Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Lions at Lunchtime Magic Tree House Book #11 takes young readers to the Plains of Africa. Mary Pope Osborne’s book introduces the animals of the area to third and fourth graders. Also, they meet a human inhabitant of the area, a Masai warrior.
Jack and Annie go to Africa to solve one of Morgan le Fay’s Ancient Riddles. The Frog Creek kids travel in a magic tree house which is a time portal. The tree house is a gift from Morgan le Fay. She is a Master Librarian from Camelot.
Eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, arrive on the Plains in late spring. It is migration time. There are many animals drinking water from the swollen river. The giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and Thomson’s Gazelles prepare to cross the river.
Jack uses his book of facts to learn about the animals. Readers learn along with him. The Frog Creek kids see other wild animals. Lions at Lunchtime Magic Tree House book #11 is a great book to introduce young people to the animals and the people of the Plains of Africa.
Mary Pope Osborne explains the term “migration.” Also, she explains how migration is a major part in the animals’ life. She explains the order in which the animals cross the mighty river. Ms. Osborne writes of the dangers they encounter in and out of the river.
Sal Murdocca’s drawings of the bespectacled Jack and impulsive Annie decorate the pages. His sketches of the Masai warrior and the animals are realistic. Therefore, the third and fourth graders have a visual picture to correspond to the people and animals seen by Jack and Annie.
Do not allow all the information in the book deter you from it. That is the beauty of Mary Pope Osborne’s books. There are a lot of action and humor to intrigue young readers. Ms. Osborne doesn’t preach to children. They have a fun read and learn at the same time. That is why they are popular with both children and parents or teachers. Lions at Lunchtime Magic Tree House #11 is one of the best in the Magic Tree House series.
Random House offers a great value for Magic Tree House fans, Magic Tree House Boxed Set Books 9-12. It includes Dolphins at Daybreak, Ghost Town at Sundown, Lions at Luchtime and Polar Bears Past Bedtime.
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