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Magic Tree House #26: Good Morning, Gorillas…

Magic Tree House #26: Good Morning, Gorillas

by Mary Pope Osborne

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Review: Overall this book was very enjoyable. It was a chapter book filled with excitement and suspense. The text seemed very appropriate for children ages 6-11. This book is apart of a series that many children enjoy.

Jack and Annie were sent on a mission to find a hidden treasure in the cloud forest. They arrive in the rain forest and start looking for clue that their friend gave them that said "To find a special kind of magic in worlds so far apart, speak a special language, talk with your hands and heart." As they are traveling through the forest they hear something in the bushes. They meet a baby gorilla that they name Bu Bu. Jack and Annie follow Bu Bu back to his family in the jungle. They interact and learn a lot of new information about gorillas and the way they live. After playing with the gorillas for a couple of days they finally solve the secret mission that they were looking for. They created a long lasting bond with these animals and solved a mystery at the same time.

Argument: I love the series Magic Tree House, and I think children do too. This brings out children's imaginations, and let them believe in things like Jack and Annie.

The bid idea of this book is about friendship, communication, and teamwork. Children can relate to these ideas although the whole book is unrealistic. In the book They are sent to find a special kind of magic and they used their imagination to get there. ( )
  knold1 | Sep 9, 2014 |
Great for both boys and girls, quick beginning
  Breony | Jun 9, 2014 |
love it
  amaya101 | Dec 12, 2013 |
review to follow
  suefitz1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Summary: Jack and Annie are two siblings who get taken away by the Magic Treehouse to the mountains of Africa. Here, they encounter a baby gorilla along with its entire family. Jack and Annie end up becoming a part of the gorilla family for a few days, discovering how they play, eat, sleep, and communicate. Throughout the book, Jack reads his book about gorillas and learns new facts about them. The children eventually learn that the special language they were supposed to experience with the gorillas was sign language. Before leaving, Annie teaches Jack and the gorillas how to say "I love you" in sign language.

Genre Critique: This book is a good example of a fantasy, because it contains elements that would not be possible in the real world, such as time travel and magic. Even though these pieces of the story are not realistic, the reader can still connect with the ideas of friendship, communication, and working together that are presented in the book. In addition, the context of the story is believable, as the African Rain Forest and animal life that the children encounter all exist in the real world.

Plot Critique: This book shows a good example of person against nature conflict in the plot. This external conflict is shown in multiple ways in the story. First, a storm comes, causing Jack to lose track of where he is and separate from Annie. Next, Jack encounters a large silverback gorilla who is not accepting of Jack's presence at first, but then shows appreciation for Jack in the end. Lastly, person against nature conflict is seen when the black leopard tries to attack the baby gorilla and Annie. However, Jack acted like an angry gorilla and scared the leopard away, resolving the conflict. The climax of the story occurs toward the end of the book, when Jack and Annie discover that the secret language they needed to learn was sign language, and they teach the gorillas how to sign. The resolution follows directly after, with the silverback gorilla showing appreciation to Jack as he and Annie say goodbye to the gorilla family.
  rcreamer10 | Mar 16, 2013 |
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"Good Morning Gorillas" is an adventure book about a young boy and girl who travel to South Africa through their magic tree house.  While in South Africa they become friends with a pack of gorillas.  They learn about how gorillas act and what their characteristics are.  

This is a science fiction book. It tells and adventure story of how a brother and sister travel to Africa and discover gorillas, but it also tells true facts about gorillas such as their characteristics, what they eat, and how they live.    

To find out more about the author and the types of book s that she writes you can visit this website.  If you are interested in easy science adventure books this may be the author for you.  She writes on a broad range of topics. 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375806148, Paperback)

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

Gentle giants or giant monsters?

That's the question Jack and Annie have about gorillas when the Magic Tree House sweeps them to the mountains of Africa. There they meet a group of amazing and sometimes frightening mountain gorillas. Annie knows how to play with the creatures right away. But Jack is left out. Will the gorillas be able to teach him some special magic?

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The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to an African rainforest, where the siblings encounter gorillas and learn to communicate with them.

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