Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #24: Dog Heroes: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night

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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night, they had lots of questions. How do St. Bernards help find avalanche survivors? Who are some of the most famous war dog heroes? What breeds make good service dogs? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date ...

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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #24: Dog Heroes: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night

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Overview

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!

When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night, they had lots of questions. How do St. Bernards help find avalanche survivors? Who are some of the most famous war dog heroes? What breeds make good service dogs? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Dogs can be all kinds of heroes, as Jack and Annie find out when they show the results of their research in this companion to the fiction book, Dogs in the Dead of Night. One of the texts in the "Magic Tree House Fact Tracker" series, this nonfiction text begins with a chapter about the similarities between dogs and wolves and how people started breeding dogs for special purposes. An illustrated chart features dogs and their relatives. Actual events are described about search and rescue dogs, including stories about a bloodhound, a border collie, and a Saint Bernard. One chapter relates events of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City and how the rescue dogs played a tremendous part in helping during the aftermath of that tragedy. A group of illustrations with short explanations explain how service dogs assist people. Other real stories tell about how dogs worked during the war, and there is a group of stories about individual dogs that became heroes for different reasons. Another chapter features the unique work that dogs do in helping wildlife researchers and ecologists. In addition to lots of illustrations, there are some photos of the dogs in action. Children will enjoy the fascinating stories written in the same pleasant style of the other Magic Tree House books. Tips on how to do research using books, museums, zoos, tapes, and the Internet give kids ideas on how they can learn from a variety of resources. This book is great for independent readers and also for adults to read to younger children. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Dogs can be all kinds of heroes, as Jack and Annie find out when they show the results of their research in this companion to the fiction book, Dogs in the Dead of Night. One of the texts in the "Magic Tree House Fact Tracker" series, this nonfiction text begins with a chapter about the similarities between dogs and wolves and how people started breeding dogs for special purposes. An illustrated chart features dogs and their relatives. Actual events are described about search and rescue dogs, including stories about a bloodhound, a border collie, and a Saint Bernard. One chapter relates events of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City and how the rescue dogs played a tremendous part in helping during the aftermath of that tragedy. A group of illustrations with short explanations explain how service dogs assist people. Other real stories tell about how dogs worked during the war, and there is a group of stories about individual dogs that became heroes for different reasons. Another chapter features the unique work that dogs do in helping wildlife researchers and ecologists. In addition to lots of illustrations, there are some photos of the dogs in action. Children will enjoy the fascinating stories written in the same pleasant style of the other Magic Tree House books. Tips on how to do research using books, museums, zoos, tapes, and the Internet give kids ideas on how they can learn from a variety of resources. This book is great for independent readers and also for adults to read to younger children. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375860126
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Series , #24
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 72,007
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (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.

SAL MURDOCCA has been illustrating and writing books for children for many years. He has illustrated every book in the Magic Tree House fiction series and the Magic Tree House Research Guide nonfiction companions.

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
    2. Website:

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    Posted January 22, 2012

    Great Book...Must Read!!!

    While I have not read all the the Magic Tree House Books, my son has. I love that he continues to read and I was curious about this series of books. I have read a few of them now and I love the series. This book was wonderful and I recommend reading it.

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    Posted January 3, 2012

    To jack and annie

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    Posted June 10, 2012

    I never knew that

    This book is ausome I never knew dogs can do that I thought you just kept them for pets

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    Posted January 3, 2012

    I love this book so much

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    Great read for kids

    My 2nd grade daughter really enjoyed this book. She loves animals and learned a lot of interesting information.

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    Leslie

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    Posted November 24, 2012

    STOP RPING!!!!! Good book though

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