Magic Tree House #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 1999



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Random House Books for Young Readers (1999), Edition: Illustrated, 87 pages


The magic tree house takes Jack and his sister Annie to the Great Plains where they learn about the life of the Lakota Indians.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Jack and Annie head out to get an object from the Lakota Suix, which they manage after Jack finally stops being a total wimp for once. They save a boy after he shows off for them, and then spend the night (utually they leave the past after a couple of hours. Yes, the usual historical inaccuracies.
LibraryThing member skeeterbo
I liked the book because it was about animals. It was about a buffalo. I would like to hunt and kill and eat a buffalo. I can't because they are endangered. My favorite part was when they had to hide in the grass, and they thought that Black Hawk was a big Indian, but he was really a boy. He crept
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down a hill, past a buffalo, but he sneezed and the buffalo was scared!
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LibraryThing member eevers
Like most Magic Tree House books, this book gives the reader information about a topic, this time life as a Lakota tribe member through the lens of Jack and Annie and their little dog. Jack and Annie learn about how important pride and generosity are to the native people.
LibraryThing member nlevanen09
Critique: This is a great example of science fiction book because Jack and Annie use a tree house to travel through time. In this particular book in the series the visit the Lakota people and learn about buffalo.
Setting: This is a good example of an integral setting because without the time travel
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back to the time of the Lakota people in the plains you would have no story line. The introduction includes them walking through the grasses and then again at the end. It is a very distinct picture, characteristic of the time, place and people. The story would not be the same without this setting.

Level: Intermediate
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LibraryThing member maddie.albert756
This book is about two kids who is trying to figure out these five riddles to make the dog spell come undone. They have already figured out two out of five and so much closer of getting the dog spell undone.

You should read this book because it is a good book if u like mystery books. You should
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also read this book because it would be something fun to do when you have some free time. Like if you need a couple of books to do then read one of these books. They're really intresting and really good.
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LibraryThing member JaclynPoe
This book is themed around the Lakota Indians, time travel, and the great plains. I would use this book in my teaching as a read aloud book to my students. I like this particular series of books because they are full of suspense and are fun to read. I would recommend this book to children in grades
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LibraryThing member tsmith44
I really liked this book for a couple different reasons. The text features were how Jack would read some information about the Great Plains and then he would summarize that information in a notebook. They had handwriting in the book to show what he was summarizing. This helped relate actual history
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to this fictional story. For example the book had 2 sentences of history about the Great Plains. And then three lines below that in Jack’s handwriting it said “Great Plains- lots of land”. This helps give the students background knowledge when reading the book. I also really liked the book because the sentences were short. They were easy to read and kept me engaged the whole time. it kept the action moving and made the reader think “what next?” lastly, I liked that at the end of the book they went into further explanation about the legend of the White Buffalo Woman. This is a Lakota legend that has been passed down and after mentioning it in the book they put the legend at the end of the story for the students to read. Also there are more facts about the Lakota Indians, the Great Plains and how buffalo were such a great resources for the Native Americans. The big idea in this text was teaching students to be brave. Jack and Annie showed great bravery when going back to the Great Plains. This book also had themes of teamwork. Jack and Annie had to work together to help Black Hawk get away from the buffalo. This was a great book and it makes me want to read more of the Magic Tree House series.
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LibraryThing member ecollado
The magical book series transport the visitors of a magical treehouse into the land and time of the books they read. This book sends the children to the great plains of America during the early 1800’s to retrieve a gift. The children read facts from the book as they explore the vast plains. Soon,
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they come across the Lakota tribe. Jack learns from the book how to interact with his new Lakota friends. They experience tribal life and witness the great buffalo. They learn that great spirits own the lands, not people.
Although this book is part of a series, it can be read alone.
This book is interesting, in that, as the children are discovering, they are reading facts from their research book. These facts help the story become more of a teaching tool. There is also a section of additional facts presented at the end of the book.
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LibraryThing member Othemts
This is a very sweet story in the Magic Tree House series. Annie & Jack go to the Great Plains of the 1800s and meet a Lakota boy named Black Hawk and his wise and gentle grandmother. It's a nice glimpse into the life of the Lakota following the buffalo across the plains in the time before white
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settlers arrived. Which also makes it bittersweet since a culture and way of life were lost. Maybe the best Magic Tree House story I've read yet.
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LibraryThing member J.brittain1
it was strange
LibraryThing member AshMalee87
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Review: This book is a good example of historical fiction because it the basic storyline (besides going in a magic treehouse) and facts could have happened.
Setting: This book is set in the 1800's in the Great Plains of America.
Media: Pencil (colored and black)




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7.63 inches



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