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Old 01-10-2007, 12:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So what do you think of the Magic Treehouse books?

There is a show being offered based on this book series...they go to the moon. Thinking of taking ky kids to the show and thought we'd read about them first.

Hoping our library will have some.


Do your kids like these books? Do you?
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:50 AM
 
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We like them here...my son (6 almost 7) who loves to be read to has about 25 of the books. We have read him pretty sophisticated stuff, but he still likes to go back to these. We are re-reading them currently as a "homeschooling" activity and we will read more about each subject they cover.
I like them because they are tame, not scary and about kids who are interested in exploring and learning.
Some of the books are better than others and they get more sophisticated as the series goes along.
I am hoping my DS1 will read them to DS2 (18 months) when he is ready for them. We started reading them to DS1 when he was 4 or maybe three.

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Is it a planetarium show? If it is, we saw it and thought it was great. We hadn't read the books before we went, but it didn't matter at all.

We enjoy the books now as well.
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The stories are fun.

The first few though, I really don't know how they made it through the editing process; they're pretty bad. If you're reading to the child, you can verbally edit on the fly. I don't know what to do about an independant reader except let them know that there are a lot of mistakes. I mean, I learned how to write properly, through reading. These books can not be used for that purpose.

The later ones are better though.
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These books are by no means great literature; they are formulaic and simple.

However, my kids have learned VAST amounts from these books and they have been a springboard for learning about, among other things, the 1906 SF earthquake, volcanoes, constellations, paper-making, Native Americans, the rainforest, the Arctic/Antarctic, Egypt ...

The kids LOVE them. Jack and Annie are definitely friends in our household.

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My first child liked the first few books I read to her when she was about 4 or 5, not reading on her own. But she quickly tired of them, and I was glad because they were torture to read aloud. The writing is less than wonderful.

She will tolerate the non-fiction books that go along with the fiction, but even these don't light a big spark for her, so we generally pass them by.

I know other kids who improved their reading quickly and enthusiastically by reading these books, and the books can be used to introduce a history topic, for example, but they aren't popular in our house.
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We like them. I'm amazed at how much DS (5 yrs old) remembers from these books. He calls them "Jack and Annie books" so even though the French versions call the kids Tom and Lea, I keep them as Jack and Annie if I'm reading one in French. For now my DS is an only child but I still appreciate the positive sibling relationship that Jack and Annie have.
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Reading them drove me batty, so my kids have enjoyed listening to them on tape. They are a terrific springboard for learning about all sorts of people and places.
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We just got 4 of the stories on tape from the library. My DS, young 4, sits through listening very intently. He'll listen for up to an hour! (What a nice break for me!)

I haven't seen the books yet though.

Does anyone know if the taped version is read straight from the book?
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My oldest ds and I love them.....my ds them reads out loud to me.
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I find them such poor literature that I couldn't stomach reading them aloud. I gave up after one or two. However, they were fun and enjoyable for a couple of my kids when they were stuck at the 'not-quite-ready-for-real-chapter-books' phase of reading acquisition. I would save them for new readers myself, because there's so much better-written stuff for young children to listen to.

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I echo the sentiments of almost everyone here. My DS loves them. DH picked up number 9 (Dolphins as Daybreak) first, not realizing it was a series. When we decided to start at the beginning, it was hard because they were so much worse than the later ones. However, DS has learned so much in from these books. He loves the books and has great affection for Jack and Annie. I have learned to mentally tune out when I read them.
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We have rope ladder in tree we call our Jack and Annie ladder....It's led to wonderful imaginative play.
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These books are by no means great literature; they are formulaic and simple.

However, my kids have learned VAST amounts from these books and they have been a springboard for learning about, among other things, the 1906 SF earthquake, volcanoes, constellations, paper-making, Native Americans, the rainforest, the Arctic/Antarctic, Egypt ...

The kids LOVE them. Jack and Annie are definitely friends in our household.

Namaste!
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They have another thumbs up from my boys, but i have gently introduced a variety of other books too as the style is not great and they are very simplistic, not on for a booker or anything and there are so darn many of them that my eldest read nothing else for months...........
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They are a favorite here in our houes! DS started listening to them when he was 3-4 years old. We bought a bunch from scholastic and have borrowed some from the library he eagerly awaits teh next book. (We're reading them in order) I wanted to get him the Christmas in Camelot one for Christams but DH said no caus ewe weren't that far in teh series yet and it would make him eager to skip around (and DS doesnt' want to read them out of order and it woudl but him to have ti sitting there and not be able to read it)
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I got the stories on CD but they never piqued ds' interest.

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I do have to admit that the voice that Mary Pope Osborne uses for Annie drives me absolutely batty.
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We have all of the books. They've been a big hit here. I read the Camelot one aloud and found it to be interesting. My children find them entertaining, and they've led to some map-questing and more reading in nonfiction books. I think they've provided both enjoyment and also some spark. They also kept my older child very content when I had a high-need and ill baby and toddler who needed almost all that I had for about two years.

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