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Children's LiteratureJack and Annie of Frog Creek are happily baking Christmas cookies with their mother when they realize that it is the evening of the winter solstice. Remembering that their friends, Merlin and Morgan le Fay, had last called for their help on the summer solstice they race out doors to search for the magic tree house in the Frog Creek woods just in case they are needed again. They soon come across the tree house and their friends, Teddy and Kathleen, from Camelot. It is Teddy and Kathleen who have come this time to summon the help of Jack and Annie after finding a message from Merlin. Transported by the tree house to a magical frozen land, the four children encounter the fearful Ice Wizard and soon realize that it was he who actually sent for them. Jack, Annie, Teddy and Kathleen quickly understand that they will have to help the Ice Wizard in order to find the missing Merlin and Morgan le Fay. Armed only with a rhyme, a wind string and sleigh, the foursome set out upon another adventurous "Merlin Mission." As another fine installment of the "Magic Tree House" series, Mary Pope Osborne continues to delight young readers with the adventures of Jack and Annie through time and history. The subtle introduction to the world of myths and legends is wonderful in helping children to appreciate the art of storytelling. 2004, Random House, Ages 6 to 9.