Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 2001







Random House Books for Young Readers (2001), Edition: 0, Paperback, 70 pages


When Jack and Annie travel back to the Kansas prairie in search of "something to learn," they gain an understanding of how hard life was for pioneers and they experience the terror of a tornado.

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Physical description

70 p.; 7.6 inches

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Another thing that annoys me about these books is that they don't actually have very much information, and it's often included in an artificial format. Kids would learn a lot more from a more traditional historical fiction, book, but anyway... This one involves the kids going to a school in a
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dugout on a prarie and nearly getting killed (because they have to nearly get killed in every book!) by a tornado. I find it very amusing that the picture of Annie on the front cover has her wearing Kirsten's main outfit (too bad kids reading Magic Tree House books are on M reading levels and can't read American Girl books, which are something like Ts).
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LibraryThing member bibliophile26
This is part of the Magic Tree House series. Jack and Annie have a magic tree house and travel back in time. Here they travel to the prairies during the 1880's. My students *love* these books.
LibraryThing member jewelryladypam
The book presented some good facts about life on the prairie in 1870s Kansas.

It also had a few good morals to live by:
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." and "We must try to hold on to the good memories and let go of the bad ones."

As a parent helping my child to read this book, I found
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it mildly engaging and interesting yet my children found it easy enough to understand and follow. A win-win for everyone!
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LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
When Jack and Annie travel back to the Kansas prairie in search of "something to learn," they gain an understanding of how hard life was for pioneers and they experience the terror of a tornado.
LibraryThing member ekean06
This is an excellent example of an early chapter book for beginning chapter book readers. the Magic Tree House books allow the reader to go on adventures with the central characters Jack and Annie to places they normally wouldn't get to go, in this case a one room schoolhouse from the 1870's. The
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protagonists of the story Jack and Annie are excellent examples of round protagonists becasue the reader is able to understand their thoughts and feelings.
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LibraryThing member korneder
Jack and Annie are off again, this time to the midwest school house and experience a tornado, meet a new friend, and see what a one room school house is like.
LibraryThing member bheinen
This historical fiction book in the Magic Tree House series follows Jack and Annie to the 1870's prairieland where they save a schoolhouse full of children from a twister heading their way.
I love the Magic Tree House series, and this one may be my favorite in the series since I can relate to it. I
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have lived in Oklahoma all my life and I would have loved hearing this story as a child since I heard about tornadoes all the time.
Extension ideas would include reading when you know the school is about to have a tornado drill, or in other parts of the country where tornadoes do not or rarely happen to educate students on something new to them.
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LibraryThing member jyasinchuk
Twister in one of several in the Magic Treehouse series that follows the adventures of Jack and Annie from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Our protagonists learn about early American settler life of the mid-west in the late 1900s--including tornadoes! A household favourite, all the books from the series
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are extremely informative easy to read and even easier to follow. Great read aloud choices! Recommended for Kindergarten to Grade 3 reading level.
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LibraryThing member ShondaNewsome
In this series, Jack and Annie are whisked to a Midwestern prairie in the 1870s. They visit a one-room schoolhouse and learn about the hard life of the pioneers. They also meet a teenage schoolteacher, some cool kids, and a scary bully. When they return to the magic tree house, Jack and
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Annie spot a twister on the horizon. Jack and Anna decided to inform the school teacher and students and they all were safe from the tornado.

Personal Relations:
I can relate to this story because it’s very interesting to learn about tornadoes, its warnings, and how to become safe in case of an emergency. This story is truly an adventure to read to children and blow them away.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Teach my student the importance of tornadoes and conduct a monthly tornado drill.
2. Have the students complete their story as if they were Jack and Annie when they face a tornado.
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LibraryThing member jcwilcox
This book was about boy and a girl who met a magic librarian, who has a magic treehouse that can send them anywhere in the world during any time period. The two would do things for her to save her home town she was from. So the two kids set out on an adventure to learn something in the 1870's found
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a writing at a school house and started to leave and a tornado came, they stayed to help some children instead of going back right away then when the storm passed they left to get back to the magical librarian. This would be good for 2nd - 3rd graders.
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LibraryThing member vbarbe1
In my opinion this is a good book. I say this for a couple of reasons, with the first one being the illustrations. Though there weren’t many illustrations in the book, the few that were did a wonderful job in conveying what was going on in the story. The pictures gave me a clear image of the
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setting in which this story took place. The illustrations were in black and white which was conducive to the time in which the story was taking place. Another reason why I feel that this is a good book is because the characters were believable and exhibited characteristics for the situation in which they were in. The story told of an older boy who was struggling in school and was embarrassed when younger/smaller children tried to help him out. He then became a bully to hide his inefficiencies. Since he had to work on a farm with his parents he wasn't able to go to school and during that time that was the norm. The message of this story is how during pioneer times people sheltered themselves from twisters/ natural disasters.
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LibraryThing member akwon3
I liked this book for two reasons. One reason I liked this book was for the way it was written. The author sneaks in a lot of facts about pioneer life throughout the book. She does this through Jack reading and taking notes from his book. The author also added a couple "more facts" pages at the end
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of the book in case the reader wanted to know more about pioneers, twisters, or pioneer school life. Another reason I liked this book was for the plot. The plot of the story is very well organized and it keeps the reader wanting to read more. I think that this makes the book very engaging. Overall, I think the message of this book was that if you don't succeed the first time, to keep trying no matter what.
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LibraryThing member auntiepants88
Join Jack and Annie is they venture back into time of the days of the pioneers.
LibraryThing member karleesampson
The magic tree house series helps kids expand there creativity and imagination. This particular book was one of my favorite out of the series.
LibraryThing member catherineparry
This book, like other Magic Treehouse books, supports enthusiasm for reading as a tool for learning and experience.
I would use it in my classroom as a hook for reluctant readers, and as an example of taking notes as you read (something one of the main characters does throughout the books).

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