Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
The "Holiday Special" episode of The Magic School Bus focuses on the importance of recycling, and includes guest star Dolly Parton (as the voice of Murph) singing four seasonal tunes by Peter Lurye. Just before school gets out for winter recess, Wanda prepares to attend the Nutcracker by bringing a toy soldier along with her. However, during a class trip to Murph's recycling plant, Wanda's toy gets recycled into bits of plastic. She cannot attend the Nutcracker without her toy, so she places the blame on recycling. Ms. Frizzle whips up a fun activity to teach Wanda the value of recycling, which ends up causing every recycled thing in town to fall apart -- including the magic school bus. The kids must fix the bus in order to get Wanda to the theatre in time to see the Nutcracker.
educational-television, field-trip, learning-adventures, lessons, recycling, school-bus, teacher