- Hardcover: 295 pages
- Publisher: Random House (1996)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000EFB9MY
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (889 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,108,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hardcover Magic Tree House Collection #1 (The Mystery of the Tree House with 4 Illustrated Stories) Hardcover – 1996
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Book #1, DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK
Book #2, THE KNIGHT AT DAWN
Book #3, MUMMIES IN THE MORNING
Book #4, PIRATES PAST NOON
The First, Dinosaurs Before Dawn tells the story of how jack and Annie (the series stars) first find the Magic Tree House and learn how the books can transport them to magical lands and worlds. The first takes them to the Cretaceous period. Through clues and reading the book in hand they learn and discover things about dinosaurs.
In the "Knight at Dawn", jack and Annie are transported back to medieval times. They find a castle and go exploring and find themselves on the run from the castle guards and worry they will never get back to the magic tree house.
"mummies In the Morning" Jack has always been fascinated by and pick up a book that has them traveling back to ancient Egypt. Jack and Annie enter a pyramid and get lost inside. Inside they find the ghost of an Egyptian queen whose been trapped inside the pyramid for ages and Jack and Annie try to set her free.
"Pirates Past Noon" Jack and Annie picture a wonderful beach and are transported to the times of Pirates where they are capture by Captain Bones who is seeking the treasure of Captain Kidd.
These books are geared for kids from the 2nd to the 5th grade I would say.Read more ›
The problem I've got with the series is the author's skillset with the language. Some folks may want to overlook this based on the content alone; I feel this view is simple and potentially detrimental to the child. For lots of kids these are first readers, and help develop a child's view of language structure. They're going to start off mimicking the writing 'style' the see; in the case of these books, they'll be seeing a lot of poorly defined (or non-defined) paragraphs, sentence fragments, and grammatical errors. They'll be seeing poorly written examples that will help establish the basis of bad writing habits which may take a lot of work to erase. Whoever edited these books needs a new career.
That said, we skip around the series quite a bit. The latest books are comparatively excellent as far as language mechanics. There's a definite progression in writing *quality* throughout the series, and content is high for all. I just wish Pope-Osborne had taken a creative writing class or two in the beginning.
If you're reading these books to/with your child, you can do some on-the-fly editing. If your child has enough language skill to spot the mistakes, they'll be fine. Otherwise, you might want to proceed with a little caution, or skip ahead in the series.
Hunter's dad: Although there are some grammatical lapses in these stories, I've found the subject matter and the 'fun' adventures offset the grammar for my son. I am still teaching him about the enjoyment of reading and giving him practice and he enjoys these. I don't think of these as "bubble gum for the brain" and I find the subject material provides a lot of teaching opportunities. For children just starting to read chapter books, I think these are a good choice. I also have The Boxcar Children set, but they are roughly three times as long and will be for my son's next stage of reading.
1. "Let's leave the scroll on floor. And go," he said.
2. They walked together. Across the room. To the glowing gold box.
3. They stopped in front of the box. And they peered inside.
In all those cases she created fragment sentences instead of one regular sentence. She does this all the time. I think it was either in the first book or the second that I couldn't find a single page that didn't have a grammatical error. Both the author and the publisher should be ashamed of themselves.
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These books are okay. They are easy for my first and second graders to read, who are just transitioning into chapter books. Read morePublished 4 days ago by AKgirl 85
Bought for my 4yr old grandson who absolutely loves all the books. Brilliant purchase.Published 9 days ago by David Marston
My son (age 7) is hooked on these books. This set was a great gift to encourage his reading and start his collection.Published 11 days ago by Aisling D Reynolds
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