Good Morning, Gorillas (Magic Tree House Series #26)

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The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie off to the mountains of Africa. There they run into a huge mountain gorilla! At first they don’t know whether they should shake hands or turn tail. But the ominous-looking creature turns out to be surprisingly gentle. Not only that, the gorilla may be able to help them learn their next bit of magic, which Morgan has challenged them to do.

The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to an African rainforest, where the siblings ...

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Overview

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie off to the mountains of Africa. There they run into a huge mountain gorilla! At first they don’t know whether they should shake hands or turn tail. But the ominous-looking creature turns out to be surprisingly gentle. Not only that, the gorilla may be able to help them learn their next bit of magic, which Morgan has challenged them to do.

The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie to an African rainforest, where the siblings encounter gorillas and learn to communicate with them.

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The adventurous Magic Tree House kids are back in Book #26, and this time, they're thumping their chests with gorillas in the African rainforest.

In one of their journeys to discover different kinds of magic (themes in Books #25–28), Jack and Annie are instructed by Morgan to "speak a special language" and are left a book about Africa. Soon the two are whisked to the continent, where they meet a band of gorillas, including a couple of adorable babies and a large silverback. At first, Jack and Annie aren't sure if the band's leader is friendly, but when Jack does some gorilla imitations and later fends off a black leopard, the large simian takes to them. Jack and Annie even teach their new friends how to sign "I love you," and as always, Jack comes out with some terrific observations for his notebook.

As with all of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House books, Good Morning, Gorillas is a first-rate lesson in science and social studies. While adventure seekers learn about these gentle giants and their habitat, they're not bogged down with dry information, and they'll be inspired to investigate more. The book also includes extra facts about gorillas and endangered species, along with an author's note about her inspiration for the story. Another exciting trip in this whirlwind series! Matt Warner

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375806148
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/23/2002
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #26
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 71
  • Sales rank: 60,824
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.19 (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."

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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 March 7, 2011

    GREAT BOOK

    This was my first magic tree house book I've ever read after I got done reading it I fell in love with their books

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    magic tree house is awesome.

    I used to read these books when I was younge.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Can't miss with Magic Tree House

    My daughter and I absolutely love the MTH series. We are trying to get the whole set and can not wait for the new book to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    GOOD MORNING GORILLAS

    MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK IS BU BU, THE GORILLA. SHE IS FUNNY BECAUSE SHE TRIED TO TEACH ANNIE HOW TO CLIMB HUGE TREES AND HOW TO SWING FROM VINES.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Read

    GOOD,GREAT,THRILING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S.IF YOU LIKE ANIMALS,READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Lilstar23

    It was a good book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    this book was awsome!:)

    this book was awsome!:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    so cool

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Coolios

    Nice book mary pope osborn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    This book is awesome

    My favorite character is Bo Bo the monkey. Because she saves Annie when she falls through the trees.Annie was out in the woods and found a monkey. Annie started imatating Bo Bo. Bo Bo climbed a tree Annie climbed the tree. Bo Bo climbed higher. Annie climbed higher. Bo Bo swung to a different tree.Annie swung to a different tree and fell to the ground. Jack Annie¿s brother was worried and went to the treehouse for a flash light Bo Bo took Annie to the heard were he lived.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2002

    Worth the wait!

    It was interesting learning about gorillas and the way they play. It gave alot of facts about gorillas.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Awesome book

    This book series reminds me of the zoo!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Mari

    Go to res4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    To Halli

    Are you a Slave or a Master?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Chat

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Harley

    I would recommend this book for 10 year old kids but my daughter is 7 and she said this book was stupid and for 4 year old but then i read it and its for younger kids but i don't under stand why my daughter is so picky I just doubt it that she read good morning gorilla

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    To silverleapord

    See you there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Why do the sampel have to say gibergaber

    I am reading 2 of your books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    I could kiss every Magic tree house book!

    Can I start kissing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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