Osborne, Mary Pope and Boyce, Natalie Pope The Magic Tree House Survival Guide 144 pages, Random House Books for Young Readers, 2014. $12.99
This book is a survival guide from the point of view of Annie
and Jack. Each chapter starts off with a reference to a book in the series,
such as in the siblings facing off against pirates, then real-life (mostly)
tips are given to survive in a similar situation. Examples are stampedes, shark
encounter, zero gravity, train a horse, and tiger encounter.
Students will be drawn to the real working compass on the cover of the hardcover edition
(Please note: it can’t be removed without damaging the cover). It’s a great way
to tie fiction to non-fiction. There are tons of bright color illustrations,
notecards, photographs, and interesting fun to look at pages. For the most part the
information is pretty realistic, though I don’t think a student could train a
horse after reading the tips. I love the subtle way the authors broached the
subject of a dinosaur attack, citing that a T-rex can eat 500 pounds in one
gulp, but never stating that this amount would encompass a students entire
weight. A great accompaniment to the series.
EL(K-3), EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.