The Edmond Sun

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October 8, 2012

10-9 Good reads: books

EDMOND — ‘MAGIC TREE HOUSE: A PERFECT TIME FOR PANDAS’

BY MARY POPE OSBORNE

The 20th anniversary of Magic Tree House continues. The award-winning children’s series by Mary Pope Osborne that is widely regarded among children, teachers and parents alike for its power to instill a passion for reading has sold more than 100 million books and has been translated into 32 languages in 100 countries.

In the newest addition to the perennially best-selling and trusted series, the beloved brother-sister duo Jack and Annie are transported to China to save pandas from a devastating earthquake.

Ages 7-12.

‘MAGIC TREE HOUSE FACT TRACKER: PANDAS AND OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES’

BY MARY POPE OSBORNE AND NATALIE POPE BOYCE

Releasing simultaneously with “Magic Tree House: A Perfect Time for Pandas” is the nonfiction companion research guide, “Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Pandas and Other Endangered Species.”

When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in “Magic Tree House: A Perfect Time for Pandas” they had lots of questions.

What do pandas eat? Where do they live? Why are snow leopards so scarce? How can we help?

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 facts from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are an ideal way for children to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House stories.

Ages 6-10.

‘ROCKET WRITES A STORY’

BY TAD HILLS

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey.

Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, including a timid baby owl who becomes his friend and gives him an idea for a story.

While the task Rocket sets for himself is not always easy, he keeps a patient persistence throughout.

Budding writers will find it easy to follow along with Rocket as he carefully plots out his story. In the same way that “How Rocket Learned to Read” provided invaluable inspiration for flegling readers, “Rocket Writes a Story” will have even the most reluctant writers penning their own stories.

Ages 4-8.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Magic Treehouse Pandas Combo” and/or “Rocket Writes a Story” Deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway.

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