Plus, she drives a pretty sweet vehicle. Gone were the simplistic Dick and Jane stories of yesteryear; brilliant wordsmiths like Dr. Seuss and Beverly Cleary had long since replaced them with fun, energized page-turners that kids actually wanted to read. However, certain subjects were largely ignored. The Cat in the Hat and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were a godsend to English teachers, but nothing comparable could really be used in science classes.
Eventually, masses of educators started asking publishers to fill this void. Enter Craig Walker, the late former vice president of Scholastic, Inc. So we had the breakthrough idea of putting curriculum science inside a story. Readers from around the world fell in love with both the book and its peculiar, red-headed protagonist. She brought everything imaginable into the classroom—even a teepee—and had every corner, ledge, and windowsill filled with things.
In addition, Degen and Cole have each cited a teacher from their respective childhoods as inspiring some of Ms. The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks was a difficult juggling act. Cole knew from the start that her story needed to be funny and informative in equal measure. Also, she knew she'd have to boil down complicated ideas into terms that any child could understand—without boring her young readers. So, I cleaned out my closets, and I washed things.
I mean, the kinds of things I never do. And one day I just said to myself, 'You have to write today. You have to sit down. So, I wrote these words: This year, we got Ms. Frizzle, the strangest teacher in school. Frizzle's character and the journey that was about to unfold. And you had that blondish, curly hair; and that was you. Native to eastern Africa, the animal now roams the Hawaiian islands as well thanks to careless pet owners. Originally, it was Cole who hatched the idea of giving Frizzle a lizard sidekick.
Launched in , the PBS series lasted for four seasons and 52 episodes. The hard-rocking intro was penned by lyricist Peter Lurye and sung by s icon Little Richard, who is perhaps best-known for his mega-hit, "Tutti Frutti.
Getty Images Lily Tomlin has been the voice of Ms. Cole felt that the book was both timely and necessary. Ordinarily, Cole spends six months researching the topic of a given installment. Frizzle decided to branch out into the realm of social studies. Those books find Frizzle going on vacation, far away from her students and bus.
A computer-animated reboot entitled Magic School Bus will be popping up in your queue at some point in