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Knights and Castles: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House (R) Fact Tracker) by [Osborne, Mary Pope, Murdocca, Sal]
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What was it like to wear armor? What was the food like in castles? This book explores what life was really like in medieval times.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3668 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (April 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGLZG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Pope Osborne does it again!
Our Family loves the Magic Tree House series. They hit us on many levels. Our youngest loves to be read to, our next just hit chapter books, our oldest is beyond this intro. level chapter books - but loves this series & reads the books over and over.
I am delighted to introduce reasearch ideas in such a non-threatening, inviting manner to my children. Learning and reading is so fun; and this concept sheds new light for a young audience. Not only will this help after reading the MTH series, it will add a new dimension when going on field trips, museums, the library, the internet, etc. I am going to share this book with our elementary school.
Ms. Osborne and her husband take the opportunity to be thorough, while simplifying for young minds - and the illustrations keep a young reader's attention.
Bravo! Keep 'em coming.
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My 4-year-old son and I have been reading the Magic Tree House series for nearly half his life; they are among his favorite books (in fact, when given an opportunity at a book sale at day camp this summer, he opted to buy the next book in the series rather than the Pokemon cards that all his friends were buying!). When I showed him the Knights and Castles Research Guide, he was thrilled! We started reading it right away, and he found it fascinating. Especially appealing are the illustrations, much more numerous and detailed than those in the regular series. My only (very minor) disappointment is that it would have been even more wonderful if these books in this Research Guide series had been presented as if they were the actual books that Jack and Annie found in the treehouse (complete with the quotations that appear in the Tree House books), rather than ones they put together from "research" after their visits.
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I'm an artist and art teacher, and after discovering this book, I ordered copies for my middle school ART students! While it's an easy read for students of this age (5th through 7th grade), it's packed with understandable text and pictures. It's a great reference for the various art projects that my students are doing as part of our study of the Middle Ages, and the kids have really enjoyed it....
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I just read this to my first grader (over three days), who is interested in knights and armor. It held his interest and provided relatively in-depth information in a gentle, narrative tone -- easier to read aloud than those "busy" non-fiction books with fact bubbles and side boxes splotched all over the page. The only caveat is that the book mentions that enemies sometimes threw dead people, even severed heads, over castles walls during a siege. I'm sure that's true, but I don't think that detail needed to be in a book geared to such young children.
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We love all the research guides for MTH. They are written at a higher Lexile level than the stories but it makes them fun to read together. My 6 year old doesn't have the patience to read through a research guide the entire way through on her own but together it makes for a fun project...she gets to tell me about what happened in the story to Jack & Annie and together we learn some fun facts about whatever time/place the story was about.
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These are excellent books for a young reader. They are challenging enough to stay interesting, but not so difficult that they are discouraging. The topics are very interesting to both girls and boys, as are the main characters. We will buy more of the series.
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I bought a set of four of these books (knights, mummies, pirates, dinosaurs) with the accompanying research guides for my 5-yr old grandson, who is already an outstanding reader. He absolutely loves them and reads them either with his parents or to himself every night. They are his favorite books. The accompanying research guides that go with the stories are a fantastic learning experience which he also loves. I will definitely buy him more in the future of these Magic Tree House books and research guides! I am so thrilled I found this series. Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon
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This is a wonderful book for kids of all ages. The reference works in back to museums, internet sites and other books is well done. I recommend this book for any one who has children interested in Knights and Castles!
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