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Viking Ships at Sunrise (1998)

by Mary Pope Osborne

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This book is a great way to transition readers to reading chapter books. It takes readers on an adventure while instilling in them a love of reading. First, the plot instantly captures the attention of readers as the main characters embark on a magical journey to Ancient Ireland to complete a mission. The two main characters travel back in time in order to get a very important ancient book, which is very exciting and thrilling to read about since it is fantasy. Young readers would be very engaged by the supernatural and magical components. Next, there are several pictures throughout the book, which makes it easier for students to visualize and comprehend what is going on in the text. If they are having difficulty with the words or overwhelmed by the long passages in the text, the pictures serve as a nice break for them while still engaging them in the story. Additionally, this book teaches readers about the Dark Ages in Ancient Ireland through the dialogue. For example, Jack carries around a book with him that he refers to in order to complete his mission. One passage he read stated “The early Middle Ages were once known as the ‘Dark Ages’ because learning and culture nearly vanished throughout Europe. Scholars today praise the brave Irish monks who helped keep Western civilization alive” (pg. 12). If readers have a particular interest in the topic, they will be engaged by learning through the plot about different facts regarding Ancient Ireland. There is also a list of additional facts about Ireland and Vikings after the story ends. This is great for extending knowledge about the topic, as well as bookending the story by following up with facts that readers can easily remember after an exciting story. The main purpose of this book is to transition early readers to chapter books and provide them with knowledge about Vikings and Ancient Ireland through a fantasy story. ( )
  Sulick1 | Apr 17, 2014 |
Jack and Annie traveled back to the Dark Ages of Europe tried to save the book with title:Serpens Magna of Ireland Long Ago. They met brother Patric who took them to the monastery of the monk. Jack and Annie met Brother Michael who was on his way finishing the book that Jack and Annie were looking for. Because the Viking was coming, Brother Michael decided to handed them the unfinished book which contain many but not all story of Ireland. ( )
  thuvan0301 | Apr 23, 2013 |
I picked this book up expecting to feel brain cells dying as I read it. I was very wrong; I can see why my students enjoy this series so much. It's very well written (albeit extremely simplistic) and interesting. It was an extremely quick read and is educational, to boot! ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 5, 2012 |
Jack and Annie travel to the Dark Ages to collect a book for Morgan and along the way almost get captured by Vikings but escape and then are helped by a sea serpent when they get lost in a storm. These are quite cool stories about reading. ( )
  ecosborne | Feb 8, 2012 |
This book was about a brother and sister, Jack and Annie, who have a tree house that can take them to different places. They can point at a picture in a book and go there with the help of Morgan le Fay, a magical librarian. They were asked to go to Ireland and recover an ancient book from the monks. When they land on the island it was very foggy and they couldn't see very well. One of the monks lowered a rope which helped them up a steep cliff. Once on top the monk showed them around their monastery. When they get to the library the children find the monk who is writing the book that they were supposed to bring back. Unfortunately the monk is not yet finished with the book and the monk tells them they must come back and get it. As the children head back to the tree house on the shore, they see the viking ships and run back up the cliff to warn the monks. The monks scamper to their secret hide-out and just then the monk gives them the book in fear that it will be destroyed. The children once again head back to their tree house, but this time they must look out for vikings. They see a group of them so they hide in one of the viking ships. The anchor rope loosens and they find themselves heading out to sea. They ask for help and just then a serpent comes out of the water and guides their ship back to the shore and they make it safely to their tree house.

This was a fun book about vikings. It was nice to read something suspenseful. This was an easy reader book and was a chapter book. I really liked the comradery of the brother and sister. They worked really well together and were very brave.

In the classroom, I could use this book to teach about the vikings. I could have the students make up their own short stories about an adventure they've had.
  Melanielooper | Mar 23, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679890610, Paperback)

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

"Beware of Vikings!"

warns Morgan. Then Jack and Annie are whisked back to ancient Ireland. They land on a cliff on a misty island. How will they find the story they are looking for? It will take a Viking invasion, the help of a jolly monk, and a lot of courage for Jack and Annie to succeed in Viking Ships at Sunrise.

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Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to a monastery in medieval Ireland, where they try to retrieve a lost book while being menaced by Viking raiders.

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