A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House Series #48)

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next adventure in the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie have to find a certain kind of food—the fourth thing needed to save Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny. The magic tree house whisks them off to a village in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve. Will it be their easiest adventure yet? ...

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Overview

Jack and Annie are ready for their next adventure in the New York Times bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie have to find a certain kind of food—the fourth thing needed to save Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny. The magic tree house whisks them off to a village in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve. Will it be their easiest adventure yet? Not a chance! Jack and Annie don't know it, but they’ve arrived on the day of a historic earthquake!

How will Jack and Annie survive when the giant quake strikes? Will they be able to rescue the pandas? And how will they ever get back to the tree house so that they can fulfill their quest to save Penny as well?

Mary Pope Osborne conjures up another fast-paced adventure filled with danger, mystery, and magic in the bestselling Magic Tree House series.
 
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On their fourth mission to save Merlin's penguin, Magic Tree House time-travelers Jack and Annie fly off to a rustic village in southeast China, not far from a famous panda sanctuary. What begins as a tranquil visit, however, soon turns literally into a disaster: The sister-and-brother team has arrived on the very day of the great 2008 Sichuan Province earthquake! As instructive as it is exciting, A Perfect Time for Pandas stands as a tribute to one of the world's most adorable endangered species. A top-seller in hardcover; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Jack and Annie have enchanted young readers for nearly twenty years. "The Magic Tree House" series has recently expanded with the publication of another "Merlin Mission" in which the young heroes travel back in time to witness an earthquake in China. During their adventure, Jack and Annie fall in love with the pandas who live in the national park, Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center. The children watch young pandas in incubators and visit a "kindergarten" for very young pandas. Suddenly there is a major crisis. An earthquake strikes the park, threatening the lives of humans and giant panda bears alike. Jack and Annie are lucky enough to survive the earthquake without injury. They rush to help rescue the pandas, and then head home to Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Young readers have loved following the adventures of Jack and Annie and this book is a wonderful addition to the successful series. Mary Pope Osborne has once again touched magic. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375868269
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #48
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 84,951
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series. She and her husband, writer Will Osborne (author of Magic Tree House: The Musical), live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with Will, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.
 
SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.

Biography

Ever since 1992, Mary Pope Osborne has been thrilling kids everywhere with her delightfully exciting Magic Tree House series. The globetrotting escapades of time travelers Jack and Annie are brimming with adventure and magic (not to mention some subtly placed lessons on history and geography). With a life like Osborne's, it's only natural that she would be capable of bringing such wondrous stories to life.

Osborne was brought up in a military family, and her parents' work led to a lifestyle marked by constant change. "By the time I was 15," she says on randomhouse.com, "I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina." While many kids would probably feel disoriented by such constant change, Osborne wouldn't have had it any other way. "Moving was never traumatic for me, but staying in one place was. When my dad finally retired to a small town in North Carolina, I nearly went crazy with boredom. I craved the adventure and changing scenery of our military life."

And adventure is exactly what Osborne got! After college, she embarked on a series of daring treks across the globe that would surely give Jack and Annie a run for their money. "For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete," she said. "Then I joined up with a small band of European young people heading to 'The East.' We traveled through 11 Asian countries and nearly lost our lives, first in an earthquake in northern Afghanistan and then in a riot in Kabul."

Following an illness she contracted in Katmandu, Osborne returned home to the U.S. trying her hand at a vast variety of jobs: window dresser, medical assistant, Russian travel consultant, waitress, bartender, and an assistant editor at a children's magazine. Although Osborne had unconsciously moved closer toward her ultimate career, she says that her first attempts at writing seemed to come without warning. "One day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an 11-year-old girl in the South," she recalls. "The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood...it became a young adult novel called Run, Run Fast as You Can. Finally, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up."

She sure did! Since then, Osborne has penned a slew of stories, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels; but she is indisputably best known for her wonderful Magic Tree House books, a happy hodge-podge of history and mystery with a time travel theme kids find irresistible. No doubt inspired by Osborne's own highly adventurous life, these exiting expeditions have attracted droves of children and pleased educators by combining compulsively readable storytelling with useful facts about geography and history.

As was written of the series in Children's Literature, "Mary Pope Osborne provides nicely paced excitement for young readers, and there's just enough information mixed in so that children will take away some historical fact along with a sense of accomplishment at having completed a chapter book." As much as Osborne has certainly pleased her readers (not to mention their parents and teachers), perhaps no one is quite as pleased as she. "I'm one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living," she explained. "There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children's book author."

Good To Know

A few fascinating outtakes from our interview with Osborne:

"One of the most defining experiences of my life was traveling overland in an old van through the Middle East and Asia in the early 1970's. One day, when a small group of us were camped in a remote part of northern Afghanistan, we saw a woman riding horseback over the sloping plain. Her long brown hair floated on the wind and she wore a bright gypsy-style dress. When she got closer, I realized she was one of my roommates from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill! Though I didn't even know she'd left the U.S.—and she didn't know I was in Afghanistan, we weren't that surprised to come upon each other. That says a lot about the times we were living in then."

"After 26 years of living in New York City, my husband Will and I now spend most of our time in Northwestern Connecticut, living in a house that overlooks a lake. We kayak and hike with our two Norfolk terriers, Joey and Mr. Bezo. Will's learning Italian, and I've been working with a tutor for two years trying to understand Dante's Divine Comedy. One of my biggest hobbies is reading philosophy and theology. We spend lots of time, of course, on our work. After writing three shows for the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina, Will's writing a musical based on the Magic Tree House series. I'm writing book # 38 in the series. I also spend a lot of time with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce who works on the Magic Tree House Research Guides. Natalie and our nephews and some of our best friends live nearby in the Berkshires Hills of Massachusetts, so we're up there a lot, too. My only complaint is there is not enough time to do all I want to do. For instance, I'd love to take drawing classes and I'd love to paint the lake we're living on. And I'd love to bird watch and become a better cook and learn about classical music. Maybe sometime in the future...."

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    1. Hometown:
      Goshen, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of North Carolina
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Great

    I love this book u have to get it

    27 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Good

    It is AWSOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    AWSOME

    You have to get it! It's AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    This book was s Thie book was awesome!

    Giant Jack was funny! I hope they keep writing more books! This is my new favorite Magic Tree House Book!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Its boring

    Magic tree house is so predictable. Iread them all to remind me off the worst books in the world. Besides, theyready survived a quake.

    6 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    I'm pretty sure Annie and Jack should be adults now.

    I'm pretty sure Annie and Jack should be adults now.

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Another great Jack and Annie Adventure

    My 6 year old grandson so very much enjoys Jack and Annie Adventures. This one was especially interesting because he was doing his class report on Pandas and also our new baby panda at National Zoo had just passed away. This series of books is so great for kids. He begs for them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Safv Savana

    Write more!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Rheanna bitne Rheanna Biner the biggest Rhea Bitner the biggest magic tree house fan

    I luv magic tree house. The only books I havn't read are Night of the ninjas, Buffalo befor breakfast, Revolutionary war on wednesday, A crazy day with cobras, and abe lincoln at last all the ones I have read were awsome and really taght me alot

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Gggggg

    Wollong town !!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 2, 2012

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    Fgtfhg

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    :)

    Okay so I am kinda obsessed with pandas haha. Since I am seeing so many great reviews about this book PLUS it got PANDAASSSS... SOOOO yeah i think that i should get this book! :)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Warriors den

    Warriors den

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Running Brook Crystal

    Baby hazel eyed princess wolf giggles and gurgles little bubbles. Is princess from Valcano clan.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Awesome book

    This book is amazing. I loved it even though i am 9 i love all the magic tree house books nomatte what people thing.. Can not wait till i read the next book... You should read it..
    - Amelia Laubsch :)

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Starry stuff!!!!!!!!!!

    My name is Starrymoon.Can I join too?

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

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    Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Alex

    I love pands to.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    The best magic tree house book yet

    This is a great book where Jack and Annie meet some pandas

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Ava Brawlys review stinks!

    I think this is a grate book I love it!

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