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Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!…

Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authors: Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

Series: Magic Tree House (47)

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The main idea behind this book is that history can be interesting and fun to learn about.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit because of the interesting plot that it had. The main characters, Jack and Annie, were trying to have a discussion with Abraham Lincoln but ended up going back in time and meeting his younger self. I thought it was very entertaining to read and it made learning the facts about Abe’s life (that he grew up poor, his mother dying while he was young) much easier to remember and relate to because the plot included all the little details without coming right out and saying it directly.
I also enjoyed how the information was presented throughout the text. By just reading the book, the reader knows that Abe had two children, when he became president, aspects of his childhood and about what was happening during his presidency. If a teacher was to state all this information out to a class, they would most likely have a hard time remembering all the details but if they were to read this book, they would most likely have an easier time recalling all the information because it was in a narrative style. It was a story to them, not an informational session. ( )
  graceberry | Nov 22, 2015 |
This early chapter book is part of the Magic Tree House series. In this installment Jack and Annie use their magic tree house to try to find the third piece of the puzzle to save Penny, the penguin, who has been put under a spell. To get the third piece Jack and Annie travel back in time to meet President Abraham Lincoln at the White House. They meet with his young sons and then help a young boy named Sam who gets injured in a horse ridding accident. The kids must find a feather and give him hope. And in the end they do just that. It is easy to see why this series is so popular with younger readers. It has a high interest factor, while still being readable. There are lots of twists and turns in the story line that would definitely hold the interest of most readers.

Based on reading this book, this series is a wonderful option for encouraging children to develop good and regular reading habits. These are good options to allow children to check out from the class library and to use in the classroom during independent reading time. I enjoyed the personal implements of the Abraham Lincoln's family life and the pieces of actual history that were included in this fiction novel. ( )
  zsvandyk | May 3, 2015 |
I have never read one any of the Magic Tree House Series before, and found that I really enjoyed this story. The main idea of this book was about two young children going back in time to learn about Abe Lincoln, and to find a feather. The author did a really good job at making a historical fiction book interesting. I do not tend to gravitate towards these kinds of books but Osbourne interested me. Her use of illustrations throughout the book helped me visualize the text I was reading. She also did an excellent job at creating well-developed characters. By the end, I felt a personal connection to Abraham Lincoln and his family. I felt like I really knew them, and could understand their ambitions. Osbourne’s unique technique of fusing modern aspects with historical facts could make any child interested in studying history. The simple language and constant dialogue made me feel like I was really in the story. I really enjoyed this book, and am thinking about ways I can incorporate Osbourne’s series throughout my future curriculum. ( )
  cyoung23 | Oct 4, 2014 |
I have always enjoyed reading this series of chapter books by Mary Pope Osborne and I think that she did a wonderful job piecing this story together. The main message of this story is to always have hope in every situation. I think that this story was so intriguing because it had actual facts within the book. Jack and Annie travel together to find more about Abraham Lincoln. I think that if the author did not include the actual facts, that the story would not flow as precisely and smoothly as it did. Another factor that grabbed my attention was the dialogue of the book. It caught my attention because it had some humor within the words. For example, when Jack is hesitant on going with Annie, he grits through his teeth and mutters that he is coming! I think that this adds more dimension to the characters and keeps the reader intrigued in the character's feelings and emotions. ( )
  laurenbutcher | Apr 28, 2014 |
I never really read the Magic Tree House series when I was growing up but I have mixed feelings about his book. I like that it is a historical fiction chapter book, and that there were actual facts in this book. I also like the writing in this book. The use of both inner and outer dialogue was very helpful in understanding the characters reactions to different situations. For example, “Fine! I’ll come!” Jack said through his teeth. He let Tad pull him through a group of grown-ups clubbing the stairs. When we get to the top, I’ll run back down, Jack thought. Then he can scream as loud as he wants. What I did not like about this book was the way the plot had so much to do with other books in the series. I think that each individual book in a series should have its own beginning, middle, end, problem and solution.
The central message of this book is to have hope. Annie and Jack took a lot of risk, and relied on a lot of people to complete the mission they were given. Thought out the book Annie and Jack did not understand why they experienced certain situations or why they met the people they did on their journey. In the end, Annie and Jack understood that some times things happen that can not be explained right away, but they needed to have hope that eventually everything would make sense. ( )
  kjacks26 | Feb 25, 2014 |
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Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is hard as rock and soft as drifting fog...
--Carl Sandburg
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375868259, Hardcover)

Jack and Annie are ready for their next adventure in the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Are you ready for a presidential adventure?

Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special feather that will help save Merlin’s baby penguin, Penny. When the magic tree house whisks them back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, Jack can’t wait to meet Abraham Lincoln himself! But the new president is too busy to see them, as he is desperately trying to save a nation in crisis.

When Jack and Annie ask for some magical help, they go back even further in time to a mysterious woods. Are these the same woods where Abraham Lincoln takes his daily horse ride? If so, can an orphan named Sam help them find Abe? Or will Jack and Annie have to help Sam instead?

It’s a race against time as Jack and Annie try to do the right thing. Plus, they still have to aid a president and a troubled nation, as well as get the object that will save Penny the penguin!
Visit the Magic Tree House website!

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The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Washington D.C. in the 1860s where they meet Abraham Lincoln and collect a feather that will help break a magic spell.

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