By: Mary Pope Osborne
- Dinosaurs Before Dark
- The Knight At Dawn
- Mummies in the Morning
- Pirates Past Noon
I really enjoyed reading these books with my boys because the chapters are a good length and they are full of story and facts about different time periods. They held their interest all the way thru in most cases, which isn’t always the case when we ready. I highly recommend these books, especially for readers who are working on improving reading skills because it keeps them engaged. My other little one (hasn’t picked a nickname yet) is behind in reading and after reading these, it brought him up to the level he needs to be for mid year second grade. He was very behind at the beginning of the 2nd grade school year which is what prompted me to start these books. He still has trouble, but these books have helped us a lot. At the end of the second book “The Knight At Dawn” I decided to start creating reading comprehension questions for them to complete at the end of the chapter. They both also struggle with writing, so this was a great way to tackle 2 stressful weak areas they have. Having to write and answer questions is actually more difficult than the reading portion for them.
Ninja D (stage name for one of my sons) likes this series a little bit. He likes that there is a lot of action and excitement through the books. “It’s also cool that there are facts about different places in history. ” He feels that Annie is a little to bossy. His favorite book in this set was Pirates Past Noon because “it had a lot of action and I like pirates”
We look forward to the next set of adventures in the Magic Tree House. If you decide to read these books with your kids and would like to use the reading comprehension questions I created please follow below or send me a message and I will send a free printable version of the questions. Below is an example of what it looks like, the questions get more difficult as you get into the book.