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A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House) Hardcover – July 24, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
Book 48 of 54 in the Magic Tree House Series

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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: 540L (What's this?)
  • Series: Magic Tree House (Book 48)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Do you love the Magic Tree House book series? Well I do. Perfect Time for Pandas by Mary Pope Osborne is about two kids named Jack and Annie with their friend Teddy accidently cast a spell on Penny (a penguin) and turned him into stone. Jack and Annie are trying to find the last thing to turn Penny back into a penguin. Perfect Time for Pandas is the best book ever!

One reason that this book is the best book ever is because it has a riddle that Jack and Annie have to solve. The riddle is, it is a food that is as tough as wood and the color of sand. It is backed with love, and given to those who lost their land.

Another reason this book is the best book ever is because it can teach you about pandas which are an endangered species. If you're interested in endangered animals and want to learn more you can get the research guide. You can get way more information from it.

I recommend this book to first through fourth graders. So if you like fiction stories and also want to learn some facts, you should get Perfect Time for Pandas by Mary Pope Osborne.
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My 7 yr old loves these books and she enjoyed this one, too. She read the whole series within the last year and it's been her favorite of all the series she's read so far. I like how they combine history with modern day and Magic. My daughter has learned a ton about history (and she doesn't even realize it!).
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We've been reading this for a few weeks now. Neither of my kids seems to be really into it which is crazy since my little one is obsessed with pandas. It's an ok story but nothing that sucks you in and makes you want to keep reading.
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Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie of Frog Creek, PA, are ready for their next adventure. They have to find a certain kind of food—the fourth and final thing needed to save Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny, who was accidentally turned to stone by their apprentice magician friend Teddy. It is “A healthy food, grainy and good, baked with love, tough as wood, round in shape, the color of sand, given to those who have lost their land.” Sounds easy enough.

The magic tree house whisks the two off to the village of Wolong in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve. At first, they visit all kinds of restaurants to find the food, but nothing fits the description. Then Annie really wants to see the panda reserve. However, they don’t know it, but they’ve arrived on the day of the historic Great Sichuan Earthquake on May 12, 2008. How will Jack and Annie survive when the giant quake strikes? Will they be able to rescue the pandas? Can they find the food? How will they ever get back to the tree house so that they can fulfill their quest to save Penny? And can you guess what the food is?

Most middle school age children will enjoy this fast-paced adventure filled with danger and mystery. Of course, those who object to magic in children’s literature will want to avoid the book as well as the whole series. There are a couple of common euphemisms (gosh, darn), an obligatory mention of “panda poop,” and a couple of references to the pandas’ existence for three million years, but nothing really offensive. For those who can work around these things, A Perfect Time for Pandas would make a great complement to a study of China, earthquakes, and/or, of course, pandas.
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A Perfect Time For Pandas was the fourth book in the latest adventure missions Jack and Annie have been sent on by Teddy and Kathleen, their magical friends from Camelot. Teddy accidentally turned Merlin the Magician's treasured pet penguin Penny into a statute. While he and Kathleen worked on reversing the spell, Jack and Annie were sent across different times and continents to find the ingredients needed for the reversal. In this book edition and Annie were sent to Southwest China on May 12th 2008, when major earthquakes devastated the region.

The Magic Tree House books are a MUST READ collection for all children. Unlike many other series for young readers, the Magic Tree House should be read in chronological order to best appreciate Jack and Annie's travels through time as they go on various missions; which are typically completed in four parts. Parents and educators will enjoy going along for the ride as much as their students! My daughter is a teenager now but she still gets excited when she sees a new tree house adventure has come out.
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We are a fan of the MTH series. We love all their books, and this one is no different. I love the way they throw true facts into each book, that I feel my kids are learning real facts while using their imagination.
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My daughter loves these books and this one has been her favorite so far!!! They are informative and educational but fun at the same time! Easy to follow along with and a great chapter book!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best books ever
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These books are fabulous! Start reading these to them when they're about 3 years which is when I started my granddaughter. She is now 7 yrs. old and absolutely adores these books. She now has everyone of them and never tires of these stories. They teach history in a very fun way. Highly recommend!!!
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