The Magic Tree House Incredible Fact Book, by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, is great fun for kids! The book is filled with snippets of information on a variety of subjects. The photographs are beautifully done, drawing the reader with marvelous details; there are a few that are creepy but all are amazing. Sal Murdocca’s illustrations are colorful and age appropriate, offsetting the photographs very nicely (I personally liked the size comparisons with the blue whale).
The chapters in this book contain topics that range from tiny insects to the largest animals on our planet, from Earth’s landscapes to the vastness of space. Don’t forget the random facts (“There are more fake flamingos in the world than real ones.”). With just a couple sentences of information and a picture, young readers get excited about new topics and want to learn more. Parents and grandparents can use this book to create conversions with youngsters about things that interest them. This book offers a wonderful opportunity for students needing to choose a research topic for school.
I have already added this book to my class library. My students are enjoying the information and are excited to share with their peers. The Magic Tree House Incredible Fact Book will definitely get quite a bit of use!
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