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Book Title: Magic Tree House: #1-8 [Collection]|
The author of the book: Mary Pope Osborne
ISBN 13: 9780807206126
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Reader ratings: 6.2
Edition: Listening Library (Audio)
Date of issue: October 9th 2001
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These were pretty good, though definitely designed with kids in mind. Some of the historical details are lacking, as with the ninjas (but that's probably for the sake of censorship for extremely young readers).
The narration of this as an audiobook was good (the author herself did it, and she did it well; she has a good voice for it). The interview with the author afterward was interesting, too.
I thought a lot about how Annie was always wanting to go to the place before reading up on it, and she always forced Jack's hand there when he wanted to read first. I think the author is trying to tell us something that isn't obvious or direct. On the surface, that appears to be a bad thing, seeing as they know pretty much nothing about where they're going, and they might die or something because of something they didn't know about. However, I think the author is plain in indirectly assuring us that she cares about her characters and isn't about to let them die. I think this is manifest in Annie's character. So, with that in mind, I think the moral isn't meant to be preparation. I think she's encouraging the joy of experiencing things first-hand, with a faith that things will go well—or with faith that the magic of the tree house, or whoever is in charge of it wouldn't thrust a couple of kids into a situation where they'll be destroyed. Anyway, that still sounds bad (trusting someone so much without knowing a reason—although I think it's kind of a symbolic story in that the Annie seems to receive inspiration from the author that she can trust), and I don't think it's exactly what I mean to say. I think the thing I mean to say would be a good thing. Maybe she was also trying to emphasize that it was magic and there was no reason to read the book to experience the magic. Plus, reading the book first might have spoiled the adventures for them, or changed them severely. I should note that Jack did read from the book during their journeys, however.
I should note that they do seem to get into some tough situations because they didn't read the stuff first (but they always get out of them)—so maybe preparation is a moral, too (although less emphasized, it seems).
There were some funny quotes—well, I thought they were funny, but someone else might not understand (e.g. about how the narrator says that the ninjas did not say 'hi' back when first met and greeted).
Anyway, the books are pretty simple, and some are pretty much just exploration tales through new-found magic—but some books reveal new things and in some they search for items they need in order to save a certain person.
I like the idea of having books so short, though. It really cuts down on the amount of uninteresting stuff an author can fit in a book. I mean, things have to happen, basically, unless there's no plot.
A little girl at the library told me the books in this series were good and that I should read them. So, I figured I would oblige her. Plus, I was curious what these chapter books (or intermediate fiction) were like, especially as I had never read any as a child (nor at any other time), nor had I even ever heard of a chapter book—I didn't even distinguish between books for kids and adults, except when it came to picture books, and when I first heard of young adult novels, I did not realize that I had already read some, though by then I studiously avoided them due to their stigma of not being serious novels (I've since realized that avoiding the stigma is a promotion of it, and so, I no longer do). When children recommend children's books, I think the authors of those books should feel a sense of accomplishment.
Anyway, these aren't the best books for teaching safety, caution and wisdom, necessarily, but they teach one to imagine. They also teach certain values of kindness, friendship, cooperation, responsibility and of helping others.
I'm not of the opinion that people should only read within their age range. (You can tell by the books I've read this year.) I personally think the same person can receive just as much edification from an enormous classic for adults as a short book for kids. Whether or not one does, however, I think is up to oneself and the effort/attitude put into it. Some books may take more effort than others, although the matter of which books does differ from person to person. It's too bad society often socializes people out of receiving value from things made for kids as the said people age. It really bugs me when older kids spurn stuff for little kids—really, when people (not just kids) shun stuff for younger folks, I think that is a greater indication of the ignorance of youth than a willingness to treat it respectfully is. How many grandparents do you know who wouldn't read a book *just* because it's for kids? Compare that with the number of teenagers you know (make sure your sample contains equal numbers of both). I know I've seen the attitude more in teenagers than kids, more in teenagers than young adults, more in younger young adults than older young adults, more in young adults than normal adults, and I don't think I've seen it in the elderly at all. It seems less common in married people, too.
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Read information about the authorMary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.
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