Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #18: Penguins and Antarctica: A Nonfiction Companion to Eve of the Emperor Penguin (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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This book answers questions about Antarctica and the animals that live there, from how penguins survive in the frigid conditions to what happens at a South Pole research station.

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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #18: Penguins and Antarctica: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin

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Overview

This book answers questions about Antarctica and the animals that live there, from how penguins survive in the frigid conditions to what happens at a South Pole research station.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
While this nonfiction resource can stand alone as a wealth of information for the elementary crowd, it is also a welcome addition to the experience of reading Eve of the Emperor Penguin # 40 in the "Magic Tree House" series. This book takes the experiences of Jack and Annie from MTH and explores them more fully. This guide, which is engaging right from the start, covers all of the elements touched upon in the story but breaks them down and expands the scope of the information presented to provide a real and clear picture of life in Antarctica. Topics include history, animals, explorers, and modern day life. While this book provides much information, it also encourages further inquiry both through its friendly format and also by providing a useful list of alternative resources to be used for further study. This is a nice addition to the story and would be very useful particularly in a thematic/unit type of study. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Here is another book in the "Magic Tree House Research Guide" series. The title is a bit misleading, as much more is covered than just the penguins who inhabit Antarctica. In fact, four of the six chapters deal with other topics. These include the history and geography of Antarctica, animal life, explorers of the continent, and current activities at the site. Two children named Jack and Annie appear throughout the book as students are learning facts and being guided through an abundance of information presented in straightforward, easily-understood prose. Black and white illustrations and photos are an excellent addition to the text, providing visual appeal and unifying the work. Other sources of information in the book include a bibliography, a list of audiovisual materials, a list of zoos and aquariums where penguins are housed, and a list of web sites to visit. This is sure to be a useful book for youngsters undertaking research, as well as those who are interested in penguins and Antarctica. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781436435451
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Series , #18
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 119
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce are sisters who grew up on army posts all over the world. Mary is the author of over 50 acclaimed books for children. Natalie has worked as a children’s librarian and as a teacher of English and E.S.L. This is their 11th book together.

Sal Murdocca has been illustrating and writing books for children for many years. Sal and his wife, Nancy, are avid runners and have toured Europe on bicycles. He lives in Rockland County, New York.

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 December 22, 2012

    Penguin sex

    Penguins have sex also. If u read a book called 365 sex potitions beware for the ladies because the boys usally want sex. And if he sticks his cock up ur vagina beware u will get pregnant

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    Posted October 4, 2008

    awesome

    the research guide is fun and trilling.the facts make me see real penguins.

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    Love it!!!!! :)

    My sis luvs this book its wonderful and is good for any age!!!

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    Penguims Are Adorable

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