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Revolutionary War on Wednesday

by Mary Pope Osborne

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    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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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 |
Summary: In this adventure Jack and Annie come face to face with George Washington and the soldiers of the Revolutionary War.

Personal Reaction:
I read this with my 5th grade class and I loved hat they are learning but at the same time so interested in what they are reading about!

Classroom Extention :
Compare aspects of war then vs. now
Write a letter of encouragement to a soldier ( )
  parkerthompson | Dec 3, 2012 |

Jack and Annie are brother and sister who have discovered a treehouse filled with books. The soon find that the treehouse is magic and any book they read can transport them to the actual place and time in the book. The treehouse is owned by a magical librarian named Morgan le Fay. Revolutionary War on Wednesday is the twenty-second book of the Magic Tree House series. On Wednesday morning, Annie wakes up Jack so they can get to the treehouse. They find a note left by Morgan, instructing them to find four special kinds of writings: 1. Something to follow 2. Something to send 3. Something to learn 4. Something to lend They had already been on the search and had found Something to follow, as they journeyed to the Civil War. Now they had to find Something to send. Jack picks up a book, that is near the note. The title of the book is The Revolutionary War. Jack says the words that will take them to the Revolutionary War "I wish we could go there", and points at the cover. Soon they find themselves in revolutionary period clothing and it is cold. In order to find what they are looking for, Jack and Annie read the book to get information. Jack takes notes as they go along: "American patriots fight for independence from Britain. British = redcoats". They see people in the distance and decide to go see if the people can assist them in their search. They discover a group of soldiers, around a campfire. They creep up to get a better look, but end up too close and are heard. They come out of hiding and find themselves face to face with patriot soldiers. Although the soldiers are nice, they inform the children that they have to leave to meet their Commander-in-Chief. The soldiers leave but Annie and Jack decide to follow them, in hopes that they will be led somewhere that can help them find what they are searching for. They run along a riverbank until they hear voices and see hundreds of soldiers. Jack reads in the book that it is Christmas of 1776 and the men are about to go on a secret mission. The Commander-in-Chief encourages his men, with the words of Thomas Paine. Soon after, Jack realizes that the Commander-in-Chief is George Washington. As Jack writes down this information, a soldier asks him what he is writing. Jack, in fear of being caught with a history book, runs off down the riverbank. He stops when a soldier yells at him and shines a lantern on him. It ends up being the captain of the troop he had talked to earlier. The Captain tells him to find Annie and go home at once, because the secret mission was dangerous and no place for children. Jack agrees to leave, but before he does the Captain asks him to take a letter to his children, but that he is only to send it if he hears that the patriots have failed. Jack realizes this is their Something to send and runs off to find Annie. Snow begins to fall and he has a hard time finding her, but he does. He finds her in George Washington's boat. He joins her to tell her that he has the item they need and they can now go home. Unfortunately, the soldiers get on board and take off. They are headed across the Delaware River with George Washington and his men. When they arrive on the far shore, George Washington sees them and instructs them that they are to return home. As the children wait to leave the soldiers are concerned about the snow and not being able to complete their mission. Annie yells out that they should continue and that they will succeed because the Hessians will not be expecting them. Hearing this, George Washington declares them seized as spies. Jack then reminds George Washington that he spoke words of encouragement to his men, and that he should follow his own advice. George Washington agrees. He thanks the children for their help, orders them back into the boat, and tells his men to march on. The children are taken back to the original shore. As soon as they land they run back to the treehouse and wish to go back home. Once they are back, they put the letter next to the first item and receive a note from Morgan: "Come back on Tuesday". They agreed and headed home, looking forward to their next adventure.

Personal Response:

I have read many of these books, to my sons. I think that Mary Pope Osborne has done a fantastic job of researching her topics and incorporating her characters into each adventure. It seems to boost students interests in topics they would not normally like, and that is a huge success for anyone.

Classroom Extensions:

Break the class up into groups to research and report on different concepts of the Revolutionary War. This can be based on groups active in the war itself, the reason the war happened, the author Thomas Paine, etc. There are many people and topics that can be researched.

Act out some of the important moments either before or during the Revolutionary War. This can be a lot of fun for the students and reinforce the lessons of our nations history.

Have the students design book covers, for this book. ( )
  jenniferatkinson | Oct 17, 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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