The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge Book Review and Giveaway

There probably aren’t many kids (or parents) in the US who haven’t read a Magic School Bus book at some point. They’re really great for older kids who not only want a story, but also want to learn something at the same time.

So when I got a review copy of The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge from Scholastic, I was jazzed to see the topic of global warming and climate change become one of the science themes that author Joanna Cole and artist Bruce Degen are presenting for kids.

And a couple of lucky Natural Papa readers will win their own copies of this book for their kids or classroom. Read on to find out how.

“Ms. Frizzle’s students are putting on a play about global warming, and they need some cold, hard facts. The Friz knows just where to find them! A hop on the Magic School Bus takes the kids on a whirlwind tour. From the Arctic to the equator, they see telltale signs of climate change. But to get the really big picture, the class has to get really small – so they can see exactly what is in the air and why it is making the world warmer. What they find gives them a real cause for concern!

Luckily, the Friz has some hands-on advice. With their knack for making science accessible, Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen give this hot topic a refreshing, kid-friendly spin that will inspire all to do their part. Ms. Frizzle and the class are up for the climate challenge. Are you?”

Full of bite-sized science facts and kid-friendly explanations without talking down to kids, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge isn’t a gloom and doom book. It’s got plenty of actionable changes that kids and parents can make to help save energy and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Presented in classic Magic School Bus style, this book is sure to be well received by children, and I dare say that parents will also learn from it.

You’re also invited to climb on board with author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen for a free webcast on Tuesday, April 20th at 1pm ET / 10am PT as they join Ms. Frizzle to celebrate Earth Day and their new book at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey! Sign up here: Magic School Bus Live Webcast. Be sure to register today!

And now for the good part: the giveaway!

The grand prize winner will receive a copy of The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge book, plus a set of five organic cotton reusable sandwich and snack bags from Graze Organic. Two additional winners will receive a copy of the book.

To enter, leave me a comment here describing at least one way you’re teaching your children to respect our natural resources and protect our environment. The giveaway will run through April 30th.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

6 thoughts on “The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge Book Review and Giveaway

  • April 16, 2010 at 10:27 am
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    What a great giveaway! I have two daughters, one almost 11 and the other 10 months. My older girl lives with her dad, but when she is with me we use no paper towels, EVER, and we compost all of our dinner scraps. She also sees me cloth diapering her little sister. I think all of these little choices are teaching her by example how to be good stewards of the environment. We also like to watch movies like Food, Inc. and No Impact Man together and talk about them afterward, often discussing what changes we can make. When I involve her in the process and get her ideas (like craft projects with things we would otherwise throw away), she comes away from it with her own sense of responsibility.

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  • April 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm
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    We wash and reuse plastic bags, use almost no paper towels, grow as much as we can in our own garden (freeze/can the bounty), and eat in season as much as possible. We like to visit “nature” in state and national parks, packing in our own food and taking everything back out with us. We try to be wise consumers, keeping in mind the packaging involved, whenever possible. We wrap gifts in reusable cloth bags…usually pillowcases. 😉
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Geometry Class #3 =-.

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  • April 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm
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    We’re using cloth diapers exclusively. Our daughter is a little young to understand, but I’ve been teaching my 4 yr old niece about them and about why we use them. Yesterday, after I explained what a snappi was for, she told me that cloth diapers are cool.

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  • April 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm
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    Great giveaway! We are teaching our young boys to recycle and tyring to only put out one bag of trash a week. Growing our own garden, making napkins, and we are most excited to get them involved with “The Story of Stuff.”

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  • April 27, 2010 at 9:52 am
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    We are planting a garden with our 2-year-old. We’re teaching him the names of all the vegetables and plants and birds in our yard. We’re trying to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors while the weather is nice. Coincidentally, we also recently checked out the Magic Schoolbus DVD from the library where the kids go to the recycling plant and learn about what the world would be like without recycling (Dolly Parton plays a role). It’s great, and he loves to watch it.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..After: Backyard Goes Bird Friendly =-.

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  • January 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm
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    We teach our kids about the importance of conserving energy, water, gas, food & Improving effiencies by turning off water and lights when not using them and to not be wastefull. They are 2 very beautiful girls 4 & 5 years old and very (green) already. We activly volunteer, even tho we have came upon hard times as me their father has been in and out of surgery and work we still set the tone about the importance of giving back and helping thru volunteer work and cleaning up the streets. We can defenitly use some positive in our life to some them that good people to win. Thank you!

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