Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Joanna Cole.
Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
Jump rope rhymes do more than keep the rhythm; they're often silly and just plain fun! Familiar and not so familiar rhymes are presented here with humorous line drawings to get and keep readers counting, maintaining a rhythm, and enjoying the game.
Hungry, Hungry Sharks
Well-chosen information about these ancient and ever-interesting predators is presented in an easily accessible format. Text is clearly written and accompanied by dramatic illustrations to depict different kinds of sharks and their habits.
Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane
If only every child could have a teacher like Ms. Frizzle, every field trip would be unforgettable! Here, the kids get the inside scoop on hurricanes by going into its eye in their school bus (turned weather plane) to learn how hurricanes form and to experience their power. There's an extra bit of drama when Arnold becomes separated from the class, but is happily reunited.
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt
Imagine traveling to Egypt with the well known and much loved teacher, Ms. Frizzle. Well, the kids join the Friz on a trip to Egypt finding them enmeshed in the goings-on of ancient Egypt — including mummification and building the pyramids. The intermingling of lively text and adroit illustration are well placed in the oversize format.
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China
Ms. Frizzle, the amazing teacher whose students experience field trips in extraordinary fashion, now moves into history and other social studies areas. In this installment, Ms. Frizzle and her class travel by dragon to 11th century China to experience its history.
Dog lovers everywhere will appreciate the canine shenanigans of best friends, Lucie and Kate. They are neighbors in a no-dogs-allowed apartment but they use their amazing dog-bone necklaces to become dogs! Dog jokes and dog notes by the authors conclude this playful novel.
The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs
Everyone's favorite science teacher is back as Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a journey into the Mesozoic Era. The Magic School Bus becomes a time machine, giving the students a first-hand look at many dinosaurs and the eras in which they lived. The text and illustrations are blended in this amazing fact and trivia-filled field trip to the past.
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
The planetarium is closed for repairs, so the Magic School Bus blasts off on a real tour of the solar system. After their previous field trips, the children in Ms. Frizzle's class are rather blasé about landing on the Moon, Venus, and Mars. A first-class introduction to the planets, fine for pleasure or purpose reading.
The New Baby at Your House
How does an older sibling respond to and feel about the inevitable changes when a baby joins a family? Straightforward text and crisp, full-color photographs present many aspects of a new baby – including diapers and other not-so-often discussed issues – while reassuring the older sibling of their continued place in a loving family.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? And Other Riddles Old & New
From groaners to puzzlers, this well organized collection of jokes, riddles, puns, and more will intrigue, cause chuckles or a guffaw, and make the reader think as it entertains and engages during multiple perusals.
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