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Magic Tree House: #1-4 [ebook Collection: Mystery of the Tree House]

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The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic Tree House will take the The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic Tree House will take the brother-and-sister team next. The story begins with Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie discover a mysterious tree house filled with books and a trip back to the time of the dinosaurs follows. In The Knight at Dawn, Jack and Annie are in the Great Hall of a castle; a feast is under way, but they aren't exactly welcome guests. When the tree house whisks them back to ancient Egypt in Mummies in the Morning, Jack and Annie must help a long-dead queen solve a puzzle. And in Pirates Past Noon, Jack and Annie find a secret map that leads to buried treasure and ruthless pirates! Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians all over the world with her New York Times bestselling series.


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The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic Tree House will take the The adventures that started it all! Newly bound together, the first four books of the fan-favorite chapter-book series are the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series. Parents, teachers, and librarians hail the series as a tool to promote reading, as even the most reluctant readers want to know where the Magic Tree House will take the brother-and-sister team next. The story begins with Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie discover a mysterious tree house filled with books and a trip back to the time of the dinosaurs follows. In The Knight at Dawn, Jack and Annie are in the Great Hall of a castle; a feast is under way, but they aren't exactly welcome guests. When the tree house whisks them back to ancient Egypt in Mummies in the Morning, Jack and Annie must help a long-dead queen solve a puzzle. And in Pirates Past Noon, Jack and Annie find a secret map that leads to buried treasure and ruthless pirates! Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians all over the world with her New York Times bestselling series.

30 review for Magic Tree House: #1-4 [ebook Collection: Mystery of the Tree House]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Sojkowski

    So this will we a review of every Magic Tree House book EVER. I LOVED this series growing up. My life practically revolved around going to the library to get the next book! I stopped reading after #34 where they were coming out new and I had to wait forever for the library to get them and i was growing up and reading new things. I slowly forgot about this beloved series and was on to bigger and better things (Magic Tree house wasn't exactly a challenging read for any 5th-9th grader lol but the o So this will we a review of every Magic Tree House book EVER. I LOVED this series growing up. My life practically revolved around going to the library to get the next book! I stopped reading after #34 where they were coming out new and I had to wait forever for the library to get them and i was growing up and reading new things. I slowly forgot about this beloved series and was on to bigger and better things (Magic Tree house wasn't exactly a challenging read for any 5th-9th grader lol but the other day i tripped over a box in my basement. What was in the box? My old magic tree house books! I had the box set 1-4 and a couple other random numbers thrown in there. I can't really remember what it was that had me so captivated by the books but I think it was because Jack and Annie were so different. Jack stuck to facts, was a total nerd, and needed to loosen up and have some fun. Annie needed to grow up a bit, she was funny, a tiny bit annoying and rushed into things sometimes, but the brother and sister pair balanced each other out. The books were cute, hilarious, factual, and made learning easy. Definitely something everyone should read in their childhood!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maya Orama

    This book was about this boy nam e jack and this girl. Name Annie and then jack and Annie was waking in the forest And Then Annie said look a tree hose and then jack clim up to and then jack saw a thrall Tavares and then and then Annie Clim up the magic tree hose and then Annie was going on the tragic and then jack pick up a timer and then jack. ow Saw iota of diner savers and then jack ran because Annie all mossy fell Downey and then jack saw a diner core and Then jack Was around the tree and t This book was about this boy nam e jack and this girl. Name Annie and then jack and Annie was waking in the forest And Then Annie said look a tree hose and then jack clim up to and then jack saw a thrall Tavares and then and then Annie Clim up the magic tree hose and then Annie was going on the tragic and then jack pick up a timer and then jack. ow Saw iota of diner savers and then jack ran because Annie all mossy fell Downey and then jack saw a diner core and Then jack Was around the tree and then jack was safe home.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Grace (6) likes some of these books, but Lily (4) loves them. She has already read 4 and is currently reading another one. She can't get enough. Of course, she can't read them by herself yet, but even with just a few pictures she has loved having these books read to her at night. She begs for more chapters. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because it's not that well written and all the books pretty much follow the exact same formula. The only thing that changes is the location. Good for kids, but kind Grace (6) likes some of these books, but Lily (4) loves them. She has already read 4 and is currently reading another one. She can't get enough. Of course, she can't read them by herself yet, but even with just a few pictures she has loved having these books read to her at night. She begs for more chapters. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because it's not that well written and all the books pretty much follow the exact same formula. The only thing that changes is the location. Good for kids, but kind of boring for parents.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I'd probably give these 4 stars, but my reluctant reader LOVES them. These are the first chapter books that he has been excited about. A brother and sister stick together through all kinds of adventures and learn about different times and places (dinosaurs, mummies, the amazon, egypt, etc.). It takes us two 25-30 minute readings to finish a book together. There is usually a picture in each chapter, which is kind of fun too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judy Fisher

    I read these books to my kids when they were little (a long time ago). Kept going as they learned to read and would then read them to me. I always enjoyed the stories as much as my boys did.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nehemiah Jacques

    I think book number 1 and 2 were pretty good.Number 3 and 4 were ok.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    These books are a great read for the blooming reader. They are full of evens in time from a historical fiction point of view. In the first book the reader are placed in Frog Creek Pennsylvania with two young children who find a tree house that transports them into a place in that are in the books. These books are engaging and detailed for the young child. They mix excitement and love of learning through the adventures of Jack and Anne.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Eh... my 7yo daughter said she liked this but I found them very basic and predictable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    We got this series based on a friend's recommendation and it was spot on. My son DOES love it, but I don't. It's trite and the writing isn't particularly good. I love the concept and theme, but the application just isn't a winner for me. The issues: --Grammar and syntax aren't up to snuff. I know they are books for kids, but still. --The kids never change. We're already 10 books in and by book 2 we know that Annie is impulsive and Jack is thoughtful. When Annie's choices get them in trouble, nothi We got this series based on a friend's recommendation and it was spot on. My son DOES love it, but I don't. It's trite and the writing isn't particularly good. I love the concept and theme, but the application just isn't a winner for me. The issues: --Grammar and syntax aren't up to snuff. I know they are books for kids, but still. --The kids never change. We're already 10 books in and by book 2 we know that Annie is impulsive and Jack is thoughtful. When Annie's choices get them in trouble, nothing is learned. She's just as rash the next time. And Jack says wait, let's think about this... but never does. --Jack takes a bunch of notes about really mundane facts. Why can't he take notes about something useful to develop that researcher/scientist angle? --Morgan le Fay is from Camelot but speaks as if she is from the 21st century. --Everyone (even the Japanese and Innuit) speak English. --It seems like Osborne tries to add a lot of drama to areas that don't need them ("Then everything was still. Absolutely still." Really? Again? Got it, it's still.) and then sort of speeds over areas that may actually be dramatic (like sharks and thin ice, etc). In summary, it's not literature. Everything is glossed over: character development, sentence structure, climax building, plot intrigue, thought-provoking situations... It's no Roald Dahl or CS Lewis or JK Rowling or... But it is for him, aged 6 1/2, and that's why we got them. He doesn't pick up on any of these annoyances. Unfortunately, we're reading them to him, so we have to make it through all 40-something, repetitive stories. Then we can get back to the good stuff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    sh(e)reader

    My youngest (1st grade) is showing an interest in reading. This series always gets good reviews as a good "chapter" book starter. My older kids have read a few of them here and there but they never totally clicked (nothing much clicks with my boys). But #5 seems to be liking this reading stuff (yea!). We read the first three books together, then we decided he could read them on his own. He's basically been reading a book a day. I will usually still grab the book and quickly read it myself (it ta My youngest (1st grade) is showing an interest in reading. This series always gets good reviews as a good "chapter" book starter. My older kids have read a few of them here and there but they never totally clicked (nothing much clicks with my boys). But #5 seems to be liking this reading stuff (yea!). We read the first three books together, then we decided he could read them on his own. He's basically been reading a book a day. I will usually still grab the book and quickly read it myself (it takes 10-15 minutes, and I find I actually don't mind reading these little stories) and then we "discuss" them (I do want to make sure he understands and can remember what he read. Comprehension has always been a problem with my boys). These are great little books for kids. Every one has 10 chapters. They build on each other (which also introduces youngsters to the idea of a book series ... #5 has been reading these out of order which drives me CrAZy). Each book introduces the reader to a different time or location. Mostly easy words, although every book has a few challenges (they are almost always given pronunciation and explanations as part of the story though) so they are good learning tools as well as interesting reads. I won't be putting all the Magic Tree House books I'm reading here *Ü*, but DID want to mention I have been reading them myself, along with my 1st grader.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I read this one to the kids at bedtime. They thoroughly enjoyed it and frequently asked me to read it to them. I can't say for sure how many nights it took, but probably a couple nights per story, and there are four stories in this collection. The book is intermixed with nice little illustrations which the kids also enjoyed. On that note, my kids are ages 6, 4, and 2 and they all seemed to like it equally. The protagonists are a boy and a girl, so I wouldn't say that the book is geared toward ei I read this one to the kids at bedtime. They thoroughly enjoyed it and frequently asked me to read it to them. I can't say for sure how many nights it took, but probably a couple nights per story, and there are four stories in this collection. The book is intermixed with nice little illustrations which the kids also enjoyed. On that note, my kids are ages 6, 4, and 2 and they all seemed to like it equally. The protagonists are a boy and a girl, so I wouldn't say that the book is geared toward either gender. The one thing I didn't care for was some of the writing. It was filled with one word sentences, fragments, and other poor grammar. If it was a child reading it, I think it would give the wrong impression of proper writing, for one that is learning the proper methods. This wasn't an issue necessarily in my case, since I was reading them aloud to the kids. I mostly put three stars because the kids like them, but dropped some because of the writing, but then also dropped a star because they wouldn't really be for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marybeth

    These books introduce a variety of historical time periods in creative, clever ways. The endearing main characters speak to both adventurous and studious types! Jack demonstrates the love of books that allows him to solve problems while his sister Annie epitomizes the somewhat reckless but always curious sidekick that gets the two of them into their adventures. I could see using these books before, during or after a study of dinosaurs, medieval times, ancient Egypt or piracy. Although the stories These books introduce a variety of historical time periods in creative, clever ways. The endearing main characters speak to both adventurous and studious types! Jack demonstrates the love of books that allows him to solve problems while his sister Annie epitomizes the somewhat reckless but always curious sidekick that gets the two of them into their adventures. I could see using these books before, during or after a study of dinosaurs, medieval times, ancient Egypt or piracy. Although the stories are engaging enough on their own, some background knowledge about the time period would allow students to make strong academic connections. The books also offer resources to complement each book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    We're reading the Magic Treehouse with Leif. It's perfect for him. At three/four, he's ready for stories with more plot/story, but still wants pictures. These chapters are short, and have a good arc to them, and there are pictures throughout the book. When we have a little time we read one or two chapters, but we can make it through a book in an evening if he wants to. At his age, we change a few lines (eg "I'm going to kill you" to "I'm going to hurt you") but for the most part they're exactly We're reading the Magic Treehouse with Leif. It's perfect for him. At three/four, he's ready for stories with more plot/story, but still wants pictures. These chapters are short, and have a good arc to them, and there are pictures throughout the book. When we have a little time we read one or two chapters, but we can make it through a book in an evening if he wants to. At his age, we change a few lines (eg "I'm going to kill you" to "I'm going to hurt you") but for the most part they're exactly on target. We suspect he'll want to reread the series when he can read for himself, but for now these are great for bedtime reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I absolutely loved reading this series when I was growing up. This series was actually what got me to be the avid reader that I am today. I stopped reading the series avter Christmas in Camelot since I started getting interested in expanding my library. Today I had a hard time deciding what to read and then remembered the series. When I found out that Mrs. Osbourne has written over 40 books for this series I decided I would read the series again and keep reading it until the day she finishes it. I absolutely loved reading this series when I was growing up. This series was actually what got me to be the avid reader that I am today. I stopped reading the series avter Christmas in Camelot since I started getting interested in expanding my library. Today I had a hard time deciding what to read and then remembered the series. When I found out that Mrs. Osbourne has written over 40 books for this series I decided I would read the series again and keep reading it until the day she finishes it. Even though I'm almost 21 years old I still love this series and itbrings back a lot of my childhood memories :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Gill

    These books are about Jack and Annie, a brother and sister that discover a magical tree house that is filled with books. The first book, Dinosaur Before Dark, brings Jack and Annie to prehistoric times. In each book, the characters go through a magical journal to different places around the world. The MGH books are great for early chapter book readers. They are interesting and engaging for this age group. For more advanced readers, the Merlin Missions are MGH books but are longer. These books ar These books are about Jack and Annie, a brother and sister that discover a magical tree house that is filled with books. The first book, Dinosaur Before Dark, brings Jack and Annie to prehistoric times. In each book, the characters go through a magical journal to different places around the world. The MGH books are great for early chapter book readers. They are interesting and engaging for this age group. For more advanced readers, the Merlin Missions are MGH books but are longer. These books are perfect for when students are looking for bigger books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    My 7-year old twin daughters are very much into this series and so we've begun reading them together. I love them as much as they do... the concept of "traveling" into the world of each books is so fantastic. They inspire imagination and fantasy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    These are our first chapter books. Kids Jack and Annie discover a magic treehouse that is a portal to other times and places. It's a nice mix of fantasy, science,and history. Plots are engaging for 6 year old

  19. 4 out of 5

    Intrepid47

    I personally did not like this series as a 12 year old, but I remember in about 1st grade, I was obsessed with all of the non stop action and drama. I loved all of the magical tree and house and wizard stuff too. Yet, as I said, that was 1st grade.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ak

    I read this such a long time ago! I honestly really liked these books when I was younger. I think these books sort of made me the person I am today. It really got me into fantasy and magic. Ummm, overall, they were cute books that hold lots of information!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    My 3 year old is loving these as his first read aloud chapter books. He loves adventure and the story is engaging without being too wordy. I'm sure he will love reading these himself when he is older.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I Love this series! To me, it is historical-fiction for kids. Love it! My kids love it! Word of warning, you really need to read them in order to appreciate them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Book 1 Good book...funny! I bought the ebook collection for my second grader and those were the two words he chose to describe book 1.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    My kids really like this series. I like that they are learning something about history or science while they are reading these too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I can see why kids like these books. They're a great transition to chapter books and they include a lot of cool nonfiction info. I particularly like the girl character, she's got a lot of spunk and is appealing as an animal whisperer. Adult readers, however, may find dialogue and story setup a bit repetitive, but that's probably not a bad thing for younger readers, to have repetitive vocabulary and phrases. The makeover of Morgan Le Fay, half sister to King Arthur, as a magical librarian is a bi I can see why kids like these books. They're a great transition to chapter books and they include a lot of cool nonfiction info. I particularly like the girl character, she's got a lot of spunk and is appealing as an animal whisperer. Adult readers, however, may find dialogue and story setup a bit repetitive, but that's probably not a bad thing for younger readers, to have repetitive vocabulary and phrases. The makeover of Morgan Le Fay, half sister to King Arthur, as a magical librarian is a bit hard to take for this adult reader. But a plus to using her name may get kids intrigued to check out something more about King Arthur.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Keshia

    I use a lot of the MTH Fact Tracker books with my students, who love them (and so do I). I've read a few of the MTH fiction stories several years ago, but this was a nice refresher. I really like these, especially for reluctant readers. I love the description of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. I love that Jack loves books and knowledge and that Annie is fearless and loves adventure. They are a good balance. I do wish the adventures had a little more detail or lasted a little longer. However, I am defi I use a lot of the MTH Fact Tracker books with my students, who love them (and so do I). I've read a few of the MTH fiction stories several years ago, but this was a nice refresher. I really like these, especially for reluctant readers. I love the description of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. I love that Jack loves books and knowledge and that Annie is fearless and loves adventure. They are a good balance. I do wish the adventures had a little more detail or lasted a little longer. However, I am definitely wanting to read the rest of the series, and I would absolutely use these books in my speech room!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I read the first four books in the Magic Tree House series to see if they would be a good fit for my niece. The books are fun and also educational, introducing young readers to non-fiction topics that may spark a further interest. I would have loved these books when I was in grade school. Each book is short enough to finish in one sitting as a bedtime read. The books are appropriate for both boys and girls.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cara Frazee

    Grade: K-4 Modern Fantasy/Historical Fiction This first book in the series is a fun and engaging book that I think kids will love to read and be read to. I think boys and girls can connect with Jack and Annie as they get thrown into a place where dinosaurs exist. The book is great as it takes kids on a journey through the imagination.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie H Johnston

    My children were mesmerized After reading this book, the imaginations of my twin 6 year olds were soaring sky high. They talked about this book for days and incorporated parts of it into their daily playing

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book was a quick but fun read. If you are looking for a way to learn about basic history, but don't want to read a boring textbook these books will be perfect for you. With the perfect balance of fiction and non-fiction, you will never get bored reading these books.

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