By: Joanna Cole (author), Bruce Degen (illustrator), 蒲公英童书馆(translated)
Originally published in: USA
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 40-48 pages
Lines per page: 5-20 short lines
Price per book: $5.79
Audio book: all read by Luka
Expose kids to science vocabulary in the format of these exciting Chinese Magic School Bus 神奇校车 (shén qí xiào chē) stories!
This book set ( original picture book version/图画书版) is a re-print of the wildly popular set originally published in the late 1980's. The original set resulted in the creation of the Canadian-American animated series which so many parents today will fondly remember watching at school or on PBS! This set has been revised with updated scientific information, but, these books still have the same appeal and follow the same story lines as the original set.
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.
The 12 books in this Original Picture Book Version (图画书版) are of similar language level as the Magic School Bus 10-Book Set (Cartoon Version (动画版)). The two sets cover different topics and stories and this 12-book set is slightly bigger in size than the Magic School Bus 10-Book Set (Cartoon Version (动画版))..
Both this Original Picture Book Version (图画书版) and the Magic School Bus 10-Book Set (Cartoon Version (动画版)) are of a slightly more advanced reading level than the Magic School Bus 20-Book Set (Level 2 Reader Bridge Version(桥梁版).
Complement this set by allowing students to watch the original English animated series on Netflix and ask if they can recognize any of the scientific facts that have been updated in the book version. 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：地球内部探秘》 Inside the Earth
《神奇校车：气候大挑战》The Climate Challenges
《神奇校车：探访感觉器官》The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
《神奇校车：漫游电世界》The Electric Field Trip
《神奇校车：奇妙的蜂巢》Inside a Beehive
《神奇校车：穿越飓风》Inside a Hurricane
《神奇校车：追寻恐龙》In the Time of the Dinosaurs
《神奇校车：海底探险》On the Ocean Floor
《神奇校车：迷失在太阳系》Lost in the Solar System
《神奇校车：在人体中游览》Inside the Human Body
《神奇校车：水的故事》At the Waterworks
《神奇校车：科学博览会》The Science Fair Expedition
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 learner's 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 12 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. Click to read our founders' personal review of Luka here.