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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #27: Horse Heroes: A Nonfiction Companion to…

by Mary Pope Osborne

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The fist thing that drew me to this book was the fact that it is supposed to be used in conjunction with a fictional book in Pope’s series. Connecting fiction and non-fiction stories is a big idea in Common Core, so a teacher could use both of these books in the classroom. I enjoyed this story, because it was unlike the typical informational, textbook-like story. To me, this information felt like a story, not just boring facts. Throughout the story, the brother and sister from the Magic Tree House series would pop up and give random facts, which was a characteristic I really enjoyed. Their snippets usually served the purpose of further describing a vocabulary word, or giving a fun fact, which helps the reader develop a fuller understanding of the text. This aspect of the book also broke the story up and made it not so tedious to read. In the end of the book, the author also gave several good resources for performing further research on horses, including books and websites. Also, like a typical textbook there was an index, which would be useful if looking for one particular topic. These parts of the book help the reader go beyond the actual text of the book. The main idea of this book was to inform the audience about horses, and I think the author did a good job at delivering facts but crafting it as a fun story to read. ( )
  cyoung23 | Oct 11, 2014 |
I liked this book for a few reasons. For one, I liked the illustrations in the book because they contained both drawings and actual photographs. I think this is helpful because this book has fictional characters but also contains factual information. By incorporating both drawings and actual photographs supports the genre of non-fictional and fictional elements in the story. Also, I liked the vocabulary used in the story because it helped the reader to gain a better insight about horses and their features. For example, the book goes on to explain what hooves are on a horse. I also liked the writing because it was well organized. I liked how each chapter was about a different aspect of a horse including the history of horses and famous horses. Finally, I liked the book used interesting explanations to the facts mentioned. For example, I liked how the book explained that, “horses usually nap standing up so they can escape quickly if they’re threatened.” I think this statement will intrigue a reader to learn more about interesting facts about horses. The big message of Magic Tree House: Horse Heroes is to inform readers about the features of a horse, their history, and famous horses. ( )
  Kgranit | Apr 11, 2014 |
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When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #49: Stallion at Starlight, they had lots of questions. Why did people tame horses? What jobs do horses have today? Why was Alexander the Great's horse so famous? What are some other famous horses in history? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.

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Presents a nonfiction companion book to "Stallion by Starlight," discussing the history of domesticating horses and explaining why Alexander the Great's horse was so famous.

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