Magic Tree House #26: Good Morning, Gorillas

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 2002







Random House Books for Young Readers (2002), Edition: 0, Paperback, 96 pages


The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to an African rainforest, where the siblings encounter gorillas and learn to communicate with them.

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Physical description

96 p.; 7.32 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Though I am not a primate fan in general, I have to give this book more points than most of the rest of the series for several reasons. 1. Jack actually takes useful and relevant notes (even though he decides that his notes don't actually capture his experience- duh!), 2. Any book that helps raise
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environmental awareness and empathy gets points, and 3. I liked the unique way that Jack and Annie bond with the gorillas and explore their behavior. This book describes Jack and Annie learning about nonverbal communication and "animal magic" with a pack of mountain gorillas.
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LibraryThing member kayceel
This is a great younger chapter book. I read it aloud to my 5 year old, and it not only kept her attention, but we both learned a bit about gorillas in the process.

This was my first experience with a Magic Tree House book (I know, a travesty for a librarian), and I intend to read more with my
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LibraryThing member LillianE
Good Morning Gorillas: There's one thing I can't stand about the book Jack leaves his little sister alone at night in a dangerous forest while she is engered. However, He finds Annie safe with the gorillas. The gorilla Bu-Bu led him to where Annie was and that was fine. They meet a big dad gorilla
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who went crazy one time. They met Ho-Ho and Little guy on their journey to little gorillas.
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LibraryThing member YouthGPL
Kearsten says: This is a great younger chapter book. I read it aloud to my 5 year old, and it not only kept her attention, but we both learned a bit about gorillas in the process.

This was my first experience with a Magic Tree House book (I know, a travesty for a librarian), and I intend to read
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more with my daughter!
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LibraryThing member vabrazzolotto
This book is about two children who get into a magic tree house and are twisted into a rain forest. there they find a pack of gorillas and become friends with them.
LibraryThing member aezeek
I read Good Morning, Gorillas as part of a series book for literature for children. Siblings Jack and Annie climb into their magic tree house and are teleported to a rainforest in the mountains of Africa. The kids encounter a family of mountain gorillas in the forest. Annie knows right away how to
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play with them, but Jack is more cautious and suspicious of these new creatures. Throughout the story, he pulls out his handy notebook from his backpack and takes notes on the gorillas' physical features and behaviors. Jack and Annie learn that they can communicate with the gorillas through the use of sign language. The book teaches how to say "I love you" in sign language, which I thought was cute and appropriate for young kids. I really enjoyed and learned new facts in Good Morning, Gorillas, and I hope I have the opportunity to read more of the Magic Tree House books.
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LibraryThing member sjiwenxuan
Jack and Annie went to a rain forest that that met gorillas. this book is good for
LibraryThing member eafranklin
This science fiction book invites students to become apart of the adventure and to go back in time with the characters. The author provides the reader with different scientific facts about gorillas throughout the text. There are also many examples of note taking in the text so that students will
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begin to have an idea about note taking.
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LibraryThing member rcreamer10
Summary: Jack and Annie are two siblings who get taken away by the Magic Treehouse to the mountains of Africa. Here, they encounter a baby gorilla along with its entire family. Jack and Annie end up becoming a part of the gorilla family for a few days, discovering how they play, eat, sleep, and
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communicate. Throughout the book, Jack reads his book about gorillas and learns new facts about them. The children eventually learn that the special language they were supposed to experience with the gorillas was sign language. Before leaving, Annie teaches Jack and the gorillas how to say "I love you" in sign language.

Genre Critique: This book is a good example of a fantasy, because it contains elements that would not be possible in the real world, such as time travel and magic. Even though these pieces of the story are not realistic, the reader can still connect with the ideas of friendship, communication, and working together that are presented in the book. In addition, the context of the story is believable, as the African Rain Forest and animal life that the children encounter all exist in the real world.

Plot Critique: This book shows a good example of person against nature conflict in the plot. This external conflict is shown in multiple ways in the story. First, a storm comes, causing Jack to lose track of where he is and separate from Annie. Next, Jack encounters a large silverback gorilla who is not accepting of Jack's presence at first, but then shows appreciation for Jack in the end. Lastly, person against nature conflict is seen when the black leopard tries to attack the baby gorilla and Annie. However, Jack acted like an angry gorilla and scared the leopard away, resolving the conflict. The climax of the story occurs toward the end of the book, when Jack and Annie discover that the secret language they needed to learn was sign language, and they teach the gorillas how to sign. The resolution follows directly after, with the silverback gorilla showing appreciation to Jack as he and Annie say goodbye to the gorilla family.
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LibraryThing member Breony
Great for both boys and girls, quick beginning
LibraryThing member knold1
Review: Overall this book was very enjoyable. It was a chapter book filled with excitement and suspense. The text seemed very appropriate for children ages 6-11. This book is apart of a series that many children enjoy.

Jack and Annie were sent on a mission to find a hidden treasure in the
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cloud forest. They arrive in the rain forest and start looking for clue that their friend gave them that said "To find a special kind of magic in worlds so far apart, speak a special language, talk with your hands and heart." As they are traveling through the forest they hear something in the bushes. They meet a baby gorilla that they name Bu Bu. Jack and Annie follow Bu Bu back to his family in the jungle. They interact and learn a lot of new information about gorillas and the way they live. After playing with the gorillas for a couple of days they finally solve the secret mission that they were looking for. They created a long lasting bond with these animals and solved a mystery at the same time.
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LibraryThing member Othemts
Another delightful Magic Tree House journey where Annie and Jack spend a few days living among a family of mountain gorillas in Congo and learn the "magic" of communication. Osbourne knows a lot about gorilla behavior and incorporates it into the story in informative and entertaining ways.

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