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Civil War on Sunday

by Mary Pope Osborne

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Civil War on Sunday
“Civil War on Sunday” is a Magic Treehouse book by Mary Pope Osborne. Young readers will enjoy this book as though it is for entertainment; however, the book is full of factual information. Jack and Annie’s adventure leads them to the battlefields of the Civil War this time. The language is descriptive to provide depth to the history incorporated and brings it to life. For example, when describing the clothes it says “Jack wore scratchy pants and a long sleeved shirt”. Another example is when they meet the nurse at the field hospital and she is described as “Her face was red and beaded with sweat. Her eyes looked terribly tired”. Jack keeps his field journal throughout the book and writes down key points. This is a great way to demonstrate to young readers note taking. Additionally, the writing is engaging and educational at the same time. When they are helping to rescue wounded soldiers, the story incorporates Clara Barton who was a well-known factual field nurse. The book incorporates small excerpts that Jack reads from his “Civil War Book” that gives the reader pieces of history. At the end of the book there is a list of “Facts for you and Jack” that gives five facts about the Civil War. In addition, the song “Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground” was a true song sung by Civil War soldiers. This is a fun song for young readers to learn. Finally, at the end of the book there is a paragraph concerning Clara Barton and drummer boys. It would be impossible for the reader to not enjoy this book and learn history at the same time! You have to love the talent of the Magic Treehouse Storybooks. The big idea is to entertain the reader while teaching some history of the Civil War. ( )
  areyno5 | Nov 24, 2014 |
Summary: In this book, Jack and Annie go back to the Civil War period. When they get there they help bring wounded soldiers off of the battlefield and they help care for them in the tents. While there, they meet the famous nurse Clara Barton who teaches them that no matter which side the wounded soldiers are on, they all deserve help. The children learn how important it is to have a positive attitude with the soldiers and they are given a list of what they must follow in order to help them out: be cheerful, give hope, and don’t give up. Eventually, they even realize that they have a relative on the battlefield who was a drummer boy and they help him out as well. The children do their best to send positive vibes to everyone on the battlefield and they realize that war is not a game that is depicted in video games or on television.

Review: This book teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of helping others. The children risked their lives going back to the Civil War period to help get wounded soldiers off of the battlefield. However, they realized that it did not matter which side the wounded soldiers were on because they really should be helping everyone out. At one point, Jack was trying to give hope to an African American soldier by telling him he will soon be reunited with his family. The soldier had to tell Jack that his whole family was sold away to slavery and he was fighting for his own freedom. This book is eye opening and shows the harsh realities of war. It shows how important it is to help everyone involved because innocent people were dying when both sides were just fighting for what they believed in. Overall, I thought this book did a great job depicting what the war was like and how important it is to help those who need it. ( )
  jbaile14 | Nov 22, 2014 |
In the series of Magic Tree House, Mary Pope Osborne has brought to life an adventure in the Civil War. This book helps children to understand some of what the Civil War was all about.

In is book Mary tells the story of Jack and Annie and their adventure in ending up at the Civil War. They are eventually enlisted in the Red Cross as nurses assisting Clara Barton, who is introduced in this book. The story goes on to tell about their connections to some of the warriors and their challenges at saving Camelot.

This is a great book that engages children into the world of the Civil War. It helps to teach them about the importance of it and the basics of what the war was about. I think that I would read it aloud to the children a little each day.

One extension to this book would be to let the children dress up as one of the Civil War characters from the book. Maybe even have a "Civil War Character Parade" with the other classes.
Another extension would be to let them place "nurse" like they did in the book. Maybe talk about different things that nurses do and why.
  TARA5X | Mar 8, 2014 |
Very basic lessons delivered through a continuing story. Great for getting major concepts and written to be easily read. Fun but informative. ( )
  childlikelist | Nov 5, 2013 |
I picked this book up expecting to feel brain cells dying as I read it. I was very wrong; I can see why my students enjoy this series so much. It's very well written (albeit extremely simplistic) and interesting. It was an extremely quick read and is educational, to boot! ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 5, 2012 |
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Traveling back in time from the rumbling thunderstorms of present-day Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, to the booming of Civil War cannonballs near Richmond, Virginia, Jack and Annie set out on their 21st Magic Tree House adventure. The mysterious Morgan le Fay, magical librarian of Camelot, the long-ago kingdom of King Arthur, has left the brother and sister a message in their magic tree house, asking for their help saving Camelot. "Please find these four special kinds of writing for my library: Something to follow, Something to send, Something to learn, Something to lend." Jack and Annie enthusiastically transport themselves to a field near the fighting, and soon are enlisted as volunteer nurses assisting none other than Clara Barton, legendary "Angel of the Battlefield," as she drives her horse-drawn ambulance right onto the battlefields to help save wounded soldiers--including one with a very special connection to Jack and Annie.

Mary Pope Osborne's tremendously popular Magic Tree House series launches into a new realm, as Jack and Annie are challenged to save Camelot. Young readers will effortlessly learn the basics of Civil War history, while losing themselves in another gripping tale that has turned many a nonreader into a bookworm. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Jack and Annie are transported by their magic tree house to the time of the Civil War where they meet Clara Barton.

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