their children as they gravitate towards longer book reading sessions, Luka will really be helpful! Luka creates a unique, independent physical book reading experience even if your child can't read by herself yet.
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