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Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday

by Mary Pope Osborne

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    George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff (benuathanasia)
    benuathanasia: Similar concepts: Modern children being magically transported back in time to the Revolutionary War to perceive it first-hand. Both are good for low-level readers and younger children.

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Summary: In this book, Jack and Annie are taken back to the Revolutionary War. They encounter George Washington and his soldiers on Christmas Eve. Washington is hesitant about leading his soldiers across the Delaware River because the weather is so bad; there is a terrible snow storm. However, even though Washington told the children not to follow, they crossed the river anyway. Jack and Annie told Washington that his attack was going to be successful and that he should pursue it, even though he was having hesitations. During their time spent with the soldiers, Jack and Annie were also able to learn how difficult it was being away at war, especially during the holidays.

Review: I thought this book was a great way to teach readers about the difficulties of war. I also thought the big idea of it was to teach the reader to never give up. At one point, Jack helped convince Washington how important it was to keep going, “even if things look impossible, you should keep going…” (59). I think the fact that Jack and Annie really pushed Washington to keep going shows the importance of not letting others give up. I think especially in a time of war, it is important to keep motivating others to keep going. This is a lesson that can be taken outside of war too because it can be put into many different parts of ones life. Overall, I thought this book was very informational and had different parts of the war that is important for people to learn about. ( )
  jbaile14 | Nov 22, 2014 |
In REVOLUTIONARY WAR ON WEDNESDAY (Magic Tree House #22), Jack and Annie are catapulted to the period of the Revolutionary War; they have been instructed by Morgan le Fay to find a special kind of writing described as "something to send". They find themselves among the American war patriots who are crossing the Delaware on a frigid Christmas night with their Commander-in-Chief, George Washington; However, the soldiers are cold, ragged, discouraged and are losing the war. Will Jack and Annie be able to encourage the patriots to continue the fight and will they locate Morgan le Fay's request?

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph". Thomas Paine ( )
  shsunon | Nov 10, 2014 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because the writing was engaging and it flowed. The book told the story of the patriots crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas to win the war. The author made me wonder what the end would be. I had so many questions that I wanted to keep flipping the pages to find the answers. For instance, when the children were caught on the boat, I wondered if George Washington would continue his surprise attack or call it off. I wondered if the letter that Captain Sanders wrote to his children would be mailed to them. The book was written in a way that allowed me to envision what was going on and follow along with ease. What I didn’t like about the book was that some of the characters were unbelievable. There were two children in the midst of this war. The children were roaming in and out of the troops without being noticed. The fact the children were able to stow away on a small boat that was going into battle without being noticed until they had arrived at their destination is just unrealistic. The message of this book is that when all seems to be failing, encouraging words may be all that’s needed to motivate people to keep up the fight. ( )
  vbarbe1 | Apr 7, 2014 |
Osborne did a great job in creating a way of providing factual events and history into a story for young minds. As part of the Magic Tree House series, two adventurous children by the name of Jack and Annie set out for another adventure in their time- and space-traveling tree house. The mysterious, magical librarian, Morgan le Fay, has set four new tasks for the siblings. Jack and Annie must find four special kinds of writing for Morgan's library in order to save Camelot, the ancient kingdom of King Arthur. As they go back in time, they arrive to a dark and snowy area. As they look around, they notice that they are back in colonial times after viewing General George Washington about to lead his army in a sneak attack against their enemies. But the weather is causing General Washington to doubt his decision. The two children must do their best to keep history on its track during the Revolutionary War. This is a great book that captures the child’s imagination and allows that child to see history at the making.
  romeo14v | Oct 27, 2013 |
This chapter book is part of the Magic Tree House series, and it involves historical fiction. I like it because it provides a sense of adventure and excitement, along with educational facts about the Revolutionary war. I think it could be useful to add in the classroom with kids in grades 3-6.
  NatRenschen | Dec 11, 2012 |
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If it's Wednesday, it must be Revolutionary War day. Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House series, are in for another adventure in their time- and space-traveling tree house. Mysterious magical librarian Morgan le Fay has set four new tasks for the siblings. Jack and Annie must find four special kinds of writing for Morgan's library in order to save Camelot, the ancient kingdom of King Arthur. In Civil War on Sunday, the pair traveled back to the 1860s to collect a list of rules ("something to follow") from famous nurse Clara Barton. Now they discover they must visit another war era: the Revolutionary War. Jack and Annie set aside their apprehension and soon they're spinning back through time to Christmas Day, 1776, on the banks of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, where they encounter none other than the man on the dollar bill himself, George Washington! The children accidentally-on-purpose end up embroiled in the famous commander-in-chief's mission, where they not only play a part in convincing Washington to carry on with his patriotic duty, but also find the second kind of writing for Morgan's library: "something to send."

Award-winning author Mary Pope Osborne's young adventure series, The Magic Tree House, is immensely popular among children and teachers alike, promoting a fascination with history--and reading--no textbook can match. (Ages 6 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River.

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