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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375802991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375802997
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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What were pirates really like? How did people become pirates? Where did pirates bury their treasure?
Dig up the answers to these questions and more in Magic Tree House Research Guide #4: Pirates, Jack and Annie?s very own guide to pirates. Includes information onpirate flags, pirate treasure, real-life pirates, walking the plank, and much more!

About the Author

WILL OSBORNE and MARY POPE OSBORNE have been married for a number of years and live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs, Joey, Mr. Bezo, and Little Bear.
 
Mary is the author of over one hundred books for children, including novels, picture books, biographies, and retellings of fairy tales and world mythologies. Will has worked for many years in the theater as an actor, director, and playwright. Together he and Mary have coauthored two books of Greek mythology and eight Magic Tree House® Fact Trackers. Will has also written a multimedia planetarium show, Magic Tree House Space Mission, and is cocreator with Randy Courts of Magic Tree House: The Musical, a full-scale Broadway-style family musical based on Christmas in Camelot.
 
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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My wife's children are fascinated by the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. They reflect the role that pirates have taken in the popular and entertainment media. However, the true story of the pirate lifestyle generally bears little resemblance to how it is portrayed. This book, a work of nonfiction, serves to present the facts regarding pirates. Written for children, the style is appropriate for the late elementary and early middle school student.
The lives of the most famous pirates are described, as well as the difference between a pirate, a privateer and a buccaneer. A privateer was a free-lance robber, operating under the orders of a government. When a nation went to war with another and had no navy, they would hand out "letters of marquee" to ship captains, which gave them permission to attack ships belonging to the opposing nation(s). Buccaneers were criminals who traveled to islands in the Caribbean and settled there. Generally, they left everyone alone until the Spanish rulers tried to drive them from their homes. Their response was to attack Spanish shipping.
This is a book that gives an accurate historical account of what pirates did. It is also clear that pirates rarely buried their treasure, as the whole point was to capture booty so that they could spend it. Many times, what was captured from one ship was enough, even after being parceled out to the entire crew, to allow a man to live for life. Given this, the idea that the crew would bury it is absurd.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on April 16, 2005
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I personally far prefer the non-fiction companions to the Magic Tree House Books. The Magic Tree House books don't seem to have a lot of "meat" to them and aren't very interesting to me or many of my (...) grade students. The non-fiction companions are truly absorbing and interesting. I enjoy them quite a bit and look forward to getting more for my students, and forgeting the fiction books altogether.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By angelina on April 21, 2013
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Awesome series for my 4 1/2 year old son. We love the stories, but I especially love the research guides that go along with the stories. I love seeing my son so interested in learning!
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He really only likes non-fiction books and it is really hard to find them for his age range. He has read these and took AR tests on them, and did really well. These books are something he will read again next year I am sure.
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My son likes Magic Tree House books but is a bigger fan of non-fiction books (might be a boy thing). I bought him a matching set so he is enjoying the best of both worlds!
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I have a three and five year old girls and this is the best series going. It is appropriate for the Kindergardener and we have read every single book. Each book in the series is give or take 100 pages but it is a quick and easy read. In reading the books your kids not only get a great story but also pick up on a little history which can lead to some great discussions. I actually read the books with my ipad close by so I can google pictures of the things/places that Jack and Annie (the brother and sister in the books) visit or see. I would recommend these books for every parent/child. When I am done I will be donating the entire set to the local library. Regarding pricing, if your intent is to read the entire series look for don't buy the four book package or single books. There are set of 1-28 and I think there is a set that is everything published 1-48. As with most things, if you buy the whole set you save siginificant money!
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