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Great Chapter Books for First, Second & Third Graders,
This review is from: Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon (Paperback)
This is the first series of chapter books my son actually wanted to read by himself. While many of the reviewers complain about grammatical errors, etc., I feel these can be overlooked as these delightful stories keep a child's interest from start to finish. Each chapter is fairly short and has frequent pictures (a must for beginning chapter readers). The main characters have all sorts of adventures and the reader actually learns some historical facts. While the books are probably too easy for advanced readers, they should appeal to most beginning chapter readers. I think it is very important that children think reading is fun and the books from The Magic Tree House Series provide a wonderful introduction to chapter book reading!
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Initial post: Oct 24, 2008 2:48:35 PM PDT
I don't believe it is okay to overlook grammatical errors in children's books. I excelled in English, with very little formal training, because, I feel, I read voraciously as a child, and the books I read were grammatically correct. It is proven that grammar skills and reading are directly correlated. I urge parents to not put up with poor grammar in the books their children read. Complain to the publisher.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 7:54:39 AM PDT
Mary Alice Myers says:
It seems to me that anything that tweaks a child's interest in reading is more important than an occasional grammatical error. In today's world, it gets tougher and tougher to get kids to read. My first and second grade grandsons absolutely adore these books. They read them voluntarily, and are enthralled with the stories.
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