By: Joanna Cole (Author), Bruce Degen (Illustrator), 漆仰平(Translator)
Originally Published in: United States
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 30-32
Lines per page: 3-10
Luka® can read these books!
Expose kids to science vocabulary in the format of exciting stories of the Chinese 神奇校车 (shén qí xiào chē) Magic School Bus!
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.
《腐烂小分队》(Fǔ làn xiǎo fēn duì) The Magic School & the Rot Squad
《蛋糕的秘密》(Dàn gāo de mì mì) The Magic School Bus Gets Baked In A Cake
《种子的奥秘》(Zhǒng zǐ de ào mì) The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds
《有趣的食物链》(Yǒu qù de shí wù liàn) The Magic School Bus and the Food Chain Frenzy
《深入火山》(Shēn rù huǒ shān) The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top
《点亮彩虹》(Diǎn liàng cǎi hóng) The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow
《把热留住》(Bǎ rè liú zhù) The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heat
《与病菌作战》(Yǔ bìng jùn zuò zhàn)The Magic School Bus Fights Germs
《星星诞生记》(Xīng xīng dàn shēng jì) The Magic School Bus Sees Stars
《气象超人》(Qì xiàng chāo rén) 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":
Ages 5+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka® or a caregiver.
"Read by myself":
The limited text per page and the prevalence of common language make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced readers ages 7+.
Option to pair with Luka®:
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Set Luka® in front of the book, and it will read aloud any page your child turns to-- creating a unique, independent physical book reading experience even if your child isn't ready to read by themselves. Click to read our founders' personal review of Luka here.