Title: The Magic Treehouse (Series of 50 books)
Author: Mary Pope Osbourne
Age range/ ability: 4-7
Summary: A ‘normal’ brother and sister are the inspiring heroes in this series. They discovered a magic treehouse by accident one day and what follows is the most incredible adventures a young pair could have! They assist a magic librarian to collect books and artefacts from around the globe and throughout history in order to save not only great stories, but themselves and their friends. Each book is a new adventure and as the series continues the characters age, which also encourages reader engagement and excitement.
My thoughts: These were gripping as far as young children’s reading goes – we have actually read all 50 books! An awesome way to nurture your new reader and get them hooked on reading (never a bad thing in my book! Haha). The characters have strong, clearly recognisable traits and Pope Osbourne presents their personalities in such a way that early readers can easily relate. There is no harsh language or anything of a sexualised or media-focused nature – simply adventure and team work, character building, and learning! Pope Osbourne has Jack and Annie travelling to all areas of the world and even throughout history and myth on their adventures – so much stimulation and inspiration it’s not funny. I can’t recommend these highly enough I was so happy we found them!
They’re also accompanied by fact books to encourage further exploration, and a website I believe, for those who use the web to complement their child’s learning.
Also, a little side note – I believe the cover illustrations have been “jazzed up” recently and so even though we’ve read them all, some covers are unfamiliar to me, like the last in the set of four featured above.
Feedback from a 6 year old: “Wow!” “Oohhhh.” “That’s amazing!” (While reading)
“I think I’m more like Jack and less like Annie. But sometimes I’m like Annie.”
“We’ve been there, mum!”
Check out the books here : http://goo.gl/NMlN2k
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