In December, I reviewed the first in the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. I'm currently revisiting the series in honor of the tragedy that struck in the North Atlantic Ocean 100 years ago today. Last week I read it to the Kindergartners and third graders; I'll read it to most of the other classes in the next few days.
Series checkouts (30 books owned): 125
Source: Local library sale
Synopsis: One rainy night, Jack and Annie visit the tree house and find a little bewitched terrier. To break the spell, they need four gifts. The first is from a ship lost at sea. This brings them to the R.M.S. Titanic on the night it sank.
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars
I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is a great series. It's a great mix of adventure and history. And the kids love the books. To paraphrase the Kix cereal commercials, "Kid tested, librarian approved."
In reading this story to the students, I was impressed by their knowledge of the Titanic disaster. Kindergartners knew that most of a glacier is below water. A third grader knew that other ships nearby had ignored the Titanic's distress flares because the ship often had parties with fireworks. I'm looking forward to what the other classes will already know.
There's a funny coincidence between this book and pop culture. One of our protagonists here is named Jack - just like the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1990s movie about the famous disaster by James Cameron. It's hard to keep from laughing when you're half-expecting little Annie to tell her big brother, "I'll never let you go, Jack!"
|I had a glacier from the local ice cream stand on April 14, in honor of the Titanic.|