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Magic Tree House #18: Buffalo Before…

Magic Tree House #18: Buffalo Before Breakfast

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authors: Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

Series: Magic Tree House (18)

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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 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. ( )
  Othemts | Mar 24, 2016 |
This book is about a tree house having magic.The children was discovering different things and seeing buffalo. It is a fun book to read. ( )
  Angelatw | Oct 20, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a stellar book. The author, Mary Pope Osborne creates a suspension filled plot that makes the book hard to put down. The book is filled with constant conflict and resolution. For example, “’What’s he doing?’ asked Jack. ‘Ah-ah-CHOO!’ Black Hawk sneezed. ‘Uh-oh,’ said Annie. The huge buffalo jerked its head up. It made a low, moaning sound. Then it pointed its horns and charged!” This conflict encourages the reader to keep reading and reading until a resolution is found. This type of writing is constant through out the story, which is one of the reasons why it is so great. Additionally, although this book is a chapter book, the author is sure to include illustrations of factual information. Because of the cross genre nature, sometimes children could be confused by the fantasy versus factual information. However, the author clears this up by often bolding any factual information or includes pictures of any factual information. A great example of this can be found on pages 54 and 55. The author includes an illustration of a circle of Indian sitting around a fire smoking a long pipe. This clarifies to the reader that this is something that Indians actually partook in. Additionally, the pictures also serve, as a break to the reader because this is typically a child’s first chapter book and the long stretches of the text can often be tiresome to the child. For these multiple reasons, this book is an excellent book. Overall, I think the main message of this book is to teach children small amounts of information about Indians in a medium that is appealing and fun to read. ( )
  eyork1 | Oct 7, 2015 |
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, 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. ( )
  ecollado | Nov 27, 2014 |
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 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. ( )
  tsmith44 | Apr 24, 2014 |
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Morgan Le Fey, a magical librarian from the time of King Arthur, has charged a brave young pair of children with the task of freeing an enchanted dog from a spell by collecting four gifts. In the 18th easy-to-read chapter book in Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, eight-year-old Jack and seven-year-old Annie travel back almost 200 years to the Great Plains to find a "gift from the prairie blue." Along the way, Annie and Jack make friends with young Black Hawk, narrowly miss a buffalo stampede, and learn about how the Lakotas view the earth and their place in it. (Ages 8 to 12)

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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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