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The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series

The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series

Spring 2013 DVD
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Producer: New Video
DVD Price: $79.95
Review:

This is the first time the beloved Magic School Bus series (based on the equally popular children's books) has been offered as a complete set. It provides an 8-DVD collection (that's 52 full episodes), and to up the fun factor, the set comes in an eye-catching 3D package.

The series focuses on the scientific world and in each episode the Magic School bus transports its lucky students on adventures to study everything from life beneath the seas (The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive) to what's happening high above the Earth (The Magic School Bus Takes Flight), and all things scientific in between.

Aimed at viewers aged 4 to 9, the science (and related math) concepts are explained thoroughly but in age-appropriate terms, and the program uses clear and practical examples to illustrate how physics, chemistry, biology and more explain the patterns at play in everyday life. And no Magic School Bus field trip is complete without exuberant, pun-cracking teacher Ms. Frizzle (voiced by endlessly talented comedian Lily Tomlin), who ensures as much entertainment and adventure as academic study.

It totals over 22 hours of viewing time plus a couple of DVD Extras, including a 24-page activity booklet; a Parents' Guide for using programs as educational tools; and English- and Spanish-language options. The television series premiered in 1994 and seeing all of the episodes in one collection makes it clear why The Magic School Bus has endured for years. It's an outstanding example of educational programming that absorbs viewers and has the capacity to create a life-long fascination of and appreciation for facts about how our world works.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.


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