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Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Dinosaurs Before Dark (1992)

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authors: Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

Series: Magic Tree House (1)

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1) by Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (1992)
Fiction Edition: #1, 80 pages

A brother and sister find a magic tree house full of books that can transport them to any place that can be found in the books. This the first book of a series. In this adventure Jack and Annie travel back to the age of the dinosaurs. They meet ancient living dinosaurs and carefully maneuver their way through this Jurassic world and eventually make their way back home safe and sound. This book contains topics and themes that are interesting for younger children like magic, time travel, and dinosaurs. This series can be a magic tree house for a reader. Each book will transport them to a new adventure in which they can learn and experience new things.
  jw170 | Feb 6, 2016 |
Jack and his sister Annie discover and investigate a mysterious tree house filled with intriguing books. Within minutes they find themselves transported to prehistoric times where they observe and mingle with a variety of dinosaurs. They find themselves fleeing from the man-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex. This book is the first in the Magic Tree House series. ( )
  shsunon | Jan 16, 2016 |
I have always loved all of the Magic Tree House books. They cover so many different historical topics yet are still very enjoyable for children. These would be good to use in any elementary classroom when you are discussing a certain topic or as a way to get students imaginations going. The books are fairly simple yet are still written in a chapter book format so they are not "too easy". These would be good for beginning readers who are starting to gain confidence yet still are not ready for something overly complicated. They could also be used for a writing exercise for students to give them a format where they could write about any topic you are studying at the moment and imagine themselves traveling there. ( )
  kkageyama | Dec 19, 2015 |
In this book, the magic treehouse takes Jack and Annie to prehistoric times. soon they are flying and walking with dinosaurs! one problem though- they do not know how to get home before dark!
  taylortrost | Dec 2, 2015 |
This is the first Magic Tree house book in the series and it is great. Kids not only go on the adventure with Jack and Annie but they also get to learn all about dinosaurs which can show an interest in both boys and girls. I love this book because how engaging it is. The concept of the Magic Tree House magically transporting Jack and Annie back in time to see dinosaurs is really cool. Another aspect is that they aren't just going back in time to see dinosaurs, but they were sent on a secret quest to find a medallion. However, they do not know that they were sent there for a purpose. As you read further into the books, the reader finds out that Morgan, a wizard, has been sending Jack and Annie on these quests. The first book does a really good job of intriguing the readers to read the rest of the series.
  brittanyyelle | Oct 21, 2015 |
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For Linda and Mallory,
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"Help! A monster!" said Annie.
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Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679824111, Paperback)

Jack and Annie's very first fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?

Visit the Magic Tree House website!

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Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

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