Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 1998



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PB Osb





Scholastic Inc (1998), Paperback, 70 pages. $3.99.


Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do.


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70 p.; 7.4 inches

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This book begs the question "Why doesn't anyone ever notice that even though they've got new clothes on, Jack and Annie never change their hair or Jack's glasses when they go back in time?" I'm getting pretty tired of watching Annie wander around in historical costumes with braids. Anyway, they go
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to Ancient Greece and see the olympics, but, of coarse Annie gets in trouble because she completely ignores the whole "no girls allowed" deal. They're saved by a pegasus and all is well.
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LibraryThing member alexandrose
Annie and Jack got a mission to go back to when the olimpics was formed.
When they get there lots of funny, interesting and courious things happen.
LibraryThing member cindyzhou2010
this is way boring then all the magic tree house books
LibraryThing member Eclouse
Jack and Annie go on an adventure to Ancient Greece, during the first Olympic games. They have to find a lost scroll of poetry from a secret author. They find out lots of facts and information about what happened at the ancient Olympics. This book would be great for grades 3-5 or up because it is
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an easy reader novel and has good facts about Ancient Greece that can be used with a unit introducing Ancient Greece.
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LibraryThing member benuathanasia
I picked this book up expecting to feel brain cells dying as I read it. I was very wrong; I can see why my students enjoy this series so much. It's very well written (albeit extremely simplistic) and interesting. It was an extremely quick read and is educational, to boot!
LibraryThing member thuvan0301
Jack and Annie went back to Ancient Greece tried to save the lost story. They met Plato who helped them find the author of the story, who is an Anonymous. Jack and Annie was able to witness one of the ancient Olympic and saved by Pegasus," the great white winged horse in Greek mythology."
LibraryThing member esiera1
The “Magic Tree House” series are a great beginning chapter book for several reasons. First, it is a series about a young boy and girl, so all students can be interested in the characters. Students can become invested in the characters’ lives and adventures. These books are also educational
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because they are historical. Jack and Annie go on amazing adventures, while teaching students so much about the world. “Hour of the Olympics” (#16) is a wonderful beginning chapter book for many students! The plot is very organized and quick-paced, with great suspense and conflict to keep the students engaged. Jack and Annie are on an adventure to recover a story in ancient Greece. While they are there, they get to witness ancient Greek culture and see the Olympics. They even get to meet Pegasus! The language is very descriptive, with a lot of vocabulary and factual information for new learners. For example, "Nike is the goddess of victory.” This fact is really cool because Jack “writes” it in his journal, (different font and size in book) and children could relate this fact to the company Nike. Overall, the author created a wonderful story about ancient Greece and the Olympics, featuring Jack and Annie! The big idea of this story is about exploration, learning about ancient Greece and the Olympics.
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LibraryThing member sconne7
Hour of Olympics (The Magic Tree House #16) – By Mary Pope Osborne (Chapter Book)

I really enjoyed the book Hour of Olympics, by Mary Pope Osborne for a couple reasons. The first reason is that the text flows easily and is a more difficult read but uses vocabulary that is understandable to a
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fourth grader. The second reason is that the book introduces a history lesson about Ancient Greece. I have not read any other Magic Tree House books but I can infer that they all have an educational tone to them. The third reason is that it brings up different places in the world and the exploration and curiosity about different places and cultures. Finally, the book ends on a different educational note by introducing the idea of constellations to the audience. Throughout the story, Jack and Annie go on missions to save books directed by Morgan Le Fay. In Chapter One, they are sent to Ancient Greece through the magic tree house where Jack pointed at the book with a picture of Ancient Greece on it and said I wish to go there. This book explores Ancient Greece in a way that makes learning about history fun and exciting to children. The book also brings up the idea of gender roles because in Ancient Greece, women were not allowed to act; therefore men played the female and male roles. This book is part of an excellent educational series.
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LibraryThing member SimoneAlexis
Another thrilling adventure in the Magic Tree House collection. This time, Annie and Jack travel to Ancient Greece. They meet Plato, and learn all about the Olympic games, poetry, mythology, etc. Annie also asserts herself and shows that women can do things too, although they are not allowed to
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during this time. I would recommend this book to readers who are just starting out, up to the 4th grade level.
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LibraryThing member david.endres
I love The Magic Tree house books. This one in particular is a great book. One thing I love about this book and the whole series in general is that they are very educational. The books teach the readers about different historical events and places around the world. For example in this book it
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states, “The Olympic Games began in ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago.” That fact is a great historical fact and it’s educational for the reader. I also love the illustrations. These books are very engaging for children and the illustrations just add on to it. They aren’t very realistic but they also aren’t unrealistic. They are in black and white but they still are big enough for the reader to be drawn to them. The main idea of this book is to preserver and work hard to accomplish a task.
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LibraryThing member Briars_Reviews
Yet another blast from the past for me: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne is a sweet, middle grade read.

This historical series makes learning fun and interesting in a fictional way. Don't enjoy non-fiction books but still want to learn? This series can help your middle grade readers! This
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book does focus on girls and women in Greece and how they weren't allowed many options to learn or participate in events. I think this is an interesting way to bring this up to young readers.

I wouldn't recommend jumping in with this book. It's not the best story out of all of the ones I've read so far but it is good as part of a series.

Overall, this is a good middle grade book!

Two out of five stars.
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