Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon
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The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!
Meet Jack and Annie! Jack and his younger sister, Annie, are just regular kids. But when they discover a tree house in the woods, something magical happens. Jack and Annie are whisked back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs, a medieval castle, ancient pyramids, and treasure-seeking pirates. Every visit to the magic tree house leads to adventure!
Books in this set include: Dinosaurs Before Dark (#1), The Knight at Dawn (#2), Mummies in the Morning (#3), and Pirates Past Noon (#4).
Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?
Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books
Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader
Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure
Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures
Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!
- Amazon Sales Rank: #198 in Books
- Brand: RANDOM HOUSE
- Published on: 2001-05-29
- Released on: 2001-05-29
- Format: Box set
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 4
- Dimensions: 7.75" h x .91" w x 5.25" l, .60 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 80 pages
- RANDOM HOUSE
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Just in time for the holidays enjoy eight "Magic Tree House chapter books in a special CD gift set. As an added bonus, listen to an interview with the author and reader, Mary Pope Osborne.
These eight stories, currently available as two retail volumes on cassette with a combines price of $36.00, are being offered now along with the interview in a 5-CD set at a special price of $30.00.
About the Author
MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series as well as coauthor of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series, along with her husband, Will, and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce.
SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated over 200 children’s trade and textbooks. He currently teaches children’s illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Listening to these first four stories, it's easy to see why Osborne's Tree House series is so popular. Children get to travel across time and space with Jack and Annie, visiting other worlds, which the author brings to life with writing that's informative, fun, and full of details. The author reads the stories herself and does a fine job. She has a pleasant, careful voice and an immaculate sense of timing; she's willing to use lots of imagination in differentiating her many characters, and her Jack and Annie are both likable and believable. Children will enjoy Mary Pope Osborne's pacing, her ability to create suspense, and her knack for bringing history alive in a playful way. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Most helpful customer reviews
88 of 90 people found the following review helpful.
These Books have the 'Potential" to be Great...
By AKgirl 85
These books are okay. They are easy for my first and second graders to read, who are just transitioning into chapter books. The characters are easy to keep track of, and there are both a boy and a girl, so it is gender neutral. I also like that the stories teach us something, and can be used with the corresponding nonfiction "fact tracker" series to learn about all sorts of interesting creatures and/or historical events.
That being said, I do have a few qualms. First of all, I strongly agree with the reviewers that criticized the author/editor for letting these books be published with so many grammatical errors! Children learn by example, and reading incomplete sentences, misspelled words, proper nouns that are not capitalized, and loosely structured paragraphs makes it hard to teach proper mechanics. These books could have been phenomenal if not for the poor grammar!.....I myself debated on whether or not to use these for a while, and then decided that that I could use the errors as a jumping off point to teach some basic rules of grammar. Each day I put a couple of selections out of the book on the board, and asked the kids to fix it. We worked on ways to improve the writing, but honestly, it was a lot of extra work! I would have rather had the grammar be correct in the beginning, and then I would have been able to use the book as an example of good sentence structure.
Also, I may be old fashioned (even though I'm young), but I do not like some of the ways that the characters respond to each other, such as by saying, "Oh, don't be stupid" and things like that. I know kids talk to each other this way, but I want to build an atmosphere of mutual respect, and some things just kind of hit me as bad examples, even if I am being a bit too picky.
Honestly, I would say that I my kiddos and I enjoyed the companion Fact Tracker books a lot more than the actual Magic Tree House ones. The grammar isn't perfect, but it is a lot better, and the paragraphs are more clearly defined, so I didn't feel the need to 'correct' it for them. Since the books are nonfiction, they also fit nicely into science and history lessons, and you don't need to read the Magic Tree House books first!
In addition, I would recommend the Boxcar Children series--although these may seem a little daunting for some beginning readers to read all on their own. The chapters are a little longer and there are more words on a page, but the adventures are just an interesting, the grammar is correct, and the characters are good role models. I only wish that there were 'fact tracker' books to go along with THAT set!
In conclusion, like many other reviewers have said, these are "great books, but poorly written." I have heard that the books farther on in the series are better, and I hope that this is true...but I don't know if we will continue on to find out.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Exciting, Educational, and Easy to read aloud to kids
I learned about this series when my 5 year old son picked up a set at Costco and another mom walked over to recommend them. I bought the set at Costco and we enjoyed it so much I quickly ordered this set from Amazon. The books are exciting, with interesting illustrations, and have been a great introduction to chapter books for our family. My kids get so into the story, I've been able to start and finish each book in one sitting (my kids aren't reading chapter books themselves yet). It takes about 30 minutes for me to read through the story out loud, stopping to peruse the pictures. These stories stick with the kids. For example, we reenacted the dinosaur scenes in our yard, with each of us playing a different part. I also took the opportunity to point out a magnolia tree in our neighborhood to them, after reading about one in the first story. The whole structure of these books is educational, with lots of details and facts about the subject matter. I'm so happy to have found this and see the spark for reading and learning in my kids. We will most likely read many more in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Nice stories that try to teach a little bit too.
Our five-year old loves listening to these stories. We read them over the course of a couple of days (although he does not want to stop reading). Some parts are a little scary for our five-year old (the ninja book), but he is grasping many of the concepts and plots. I find the books a bit repetitive and hackneyed, but they are not for me. The series is about a brother and sister who live in Frog Creek, PA. They discover a treehouse in the woods near their house. The treehouse is filled with books. The treehouse takes them to the places in the books. Jack is older and more cautious. He likes to read the books. Annie is impetuous and always running ahead. Jack and Annie get to learn a little bit (and so do we) about the times and places they visit.