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Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Library Binding – December 27, 2011

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About the Author

MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series. She and her husband, writer Will Osborne (author of Magic Tree House: The Musical), live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with Will, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.
 
SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) (Book 47)
  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375968253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375968259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,812,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina on February 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read or listen to almost all of the tree house books with my five year old son. At first, I thought this might be another visit to the civil war battle fields--like one of the pervious books. However, I thought it was very nicely done and not at all repetitive. Annie and jack go back in time and meet not only lincon's sons, but a young Lincoln as well. My son enjoyed this one and I would recommend to other kids and parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Olson on March 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
Fun adventure story. Parents can sneak some history in your kids reading. Great for kids because it's told from two kids point of view.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug on February 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It was the best book ever. It is interesting once you start you can't stop your hooked and if it's the first magic tree house book you read you'll want to read the rest of the books and while your at it check out the research guides
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Format: Hardcover
Jack and Annie need to find four items to help save Merlin's pet baby penguin named Penny. They already have an emerald rose from Mogul India and a flower from Alpine Switzerland. Now, they must go back in time to Washington, DC, in 1861, meet President Abraham Lincoln, and collect a feather to help break the spell on Penny. When they are frustrated in their attempts to see Lincoln, they take a magic potion which whisks them away from the White House to the wilderness where they meet a boy who calls himself "Sam." Will they make it back to Washington? Will they find Lincoln? And will they get the feather that they need?

We have read all the Magic Tree House books. Even though our boys are long past the targeted age, my wife still buys them because she enjoys reading them. This book gives young readers a slightly different look at Lincoln from that which is normally found in books aimed at this age group as they learn about President Lincoln's family, the start of the Civil War, and life in a log cabin. Of course, the Civil War aspect is present, but the story focuses on Lincoln himself, rather than events. The series is a good introduction to historical fiction for children, with the fictional characters of Jack and Annie in a setting that involves real historical facts. They are long enough to challenge but short and simple enough that kids don't get easily distracted. While I would not personally call them the absolute best books available, we have found them useful.
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We have purchased every single Magic Tree House book thus far and plan on continuing as they come out. Our kids, ages six and four, love these books and are always wanting to know when the next 'Jack and Annie' book is coming out. Here, in Abe Lincoln At Last!, Ms. Osborne does it again! The book is just enough facts riddled throughout it to make it educational and enough fiction to make it interesting. At our children's young ages, this is the best way to introduce some history to them, as it pulls them and they are interested. Later, as they learn more history, they will revert back to what they read in these books and have a foundation. I wish we had these when I was a kid! I remember history being boring (!) and once that thought is in the head, forget about trying to make it interesting. This is the opposite: The kids are pulled into it, making it fun and they beg to read more. It's always the same ending with the kids when we read a Magic Tree House book. When we're finished (we read them as a family), they look at us and say: "Is that it? Can't we read more? Pleeeeeeeze?" They are learning the love of reading.

My hat is off to you, Mary Pope Osborne! You're doing a GREAT job and we thank you. :)

Sincerely,

Anne :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria L. Davis on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
loves to read. The science within the stories grabs her attention and piques her curiosity. Thank goodness for an author who writes in such a way that kids LOVE to read.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I buy these for my GKs. They enjoy them, are eager to read them but they finish them in ONE evening. The MTH series are well written and well edited. I've not found any errors as I've read every Kindle version purchased. They're great stories. I've been buying MTH books for about a year and 1/2, and I do believe they have helped my GKs with becoming better readers. I do like the Kindle versions better due to the dictionary built into Kindle eBook reader. The GKs know to touch the word to find out what it means. This means the GKs are more independent and don't have to ask Mom or Dad what a word means, or get up to go look in a hardback book type dictionary. Ahhh, the wonders of technology.

I continue to purchase hard copy books for them because I know there's something special to be said for holding a REAL book in your hands and turning the pages and the temptation of turning the pages to the end to see how the story ends. They still like hard copy books, but have been asking me lately to purchase only Kindle versions. And I guess eBooks do help save trees. A plus for technology in this case.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan on January 28, 2012
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This entire series falls into the category of Historical Fiction. Characters are created but real historical facts are correct. So not only does my son love reading all the books in the series they are also educational.

He begged me to buy this book for a present and read it in one hour. If you are thinking that an hour is pretty short for a book...try to remember the attention span of most kids this age. It was about perfect length for him. Not to short or easy that he got distracted / board, but long enough to challenge him some.

The entire series progresses both in reading level. The first books are much easier with easy vocabulary compared to the later books, but this is age appropriate for a 7-9 year old.
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