Magic Tree House - Research Guide # 4: Pirates

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authorsSal Murdocca (Illustrator), Will; Osborne
Hardcover, 2001




Scholastic, Inc. (2001), Paperback, 117 pages


Research the world of pirates and find out the facts behind the fiction.


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Physical description

117 p.; 7.5 inches



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LibraryThing member babshe1
Pirates, by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne, is an informational text, written to educate students. The Osbornes started with the Magic Tree House series which is another tale to tell but this book ties into that series. After they write a book they then write another book that shows the facts
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of the first. I love these books and read many as a kid. One of my favorite parts of this text would have to be the pictures and diagrams. The reading is great and really interesting, but for a young child these images really pull everything they read together. The illustrations are also neat because they alone show a huge amount of history. The next best thing in this text was the characters. In the Magic TreeHouse two characters go back in time each book, the author brought these characters into the informational text to help explain ideas. This is awesome because kids can relate to their favorite characters while reading allowing for even better learning. The last thing I like is the writing; for an informational text the sentences are descriptive, informative, educational, and easy to read. This is an all around great book for kids, and an even better series. The big idea is to educate and entertain children.
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LibraryThing member debnance
Is there any series of books that I more strongly recommend to the good readers at my primary school than Magic Tree House? And why is this my first venture into the research guides to the series? I don’t know why, but I intend to read more and promote these more. Every piece of information that
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an eight-year-old would want to know about pirates is in this book. And listen to this piece of advice in the Doing More Research section at the back of the book: “Here are some things to remember when you’re using books for research: You don’t have to read the whole book.” Wow. Refreshing. Well, this may be my new most-recommended nonfiction series for good readers.
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