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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #23: Snakes and Other Reptiles: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras Paperback – January 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Magic Tree House (Book 23)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375860118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375860119
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MMARY POPE OSBORNE and NATALIE POPE BOYCE are sisters who grew up on army posts all over the world. They are working on more Magic Tree House® Fact Tracker books to give Magic Tree House readers facts and information about places, time periods, and animals that Jack and Annie discover in the Magic Tree House adventures.
 
Mary lives in Connecticut. Natalie makes her home nearby in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. Mary is the author of all the Magic Tree House fiction titles as well as many more books for kids.
 
SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children'sopera, 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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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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I loved it and so did my student for writing a report.
JUDITH POORBAUGH
Readers will find fun facts on sidebars of pages and helpful resources to find out even more information.
Kristi Bernard
I really don't like having to write a review, every time I buy something!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Kennen on April 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love the Magic Tree House Research Guides. They pack as much info as five or six typical nonfiction books for this age group - and kids find them compelling. This one is no exception.

The book has plenty of good factors including:
-- an in-depth discussion of what makes reptiles reptiles, including why birds are considered reptiles
-- a (brief) chapter on the importance of reptiles and their conservation, and
-- plenty of macabre information about venomous snakes and other deadly reptiles that is sure to delight a certain type of kid (and creep another type out!)

I've never read the Research Guides for their photos, but this book has its share of amazing (though black-and-white) shots: a snake flying through the air, another one swallowing an egg whole, a lizard shooting blood out of its nose, etc.
IThe Guide isn't perfect, however. The treatment was uneven: snakes got two chapters (which makes sense, given the name of the book), lizards 15 pages, alligators and crocodiles 13 pages, and turtles nine. While the book covered plenty of ground, there was plenty left unsaid.

It's a matter of priorities: if your kid is a fan of Jack and Any and of reptiles, this book is a no-brainer. If you want a nice introduction to the reptiles for cheap (remember, this one paper-back book has as much content as several hardback children's nonfiction books), this is a sensible purchase. However, if your kid is squeamish or if you are looking for an in-depth treatment, you might be better off searching elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reptiles have been around for a long time. You can't escape them even if you tried because they are on every continent. If you hate them you will learn to love and appreciate them once you've read Osborne and Boyce's book. If you love them you will be delighted to learn even more about them. Osborne and Boyce discuss all of the species in the reptile family. In regards to myths, readers will learn that snakes in Egypt were considered gods and in Greece they were a sign of healing and wisdom. If you were wondering how many different kinds of snakes there are around the world Osborne and Boyce teach readers about snake families such as Colubridae who are harmless, Boidaie and Pythonidae which have strong muscles to better squeeze their prey with before they devour them. There are plenty of pictures here to show off all of the animals readers will learn about. Lizards, crocodiles, turtles and tortoises are covered to name a few. Readers will find fun facts on sidebars of pages and helpful resources to find out even more information. Osborne and Boyce even cover why it is so important to save snakes and reptiles. Many are considered to be an endangered species because their natural habitats are being destroyed. Readers will also get educated about the medicinal purposes of snake venom and how it can help to lower blood pressure and slow down the growth of cancer. Parents and teachers will love this guide. Readers will love the index in the back of the book for quick reference to a particular topic or reptile
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hsu on May 29, 2011
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This is one of many books in the series and my daughter absolutely loves these books. As soon as she got it she couldn't put it down until she finished the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gold on January 8, 2014
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This is very informative and a good reading exercise for first grade boy. He loves snakes and enjoyed this fact filled book.
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By R. Grace on November 14, 2013
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It has very small letters but the book is very good for children of many ages it was a good book
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By JUDITH POORBAUGH on May 3, 2013
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This is the best elementary snake book ever! I loved it and so did my student for writing a report. Very helpful and fun to read
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By Wassim Issa on April 26, 2013
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My 5 years old boy enjoyed it when I read the book to him. A lot of useful information that little kids can understand and learn.
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