Author Archive for Mary Pope Osborne

Fun Facts: Pilgrims

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013


Did you know?

1.  Pilgrims came from England to worship as they pleased or to find work.

2.  The name of their ship was the Mayflower.

3.  The Mayflower carried 102 passengers.

4.  At the end of the first winter in Plymouth over half the Pilgrims had died of disease.

5.  At the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims thought that deer meat tasted better than turkey.

6.  The Pilgrims didn’t wear just black clothes. They wore many different colors.


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I couldn’t have been happier when the company of JetBlue elected to partner with Magic Tree House for JetBlue’s Soar With Reading Program this summer.  JetBlue’s program not only strives to inspire children to read, but also helps get books into the hands of children who need them most.

Their mission is in perfect sync with the mission of Magic Tree House’s Classroom Adventures/Gift of Books Program which is to cultivate an early love of reading by taking children on magical adventures to faraway places.  So, now we can all soar with reading together!

I’m also pleased to see that JetBlue is offering our Magic Tree House Passport to Adventure show over the next two weeks in both Coconut Creek and Orlando, Florida.  Check out the details on JetBlue’s Soar With Reading website!  I hope their program, and Jack and Annie inspire you too!

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Fun Facts!! Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, March 29th, 2013


1. Leonardo had a special way of writing called “mirror writing.” He wrote from right to left and backwards.
2. You could read Leonardo’s writing only if you held it up to a mirror.
3. Leonardo was a great inventor.
4. Leonardo invented the first cloth parachute. Recently someone decided to make one just like it. It worked!
5. Leonardo painted some of the most famous pictures in the world including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa.
6. Leonardo loved music and played an instrument called a “lute.”

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Where Will Jack & Annie Go Next?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013


One of the questions I’m most often asked is: Where do my ideas for Magic Tree House books come from? When I first started writing the series, I talked to countless kids and teachers about where they’d most like Jack and Annie to go. For years as I toured schools and asked questions, I was amazed at how similar all the suggestions were. No matter where I was, or what sort of group I was talking to, the same ideas would keep cropping up – such as mummies, pirates, the rainforest, ninjas, the moon, under the sea, the Titanic, Hawaii, and Antarctica. I would get my audience to vote on different ideas that I was thinking about, as well. I’d even get them to vote on cover ideas and titles for my books.

Now, as I’m starting to plan book #51, I still count on readers to share their thoughts with me. Not long ago, I asked a crowd to choose among four possibilities: ancient Mayan times, a World Cup soccer game, a trip down the Nile River, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The trip down the Nile seemed to catch the crowd’s attention, so I began doing my research. To my joy, I discovered that a very interesting person spent a winter on the Nile in the mid-1800’s. Her name was Florence Nightingale. Her journey was life-changing, and put her on the path to becoming the astonishing human being that she became as a nurse in the Crimea.

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