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Magic Tree House Research Guide #07: Titanic

by Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne

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Fact Tracker: Titanic
The Magic Tree House “Fast Tracker: Titanic” by Will and Mary Pope Osborne, is a wonderful informational book for young readers to learn from. The book has descriptive language, but handles a historical topic by using language that readers can easily understand. “Captain Smith also ordered his look-outs in the crow’s nest to keep a careful watch. If they saw any ice, they were to call the bridge at once.” When there is language that the reader may not be familiar with, there is a notation on the side defining the term. In that sentence, “bridge” is defined on the side as “the room from which the captain and his officers steer the ship”. The writing is organized and tells the history of the titanic in a chronological sequence. The book begins with the building of the titanic and follows through to when the ship sinks. Another great feature of this book is the illustrations. There are real pictures on board the titanic and of artifacts found on the bottom of the ocean. Additionally, there are photographs and a description of several passengers on board the titanic. For example, “John Jacob Astor was one of the richest men in the world. He was on his way home from his honeymoon in Europe and Egypt with his new wife, Madeleine.” Finally, at the back of the book a “doing more research” section is included. This provides readers with books, dvds, and websites they can use to learn more about the history of the Titanic. The big idea of this book is to educate the reader about the history of the Titanic! ( )
  areyno5 | Nov 3, 2014 |
I have never known the truth about the Titanic and this book helped me to find out things that I did not know. There are a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to the Titanic. For example, Why did the Titanic sink? One thing that I liked about this book is that although it is a chapter book it has facts and pictures throughout the book that help to break up the text. For instance, on the first couple of pages it gives a fact that the Titanic was as big as three football fields and as tall as a 11 story building. These are facts that can help a reader to get in the mindset of the book and thinking about what they are reading. This book is very well put together because it includes a lot of information and pictures that are very descriptive. There are sidebar notes from Jack and Annie that explain different facts in the book that may be confusing. Having two children to follow through out the book makes the book more relatable for children. This book can be a great book for a child that is transitioning from easy chapter books or picture book into chapter books with more words. A child could also use this book if they were doing a report. This book has all of the components that can capture a child's attention when reading a chapter book. In the back of the book there was also an index that allows a child to search the back of the book and find where the information can located. This book was entertaining for me being an adult so I know that children enjoy this book. I learned a lot from it and would read another book from the Magic Tree House. Overall, this was a wonderful book. ( )
  abenne6 | Oct 20, 2014 |
I like this book for 3 reasons. First, as a nonfiction companion to an actual Magic Tree House adventure, this book is informational, but it reads like a story. It introduces a lot of unknown facts and is very interesting even for adults. Second, this is a transitional chapter book with illustrations and photographs breaking up the text. The book is visually pleasing, not overwhelming, and has a great combination of text features throughout the book. This includes: Jack and Annie’s heads on the sides of the pages giving explanations or definitions; chapter headings and subheadings; maps of the inside of the ship with labels or the route of the ship; diagrams to aid understanding; “fact files” to answer questions and misconceptions; and a “Titanic Timetable” to sum up all of the events. Third, this book is written in a way that children can relate. It is not too sad or serious for children to read. It highlights real passengers and heroes on the Titanic, and stops to summarize at different points in the story to ensure that children are following the content. Overall, the big picture of this book is to teach about the Titanic. ( )
  kfield9 | Apr 26, 2014 |
This is wonderful for a child doing a report. The facts are concise, and simple, and bring the story of the passengers to life. The illustrations and pictures were interesting. This book could open up a great discussion with your children, and many of the answers you seek are right her in this book. ( )
  TFS93 | Mar 7, 2012 |
Good for a school project on the Titanic. ( )
  Smiley91123 | Jan 30, 2009 |
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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!
When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic, they had lots of questions. How many people were aboard the Titanic? Why weren’t there enough lifeboats for all the passengers? How did this “unsinkable” ship sink? What lessons can we learn from the tragedy? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.

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Explores the history of the steamship Titanic, from Thomas Andrews' plans for "the safest ship on the ocean" to the lingering questions concerning its disastrous maiden voyage in 1912.

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