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Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne

Dolphins at Daybreak (1997)

by Mary Pope Osborne

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The Magic Tree House series is wonderful and I really enjoyed this book in the series for so many reasons. The language was very descriptive and contained several sensory details. Two examples of sensory details used are “The sky was pale gray. The air felt freshly washed” and “A breeze blew through the window. Sea gulls cried. Waves lapped the shore.” Sensory details are beneficial to a story because it keeps the reader interested and allows them to picture in their minds what is occurring. There is a large amount of dialogue provided, which I believe helps tell a better story. The writing is well organized into paragraphs and chapters. The chapters are arranged in chronological order of events. My favorite aspects of this story are the characters. Jack and Annie are believable and well-developed siblings who adventure to exciting new places together. Jack is the precautious older brother who learns through books and writing down information. Annie is the adventurous and daring younger sister who learns through exploring. Jack protects Annie and attempts to keep them both out of trouble. I love sibling bond these two characters have with each other. The plot of this story is Jack and Annie must travel to the ocean and solve a riddle for Morgan le Fay. Suspense is created when an octopus grasps onto Jack and Annie’s mini-sub, when the ceiling of the mini-sub cracks and leaks, and when a hammerhead sharks follows the siblings through open water. Fortunately, two dolphins safely bring Jack and Annie back to land. I enjoyed the black-and-white illustrations because they were very detailed. Although this story is fictional, it still contains factual information about sea life, such as, “The giant clam of the coral reef is three feet wide and weighs up to 200 pounds.” Therefore, as readers are enjoying Jack and Annie’s adventure, they are also gaining knowledge on marine animals. The message that Jack and Annie learned is that dolphins are heroes, which is evident when Annie states, “I guess they were the true pearl in the oyster.” The big idea for readers is brothers and sisters can work together to solve problems and have adventures. ( )
  jgiann2 | Apr 21, 2014 |
"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?" - Amazon
  kristynzonsius | Dec 3, 2013 |
★★★★Dolphins at Daybreak (Magic Tree House, #9) by Mary Pope Osborne

Dolphins at daybreak, is yet again another great addition to the magic tree house series. Jack and Annie set out to become Master Librians. To do this they must solve 4 riddles, and through under water exploration at the coral reef, they find their first answer. ( )
  Chantelle713 | Sep 25, 2013 |
Jack and Annie on the first mission trip to solve the riddle in order to become the Master Librarian. They landed on the Reef that has a broken mini-sub. The two was venturing the ocean when suddenly the mini-sub was crack and they were chase by the the octubus and the hammerhead shark. They got helped and solve the riddle. ( )
  thuvan0301 | Apr 16, 2013 |
This, like all magic tree house books is an entertaining and educational read for younger students intrigued by the mystery and adventure aspect of Jack and Annie's tales. On a more academic level, this book opens kids up to the research process and invites them to their local libraries to learn anything and everything.
  Laura_Martorana | Dec 9, 2012 |
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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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