The Barnes & Noble Review
Mary Pope Osborne's adventure-loving kids say "aloha" to Hawaii in the 28th installment of the Magic Tree House series.
After Jack and Annie are instructed by Morgan to "find a special magic" by building "a special kind of ship," they're off for some magical merriment with native Hawaiians. The kids meet up with two other youngsters, Kama and Boka, who instruct Jack and Annie on island life, including hula dancing, surfing, and how to make poi. Trouble brews when Jack gets grumpy because he has a tough time riding the waves, and then a tsunami threatens. But after hightailing it to safety, the gang let Jack tell the story with a shake of his hula-hips, and they realize the value of their new friends. As it turns out, the "ship" they discover is "friendship," and with their newfound knowledge, the two new Magicians of Everyday Magic are set to put it toward more exciting trips.
With plenty of sunny action for kids and useful information for teachers and parents, Osborne's tropics-bound tree house is ultra fun! As usual, the author makes learning about other cultures as easy as "poi," with Hawaii being a fantastic and magical site for the fourth "special magic" book.
In this continuation of the children's series the "Magic Tree House," Jack and Annie are whisked away to old Hawaii. When they arrive they are just in time to attend a Luau and meet two young Hawaiians who open their home to them for the night. The next day the four children go surfing, an activity that Jack is uncertain about. After his first failed attempt, and teasing from the other children, he waits on the beach while the other children go surfing again. While he is waiting he feels an earthquake and consults one of his books on Hawaii for more information. He reads that earthquakes at Hawaii can result in a tsunami and quickly catches the other children's attention and warns them of the danger. The children make it to safety just in time and Jack and Annie soon return to their own time. Tidbits of information about Hawaiian culture and history intersperse the text, along with illustrations of scenes occurring in the chapters. Some background information is provided concerning how the children found the Magic Tree House, and how they know where they are going and the tasks they are supposed to perform. However, the book would be more interesting if read as part of the series instead of as a stand-alone piece of fiction. A very brief Hawaiian timeline and brief facts about Hawaii appear at the end of the text, along with a list of titles in the Magic Tree House Series. High Tide in Hawaii is number 28 in the "Magic Tree House" series. 2003, Random House,
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