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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China – Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall

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Title: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China – Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall

Author: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 128

Type of Book: Non-Fiction

Age: 8+

Buy it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magic-tree-house-fact-tracker-31-mary-pope-osborne/1119054505?ean=9780385386357; http://www.randomhousekids.com/books/detail/236086-magic-tree-house-fact-tracker-31-china-land-of-the-emperors-great-wall?isbn=9780385386357

Price: $5.99

MY SUMMARY

This book is the 31st in the Magic Tree House series, an adventure series that takes siblings, Jack and Annie on exciting journeys through time to discover the wonders of the world. Read my review of the first book in this series, Dinosaurs Before Dark here. This book is the non-fiction companion to Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon King. In #14, siblings Jack and Annie visit China during the reign of the Dragon King. This book provides background information to #14. It offers a wealth of information on Chinese history. Readers learn that the Dragon King, Qin Shihuandi united all the states/cities in China and became its first Emperor. He had a burial ground the size of a small city. He was buried with 8,000 terra cotta soldiers to guard his tomb, war chariots, terra cotta horses and lots of weapons (swords, spears and cross bars). Readers also learn how the Chinese invented paper and silk (and refused to share the secret of silk production for about 2,000 years!) This book also introduces readers to the great Chinese Dynasties, philosophers, festivals and the Chinese Language. Does your child know that Mandarin, the official language in China, (and not English) is the most widely spoken language in the world?

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Everything!! This book could easily have been titled, ‘All You Need to Know About China for Kids’. I loved absolutely everything about it. It’s a valuable resource/ reference tool on all things China for kids (adults too!) with all sorts of information ranging from Chinese festivals (New Year, Moon, Kite, Dragon Boat, etc.) to delicacies (rice, frog legs, chicken feet, etc.) and inventions (paper, silk, tea bag, porcelain, compass).

It’s filled with fun facts, photographs and illustrations. It also provides pronunciation guides for some Chinese words e.g. Xie Xie (SHE – ah SHE – ah) meaning ‘Thank You’. The book also has some pointers on how to conduct research in libraries, museums and using books and the internet! I cannot say how much I love this series. I HIGHLY recommend this book for boys and girls between the age of 7 and 12. The Magic Tree House series has sold more than 100 million books world wide! A testament to its value.

DOWN: None!!!!! 

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. What percentage of the world’s population lives in China? 20%.
  2. Chinese rulers and Egyptian Pharaohs have this in common? They are buried with things they would need for the afterlife such as weapons, food, clothes, jewelry, etc.
  3. China is about the size of ……? The USA!
  4. This has formed a basic part of the Chinese diet for thousands of years: Rice
  5. The most famous Chinese Philosopher?
  6. Fast facts about the Great Wall of China: The first wall was built by the first Emperor of China. It took 12 years to complete and it was 1,500 miles long. 400,000 men died while building this wall. It was also called ‘The Cemetery Wall’. The Great Wall was built in the 16th Century and it is 5,500 miles long.

Visit Jack and Annie here: www.magictreehouse.com

Look inside: http://insight.randomhouse.com/widget/v2/?width=600&isbn=9780385386357&author=OSBORNE%2C%20MARY%20POPE&title=China%3A%20Land%20of%20the%20Emperor%26%2339%3Bs%20Great%20Wall

CHALLENGE: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #31: China – Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Write a 600-word essay on any of the following: a. Chinese Terra-cotta Soldiers, b. The Great Wall of China, c. The Chinese New Year (8 – 9 year olds)

OR

  1. Write a 1000-word essay on any of the following: a. Confucius, b. The Himalayas, c. The Dragon King (10-12 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book. Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Sunday, June 26th 2016.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post.

Xie Xie

 

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Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Title: Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 68

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary, Adventure

Age: 6 – 9

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaurs-Before-Dark-Magic-House/dp/0679824111

Price: $2.82

MY SUMMARY

Jack, 8 and Annie, 7 were two ordinary kids who discovered some extraordinary things while walking through the woods near their home one quiet day. First, Annie came upon an abandoned tree house filled with all sorts of books: old ones, new ones, dusty ones, shiny ones. Then Jack made an even more amazing discovery. He wished he could see one of the flying dinosaurs in the book he read and whoosh!! Jack and Annie were transported in time to the time of dinosaurs!! Here they saw flying reptiles, a colony of dinosaurs with nests containing dozens of eggs, a t-rex, the scariest dinosaur of all time! (they eat human beings in one bite!), and he got to ride a flying Pteranodon!

It is a must read for all boys and girls especially those who have just started reading independently. This book is the first in an adventure series that takes the siblings on several journeys through time to discover the wonders of the world. This series has sold more than 100 million books world wide!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Readers join Jack and Annie in an exciting adventure in the time of dinosaurs! This book is easy to read and packs a lot of fun, adventure and facts in a small package. I recommend this book for boys and girls between the age of 5 and 9, especially beginning and reluctant readers and kids with a love for adventure. I love LOOVE looooove the series and have stocked up for my boys!!

Perhaps, the greatest highlight is the non-fiction companion to this book (pictured below) This book is a reference tool that contains all sorts of fun facts about dinosaurs!!! The book also has some pointers on how to do research in libraries, museums and using books and the internet!

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Tree-House-Fact-Tracker/dp/0375802967/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455247755&sr=1-1&keywords=magic+tree+house+fact+tracker

Jack and Annie will appeal to both boys and girls.

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Ask your child to list three types of dinosaurs mentioned in the book. ATriceratops B. Anatosaurus C. Tyrannosaurus

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Team the reading experience with a fact-finding fete. Find out all you can about dinosaurs. Read the Non-Fiction Companion
  • Listen to the audiobook here

Read extracts of this book and its non-fiction companion here:

http://www.magictreehouse.com/#read_a_sample

CHALLENGE: Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  • Write a short 400-word essay on dinosaurs (8-9 year olds)

OR

  • Draw (and name) three types of dinosaurs (6-7 year olds)

 

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 6 – 9 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, February 17th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

JUNIE B. JONES AND THE STUPID SMELLY BUS by Barbara Park

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