Oh Say, I Can't See (The Time Warp Trio Series #15)

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In the middle of Christmas night, 1776—in a surprise attack—General George Washington bravely led his American Colonial troops across the Delaware River to New Jersey. There, the Americans victoriously battled the hated British. Everyone knows that. But what is little known is that the Time Warp Trio was on board that fateful boat ride. It’s true. They were brought there by The Book, and only author Jon Scieszka knows why. . . .

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Overview

In the middle of Christmas night, 1776—in a surprise attack—General George Washington bravely led his American Colonial troops across the Delaware River to New Jersey. There, the Americans victoriously battled the hated British. Everyone knows that. But what is little known is that the Time Warp Trio was on board that fateful boat ride. It’s true. They were brought there by The Book, and only author Jon Scieszka knows why. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The Time Warp Trio boys are at it again in a historically based (yet, ever so loosely!) adventure that takes the friends out of Brooklyn and back just few years. Fred and Joe are joined this time by Sam's great granddaughter from 100 years in the future and her robotic cat, Rivets. The date is Christmas Eve, 1776, just before General Washington and his men cross the Delaware. Who knew that the famous painting of General Washington crossing the Delaware looks nothing like the reality of it, and, not only that, but that it is missing likenesses of Fred, Joe and Samantha? Humorous, wry conversations and descriptions will entertain readers. Black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout will keep readers interested in the story in the unlikely event that their interest sways. It would be a shame if this book ended on a serious note. Thankfully, the author concludes by leaving readers with a two page "Tricks with George Washington" chapter, giving step-by-step instructions on how to turn the father of our country into a mushroom head simply by folding a dollar bill. This is an excellent chapter book for this age group. It is part of the "The Time Warp Trio" series that includes such titles as Knights of the Kitchen Table, Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge? and Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci. Highly recommended. 2005, Viking/Penguin, Ages 7 up.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-More historical mayhem with the Time Warp Trio. Great-granddaughter Samantha drops in from the future, requesting the boys' help. Her robot cat has vanished into the past, along with her school report on George Washington and the gang's time-hopping book. The three warp back to Christmas, 1776, where a very harried Washington is trying to decide whether to cross the Delaware. His officers are all for staying on their own side of the river and predict disaster in battle against the professional Hessian troops. Meanwhile, the freezing, demoralized Continental soldiers are looking for scapegoats. The time travelers must save American history, find Samantha's missing pet, and avoid getting hung as spies. All the series hallmarks are here-short text; snappy, irreverent dialogue; and slyly twisted history. A must for Trio fans-old and new.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142408087
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/14/2007
  • Series: Time Warp Trio Series , #15
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 345,011
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).  In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at www.jsworldwide.com.

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