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Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne

Dolphins at Daybreak (1997)

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authors: Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

Series: Magic Tree House (9)

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This contemporary realistic fiction teaches about sea animal adaptation. Number 9 within a series full of fantastic events, where Jack and Annie, the main characters, are constantly facing challenges as part of the magic tree house in order to become “Master Librarians”. This time, the adventure takes place under the ocean where pieces of information interestingly provided to the reader, invite them to learn about oceanography and sea life species with real facts. A wonderful story, rich in vocabulary presented in a special rhythm and riddles to solve on board of a mini submarine. The main characters discover the wonders of the sea through the encounter of dolphins, sharks and a giant octopus. Drawings made in pencil and perhaps grey water colors, provoking in the reader the sensation of swimming, and moving fully engaged with fun onomatopoeia and repetitions to emphasize main ideas. An excellent book to use for science and talk about different habitats and also use in a literacy unit, with many interesting ideas and details to explore.
  eearly15 | Apr 18, 2016 |
In this book a magic tree house takes Annie and Jack into the sea where they meet sharks, octopi, and dolphins. They are searching for four answers to an old riddle. They are trying to find the answer to become masters of the tree house. I could use this book for students who like the ocean and for students who are interested in adventures. ( )
  rpridmore | Apr 15, 2016 |
This story is about Jack and Annie, who are in the Magic Tree House when it takes them away to the middle of the ocean. There they find a mini-submarine and decide to get into it to explore. Annie accidentally presses the on button of the submarine, which takes them deep into the ocean. An octopus attaches itself to the sub, which makes cracks in the sub. Then the octopus shoots black ink, which means that a shark is near. After a while, Jack and Annie decide they have to swim back to shore, but when they get too tired, dolphins appear and take them right back to the shore. On the shore, they solve the riddle that they had been trying to solve all along.
This is suitable for grades 2nd-5th.
The Magic Tree House books are captivating! These would be great to recommend to students to read for themselves. They would love the adventures, the magic, and the relationship between siblings Annie and Jack. These are just fun, exciting books for children to read.
  Kayleeea | Nov 3, 2015 |
Jack and Annie have been assigned by Morgan le Fay the task of solving the riddle: Rough and gray as rock...I'm plain as can be...But hidden deep inside...There's great beauty in me...What am I? Their adventures take them to a coral reef, a ride on a leaky mini-sub, and encounters with an octopus and a hungry hammerhead shark. They are in definite danger and look for help from two friendly dolphins. This book is #9 of the Magic Tree House Series. ( )
  shsunon | Oct 19, 2015 |
I thought this was a great book. The first reason why I liked this book was because of the writing. Contained in the book were numerous instances of inner dialogue as well as dialogue between characters. An example of inner dialogue from the book was, “Having the same dream must mean something, he thought.” An example of dialogue between two characters was, “But dreams aren’t real,” said Jack. “Some dreams aren’t. But this one is,” said Annie. I liked how the author utilized both forms of dialogue in the book because it drew me into the various situations that occurred in the book, as well as made me easily understand the personalities of the characters. The second reason why I liked the book was because even though it was considered a chapter book, the book included illustrations. I liked this because it allowed me to see how the writing connected to the illustrations. I was able to see the characters’ emotions come alive through the illustrations. The main ideas from the book were cooperation and teamwork, habitats and ecosystems, and fish and marine life. ( )
  Germuth | Nov 15, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 067988338X, Paperback)

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


for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be dinner?

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Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie deep into the sea, where they meet up with dolphins, sharks, and octopi as they search for the answer to an ancient riddle.

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