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Baby Pandas

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012


As you might know, my latest Magic Tree House, #48, A Perfect Day with Pandas came out this summer, along with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce’s newest Fact Tracker, Pandas and Other Endangered Species. Natalie always has an expert review her manuscripts to make sure that all her facts are correct, and this time her expert was Brandie Smith, Senior Curator at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

When Natalie and I recently went down to participate in the National Book Festival in Washington, we scheduled a visit with Brandie at the zoo. Coincidentally, a miraculous event had just occurred at the Panda House there – a baby panda had been born– and no one had known that the mother was pregnant!

It’s no surprise that the mother panda could have been pregnant without showing signs. When a baby panda is born, it is only about six inches long and weighs only three to five ounces. That’s no bigger than a stick of butter! Since a newborn panda is one of the most helpless creatures to ever come into the world, it’s not surprising that most do not survive.

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Fun Facts: Knights and Castles

Monday, September 17th, 2012


Every now and then we share some Fun and/or Amazing facts compiled by Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker books.

This time, it’s Knights and Castles

  • Knights lived during a time called the Middle Ages which began about 1500 years ago.
  • Knights were soldiers who fought on horseback.
  • Knights usually came from noble families rich enough to pay for their training.


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Classroom Adventures!

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Mary Pope Osborne's Classroom Adventures ProgramAs a new school year begins, I am excited to introduce you to my new Classroom Adventures Program. I regard this program as my 20th anniversary gift to teachers who have inspired me with their dedication to their students and creative use of Magic Tree House in the classroom. The program provides a comprehensive set of resources that allows teachers to use kids’ love of Jack and Annie’s adventures to stimulate interest in subjects across the entire curriculum.

The resources are free of charge and include:

  • A complete “Curriculum Key” that classifies every Magic Tree House book and non-fiction Fact Tracker with regard to subjects and the new core curriculum standards.
  • A Reading Level Guide for all books in the series
  • Individual lesson plans for each book including lesson plans for Special Education classrooms
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  Did you know?

1.  Wars were called off in Greece during the Olympics.
2.  As many as 70,000 people from all over Greece went to the Olympics.
3.  Messengers wearing cloaks and carrying wands went all over Greece to announce the dates of the Olympic Games.
4.  Olympic athletes often trained to the sound of flutes.
5.  Olympic champions were heroes who brought honor and fame to their villages.
6.  Milo of Croton, a famous Olympic wrestler, was so strong he could bend nails between two fingers and carry a cow on his shoulders.

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