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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet—and the one that will make the most difference to their own lives! Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 5/23/2000 Pages: 96 Reading Level: Age 6 and Up


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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! Cannon fire! That's what Jack and Annie hear when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the time of the American Civil War. There they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton and do their best to help wounded soldiers. It is their hardest journey in time yet—and the one that will make the most difference to their own lives! Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 5/23/2000 Pages: 96 Reading Level: Age 6 and Up

30 review for Civil War on Sunday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Starting with this book, Jack and Annie embark on a new series of missions for Morgan le Fay. She tells them that Camelot is in trouble and she needs their help. They must find four special kinds of writing for her library. 1. Something to follow 2. Something to send 3. Something to learn 4. Something to lend The children travel back in time to the War Between the States, or the Civil War. There they help nurse wounded soldiers and meet Clara Barton, a pioneering nurse who later founded the American Starting with this book, Jack and Annie embark on a new series of missions for Morgan le Fay. She tells them that Camelot is in trouble and she needs their help. They must find four special kinds of writing for her library. 1. Something to follow 2. Something to send 3. Something to learn 4. Something to lend The children travel back in time to the War Between the States, or the Civil War. There they help nurse wounded soldiers and meet Clara Barton, a pioneering nurse who later founded the American Red Cross. Jack and Annie even meet a drummer boy who resembles Jack a great deal. His name is John. When they get home, they find out from their mom and dad that John is actually one of their ancestors! They had an ancestor who was a drummer boy for the Union Army. The nurses give the children a list of instructions from Miss Barton, which are pieces of good advice for life. Something to follow! *Be cheerful *Lesson sorrow and give hope *Be brave *Put aside your own feelings *Don't give up *Do not forget the ones who love you

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jhernandez

    This is about jack and anny going to the U.S.A. civil war.It is cool because jack and anny are helping the nurses to heal and give food to other people.It is also cool because jack and anny go through the time.They saved a man live in the war, and they helped alot.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    too short! I would have liked a little more interaction with Clara Barton, maybe a little more description of where they were and what they were experiencing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hilton

    Civil War on Sunday is part of the Magic Tree House series and is entertaining and somewhat informative. In this book, Jack and Annie go back in time to the Civil War days, and they learn what the Civil War is and why it is being fought. They also meet Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, along the way. I gave this book 4 stars because it was entertaining, and I enjoyed reading it with my students. This story can be used when teaching about the Civil War or it can be used in a small Civil War on Sunday is part of the Magic Tree House series and is entertaining and somewhat informative. In this book, Jack and Annie go back in time to the Civil War days, and they learn what the Civil War is and why it is being fought. They also meet Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, along the way. I gave this book 4 stars because it was entertaining, and I enjoyed reading it with my students. This story can be used when teaching about the Civil War or it can be used in a small reading group when focusing on comprehension.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pablo Vazquez Camargo

    People get sick and her want to hospital and I get to Bed and want to bed and they die

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rick Silva

    This is the start of a new four-book story arc for Magic Tree House, with Jack and Annie tasked with finding four different pieces of writing from different historical periods. In this book, they are seeking "something to follow", and are sent back in time to one of the more frightening and tragic settings they have visited: A field hospital in the American Civil War. This was definitely one of the most emotionally-charged books in the series, with both kids having moments of fear and hopelessnes This is the start of a new four-book story arc for Magic Tree House, with Jack and Annie tasked with finding four different pieces of writing from different historical periods. In this book, they are seeking "something to follow", and are sent back in time to one of the more frightening and tragic settings they have visited: A field hospital in the American Civil War. This was definitely one of the most emotionally-charged books in the series, with both kids having moments of fear and hopelessness that they had to overcome. The story strikes a good balance, focusing at various times on Jack and on Annie, and the introduction of Clara Barton as a mentor-figure allows for some good character development. Author Mary Pope Osborne threads a thin line, conveying the horror of the hospital filled with wounded soldiers without ever getting into overtly gory descriptions. She fits in a decent amount of Civil War history, given the space she has to work with, and includes some excellent details. Her use of Walter Kittredge's song "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground" was an especially nice touch, and it was fun to see the lyrics included in the "facts" section at the end of the book. This was also a standout book in the series for illustrator Sal Murdocca, who did a great job bringing Clara Barton to life. I read this with the Kiddo (almost age 10 now!) and he enjoyed it enough that he was asking for "one more chapter" at each sitting, and we finished it in three nights.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Jack and Annie found the first thing on Morgan's list to saving Camelot. It was something to follow. I did not like this book because I do not like the Civil War. The Civil War was a cruel war. I enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Jack and Annie found the first thing on Morgan's list to saving Camelot. It was something to follow. I did not like this book because I do not like the Civil War. The Civil War was a cruel war.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kierstin Carnahan

    Mansion children's book research counts for my yearly reading goal right? Mansion children's book research counts for my yearly reading goal right?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    i loved it,it was a nice story and the plot twist at the end is amazing

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samuel

    I liked it but it was to short for me.But it was bigger then midnight on the moon.Because midnight on the moon is 70 pages.And this book is 73.3 more pages then midnight on the moon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Love this historical series for children.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Assortedtrashprincess

    I love that this book acknowledge the brutality of war and death. I also appreciated that it acknowledged racism and slavery.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Orama

    This book is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. This time morgan Le Fay gave them a mission to go to the civil war. When Annie (Jacks little sister) woke up Jack woke up to. It was drizzling outside until Jack and Annie heard a voice. It was their mom. She asked them where they were going and they both told her to go out to play. She told them when it rains hurry inside. They both ran out to the tree house but no one was there. Then Annie saw a note or paper on the wooden floor. An This book is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. This time morgan Le Fay gave them a mission to go to the civil war. When Annie (Jacks little sister) woke up Jack woke up to. It was drizzling outside until Jack and Annie heard a voice. It was their mom. She asked them where they were going and they both told her to go out to play. She told them when it rains hurry inside. They both ran out to the tree house but no one was there. Then Annie saw a note or paper on the wooden floor. Annie went in the tree house and picked it up. Jack saw a book on the floor and it said, "THE CIVIL WAR". Jack really wanted to go so he wished to go there. They both closed their eyes while the tree house spun. When it stopped they were dressed in different clothes. Annie had a dress and Jack had a shirt with scratchy pants. Then they both saw solders with torn up blue uniforms and they were bleeding. They were union soldiers.Annie ran down the ladder and wanted to help a man that fell. Jack followed her. When they finished helping the men they found a village with soldiers. The village is like a hospital for taking care of wounded men. Jack and Annie helped the men go to the village. Then Annie wanted to help the men so she asked a lady that was a nurse. Jack wanted to go home because jack just noticed that the mission was to help soldiers. Jack refused to help the soldiers too, so he asked the nurse too. The nurse had no choice but to say yes because the needed a lot of help. Jack and Annie fed them, took care of their sicknesses, put bandages on their wounds, and gave them water.then all of a sudden bomb. BOOM! BOOM!BOOM! Every one was starting to run.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    It frequently amazes me how much emotion Mary Pope Osborne is able to convey in such few words. This book made me, almost 40 year-old me, cry. Twice. Of course, part of that is imagining how "my" little guy (almost 8) felt when he read it, but only part. Annie's big heart once again leads her and Jack into a situation that older and "wiser" heads would avoid. Jack, while originally somewhat excited to see something having to do with war, soon learns that war isn't a game. He is at first very shy It frequently amazes me how much emotion Mary Pope Osborne is able to convey in such few words. This book made me, almost 40 year-old me, cry. Twice. Of course, part of that is imagining how "my" little guy (almost 8) felt when he read it, but only part. Annie's big heart once again leads her and Jack into a situation that older and "wiser" heads would avoid. Jack, while originally somewhat excited to see something having to do with war, soon learns that war isn't a game. He is at first very shy around a bunch of wounded soldiers at a field hospital, but soon warms up to an older African American man. His whispered words to the man to give him hope were the first thing that made me cry; in and of themselves ("One day your great-great-grandchildren will be doctors and lawyers...) were powerful. Mentally adding President of the United States to the list was a real joy. I was also excited to see that the hero of the book is one of my childhood heroes. One of her biographies is the first biography I ever read, and re-read. And re-read. It's so fun to know that kids today are reading about her through these books, and that my little guy read about her, too. Another great installment in the series. I owe my guy an apology. I thought he just loved this one because he's an American History buff, but he was right, it was terrific.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dear readers, Annie and Jack is on a mission they have to get the script.So they go to the civil and get the script. At the first they already get what they want. But Annie decides to help the people that is hurt. So Jack stay with Annie and help the people who is hurt in the civil war. Then they a famous nurse called Cara they help her to get the people in the civil war that is hurt just then Jack find the drummer boy and it almost have the same age.they bring him to the nurse and went back home Dear readers, Annie and Jack is on a mission they have to get the script.So they go to the civil and get the script. At the first they already get what they want. But Annie decides to help the people that is hurt. So Jack stay with Annie and help the people who is hurt in the civil war. Then they a famous nurse called Cara they help her to get the people in the civil war that is hurt just then Jack find the drummer boy and it almost have the same age.they bring him to the nurse and went back homethe dum boy's name is john.when they got back homethey ask there mom and dad if there is any one in civil war there dad said that there is and he is the drum boy and its name is jhon. I use the statergy visulizing because there were only a few picture.I could vizurlize the part when Carla was carrying the the wagon and the cannon shooting the wagon.I also use pretiction Ipredict at the front cover that it will have lots of fight. I feel good because jack and Annie are helping the who is hurt durning the civil war.I think the author wrote this story to tell us the history in civil war.I think the theme in this story is maybe you only use it in one place but maybe you could use it anywhere.I think they are brave and kind because they help the people who is hurt and they are brave because the cannon shoot at themand they are not afraid.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina Koester

    Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne is in the genre of historical fiction and is of the age group of six to nine year olds. Civil War on Sunday was about Annie and Jack, who were on a mission and had helped in the Civil War. The reason I rated the book the way I did because it was very interesting to learn about the Civil War in a fun kind of way in a younger children's version. The characters in the book were mainly, Annie, Jack, the soldiers, Clara Barton, the nurses, and also a drummer b Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne is in the genre of historical fiction and is of the age group of six to nine year olds. Civil War on Sunday was about Annie and Jack, who were on a mission and had helped in the Civil War. The reason I rated the book the way I did because it was very interesting to learn about the Civil War in a fun kind of way in a younger children's version. The characters in the book were mainly, Annie, Jack, the soldiers, Clara Barton, the nurses, and also a drummer boy named John. The themes in this book were a mission for Morgan, helping in the Civil War, finding out you are related to someone. The illustrations in the book were just of Annie and Jack in the magic tree house, the Civil War, soldiers who needed help, the nurses and tents. There were no colors in the book at all. It was all just black and white. I feel that this book would be appealing to young readers because it talks about the Civil War, but not in a too harsh of a way. The book talks about the Civil War, but focuses more on Annie and Jack helping out the different soldiers, and continued to finish the mission for Morgan. As young readers would read this book, I feel they would get a little understanding of how the Civil War was like. April 22,2016

  17. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Fisher

    Twin Text Non-fiction entry #1 I paired the book "Civil war on Sunday" with the non-fiction book "The Confederate States of America". I paired these two books together because in the fiction book, Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House series, travel back to the time of the civil war, and they get to experience what the war was like. They meet a wonderful nurse named Clara Barton, and help take care of the wounded soldiers. I thought these two books went well together because when children are r Twin Text Non-fiction entry #1 I paired the book "Civil war on Sunday" with the non-fiction book "The Confederate States of America". I paired these two books together because in the fiction book, Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House series, travel back to the time of the civil war, and they get to experience what the war was like. They meet a wonderful nurse named Clara Barton, and help take care of the wounded soldiers. I thought these two books went well together because when children are reading the fiction book, and want to know more about the civil war, I can recommend the Confederate States of America to my students because it will give them real facts and stories from the Civil War. I think it would be great for my students to know as much about the Civil War as they can, because it was such an important time in American History. Those are the reasons I paired those together, and I think they go well together. It will be more background knowledge about what really happened in the Civil War for my students.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This story is about the magic tree house. And his book's main characters are two. They are son and daughter one day they found one marvelous tall tree. And when they went into there and said " I wish to go ~~~~~~~" Then the magic tree house sent them in to that place. And that time they wished to go civil war. In there they helped nurse they gave a foods or drinks to patients. And they met one woman who was delivering patients no matter what the patient's side was. And their most interesting per This story is about the magic tree house. And his book's main characters are two. They are son and daughter one day they found one marvelous tall tree. And when they went into there and said " I wish to go ~~~~~~~" Then the magic tree house sent them in to that place. And that time they wished to go civil war. In there they helped nurse they gave a foods or drinks to patients. And they met one woman who was delivering patients no matter what the patient's side was. And their most interesting person was drummer named John he was pretty young. And the drummer was important job to solider drummer made their meal times and changed strategy of war. After they came back from the interesting trip, they asked their parents about cilver war and their father said great,great,great grandfather was drummer and his name was John.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    These books never cease to amazing me. The level of background knowledge on the Civil War really made this book believable and helpful to the readers. I enjoyed the connection the main characters made to the writing of a note by a nurse. What I really loved is how that note applied to not only the Civil War but anything in life. I think it is important for children to follow the following note of: Be cheerful, Lessen sorrow and give hope, Be brave, Put aside your own feelings, and Don’t give up. These books never cease to amazing me. The level of background knowledge on the Civil War really made this book believable and helpful to the readers. I enjoyed the connection the main characters made to the writing of a note by a nurse. What I really loved is how that note applied to not only the Civil War but anything in life. I think it is important for children to follow the following note of: Be cheerful, Lessen sorrow and give hope, Be brave, Put aside your own feelings, and Don’t give up. Children could learn a lot about this book. I would use this book in my future classroom to teach about the Civil War, how to follow your dreams, and to care for others. This book is one of my favorites by far!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Really liked how they encountered many different people who were involved in the Civil war-nurses, soldiers (on both sides), drummer boy, an African American fighting for the union. I think this was the first time my kids heard about the Civil War, and it did a good job of explaining it. I also liked how it taught Jack that war is not a game, and it's not all glorious like how kids like to pretend war is-that there's suffering and sacrifice, and boys/men torn from their families. I also liked th Really liked how they encountered many different people who were involved in the Civil war-nurses, soldiers (on both sides), drummer boy, an African American fighting for the union. I think this was the first time my kids heard about the Civil War, and it did a good job of explaining it. I also liked how it taught Jack that war is not a game, and it's not all glorious like how kids like to pretend war is-that there's suffering and sacrifice, and boys/men torn from their families. I also liked the message of giving hope, being cheerful, helping others in time of need, putting aside your own feelings...overall a great positive message for kids.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rubi

    I love how Osborne takes this opportunity to show kids that war is not to be glorified, and that there can be good people on both sides. She also writes about the importance of kindness and bravery. It takes guts to do the right thing sometimes. I learned about drummer boys while reading this. I'd heard of them, but never really knew they're role outside of marching. It was quite fascinating. The extra facts at the end were really cool, too. I may be an adult but the Magic Tree House series is s I love how Osborne takes this opportunity to show kids that war is not to be glorified, and that there can be good people on both sides. She also writes about the importance of kindness and bravery. It takes guts to do the right thing sometimes. I learned about drummer boys while reading this. I'd heard of them, but never really knew they're role outside of marching. It was quite fascinating. The extra facts at the end were really cool, too. I may be an adult but the Magic Tree House series is still a fun learning experience :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    My generic review for the Magic Tree House books - We've loved them all so far. They are fun, easy to read and contain quite a bit of historical information. We use them as read-alouds, but most elementary/middle school kids could read them on their own. It does have a touch of 'girl power' at the expense of making the brother seem a little dumb. That kinda bugs. But it's not obvious and my boys haven't noticed. They think Jack is just as cool as his sister. My generic review for the Magic Tree House books - We've loved them all so far. They are fun, easy to read and contain quite a bit of historical information. We use them as read-alouds, but most elementary/middle school kids could read them on their own. It does have a touch of 'girl power' at the expense of making the brother seem a little dumb. That kinda bugs. But it's not obvious and my boys haven't noticed. They think Jack is just as cool as his sister.

  23. 5 out of 5

    DivaDiane

    This was a particularly moving story in which Jack and Annie go back to the civil war and discover that it is not as simple as we learn in history class. War is a complicated thing and affects everyone. Even children fought in the war. They are tasked with getting a piece of writing which is to be followed, they receive it right at the beginning but end up staying to help for a while. Afterwards they recognize that they had actually followed the list and then felt it was time to go home.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holden

    This was awesome because one of the nurses rode her horse drawn carriage into the battle field to pick up wounded soldiers. Jack and Annie got to meet their great-great-great grandfather who was a drummer boy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashlyn Stelmach

    This was another great historical story. I'm glad it included that the hospitals helped both Union and Confederate soldiers so that the kids who read this can understand that better too. I love the different voices she uses for the characters and I'm really enjoying the nostalgic feelings too. This was another great historical story. I'm glad it included that the hospitals helped both Union and Confederate soldiers so that the kids who read this can understand that better too. I love the different voices she uses for the characters and I'm really enjoying the nostalgic feelings too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric Nguyen

    Wow! I love these books I want to bring them to school because I like these books and I want to read them every day

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Gabriel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Magic Treehousew series is one that greatly shaped my childhood. I go into this review aware of this bias, and will do my best to keep it in mind as I review this installment of the series. This is the 21st book in the expansive Magic Treehouse series. Overall, I found it enjoyable, and surprisingly heavier than I remember other books in this series being. While by no means graphic or inappropriate, it is able to get across the ugly side of war in a way that is acceptable for young audiences The Magic Treehousew series is one that greatly shaped my childhood. I go into this review aware of this bias, and will do my best to keep it in mind as I review this installment of the series. This is the 21st book in the expansive Magic Treehouse series. Overall, I found it enjoyable, and surprisingly heavier than I remember other books in this series being. While by no means graphic or inappropriate, it is able to get across the ugly side of war in a way that is acceptable for young audiences. The book begins as many of them do. Jack is in his room wishing for the treehouse to appear, when his little sister Annie rushes in to inform him that the treehouse is there and they need to go look for it. When they find it, the see a new message informing them that Camelot is in danger, and they must find a series of objects in order to save it, the first one being "Something to follow". The two are able to deduce that they will be visiting the American Civil war this journey. Annie is immediatly horrified, while Jack remarks in his head "He knew war was bad. But some parts of it seemed fun, like a game."(p9). This sentiment, while it seems odd to adults, is something many younger children oftewn think. With the amount of games (video games, board games, etc.) based off different wars and war concepts its no wonder that some younger children may be mislead to believe that while war is bad, it might also be fun. As the story unfold, Jack and Annie find a war hospital and talk to one of the colunteer nurses. They get what they need almost immedialty, a list of instructions on how to lift the spirits of the wounded they are caring for. Jack is ready to leave, but Annie reminds him that before the nurse gave them the instructions, she also gave them a job. To deliver water and lunch to the wounded. Annie is determined to do this job, and Jack follows. Jack is immediatly disturbed after seeing the wounded soldiers, the death and destruction not being something he had ever thoguht about when thinking about war. He talks to an elderly black soldier who tells Jack he used to be a slave. Slavery is another thing Jack had never previouslt had to confront, and when he sees in his book what they had to go through he is moved. After Jack and Annie finish their job, Jack is once again ready to go, but Nurse Clara Barton returns to the hospital, and asks the children to come with her to the battlefield to help gather more wounded. They agree, and accompany her. They pick up two wounded, one a confederate soldier, from the opposing side, and one a drummer boy only a little older than Jack. They brong the boys back and Jack and Annie help care for the drummer boy. Jack reads about how important the boy's job was, and comforts him. After this Annie is homesick and finally ready to leave. Jack however, wants to stay, as he feels there is so much more they can do. Clara Barton sends the two on their way though, so that they can get back to their parents. Before leaving, Jack remarks ""War is not a game" Jack said softly. "It is definitely not a game."(p67). They return home and learn from their parents that the drummer boy they met is actually thei great-great-great grandfather, and that he does survive. It was shocking to me that in such a short time Mary Pope Osborn is able to give Jack such a character arch. His change is believeable despite being so quick. It is also relatable, as Jack feels the way many younger readers may feel, especially if they have never needed to confront topics like war or slavery. The facts given in the text are also very interesting and educational for readers. This book was just as enjoyabke reading as an adult as it was as a child.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jasper

    A cruel war, the Civil War took away countless lives of American soldiers and civilians. It was very bloody, yet Mrs. Osborne managed to design a children-friendly version of this part of American history. I found this book very enjoyable as I read. This can be loosely organized into two aspects. First of all, I like learning about American history. I find it quite fascinating that a former British colony in North America could ambitiously and ultimately successfully defeated their colonizers an A cruel war, the Civil War took away countless lives of American soldiers and civilians. It was very bloody, yet Mrs. Osborne managed to design a children-friendly version of this part of American history. I found this book very enjoyable as I read. This can be loosely organized into two aspects. First of all, I like learning about American history. I find it quite fascinating that a former British colony in North America could ambitiously and ultimately successfully defeated their colonizers and built their own nation from scratch. Imagine how difficult and time-consuming this work would be! I appreciate very much of the book telling the black history in the United States as many slaves had been employed at the early stages of the union. Washington might have freed them, but it quickly fell to failure as this was the main reason of the outbreak of the Civil War. The author did take her time to do some research and help me learn more about one of the greatest country in the world. I really like this history background. The second thing which captivated me was that through simple words and sentences, Mrs. Osborne already told a wonderful story. Personally, I think this type of writing is better because the simpler the idea and the presentation is, the easier for the readers to understand the feelings of the writer. Also known as empathy, I suppose. Because as Jack, one of the main characters in the book, came across a boy whom he had never ever met before, they instantly felt to be brothers, where, of course it wasn't true. A surprising ending made this point even clearer, but I'm not going to spoil it here. Somebody who has always dreamed of having siblings, I could also feel what Jack felt in the story. That's the power of the writing. It made me experience the world of Jack and his little sister Annie. And this has been brilliant. I read some Magic Tree House (abbreviated as "MTH" below) books some time ago and found them to be truly mesmerizing. This time, it's even better because of the American background and my interest in it. The MTH books are all fascinating and I have been so impressed by how Mrs. Osborne used simple, easy words to create a beautiful story. It may be the best to start your MTH world with the first title, but this one will also make an awesome introduction to this magical kingdom of stories!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    Of all the entries in the original series, Civil War on Sunday had to be the one that affected Jack and Annie the most. They get a grasp on reality. They meet people that mean a lot to them. They struggle to find meaning in dark times. And in the end, that's exactly what they get. (view spoiler)[Jack and Annie head back in time to the American Civil War, and Jack, while aware that war was bad, also sees some fun in it. That begins to change when they come across a field hospital with injured sol Of all the entries in the original series, Civil War on Sunday had to be the one that affected Jack and Annie the most. They get a grasp on reality. They meet people that mean a lot to them. They struggle to find meaning in dark times. And in the end, that's exactly what they get. (view spoiler)[Jack and Annie head back in time to the American Civil War, and Jack, while aware that war was bad, also sees some fun in it. That begins to change when they come across a field hospital with injured soldiers, an image Jack can't swallow. As Annie tries to help the soldiers, a nurse gives Jack the first of four writings needed to save Camelot, which is a list of tasks to follow. Jack believes they could go home when Annie insists that they keep helping the soldiers. That's when Jack finds that he is following the tasks on the list, as they realize they should. What ensues is a grim yet enlightening journey into the truth about war: it's not a game, and it's not about fame and glory. It's about tragedy and sorrow, and remembering that love and family are what's really important. It gets depressing for the two kids - even Annie's spirits eventually get crushed. But through a particular figure they meet, they learn that war doesn't always take away everyone we love. That some of our loved ones do come home and are able to focus on those things that are really important. And those things get reflected back into Jack and Annie in such a fantastic way. The Civil War, which was definitely one of our more meaningless wars, was the perfect way for Osborne to explore the reality of war for children that may have a muddled view of it like Jack did. And in my opinion, that is what easily makes Civil War on Sunday the best book in the original series. (hide spoiler)] For more children’s book reviews and other content, including my own work, check out the blog of an aspiring children’s book author at the Naimoli Children’s Books Blog!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Jack and Annie are taken back in time by the Magic Tree House, but this time they must find a list of things they must follow during the Civil War. At first, all Jack wants to do is leave and go home, but Annie decides that she wants to help the fallen soldiers, so she asks someone if they can help in any way. It turns out they can help pass out food and water. So, they begin to pass out the food and water while trying to stay positive and encourage the fallen soldiers. Then this lady rides into Jack and Annie are taken back in time by the Magic Tree House, but this time they must find a list of things they must follow during the Civil War. At first, all Jack wants to do is leave and go home, but Annie decides that she wants to help the fallen soldiers, so she asks someone if they can help in any way. It turns out they can help pass out food and water. So, they begin to pass out the food and water while trying to stay positive and encourage the fallen soldiers. Then this lady rides into the camp and they decide to help her, so they ride in the direction of the battle. Along the way, they collect a sick Confederate soldier and a sick drummer boy. They take care of the drummer boy and make him feel better. In the end, Jack and Annie find what they are looking for and go home. I love these books. They are eventful and fun to read. I loved how Annie was so willing to help the fallen soldiers and Jack was a little reluctant but came around in the end. I love the character development and growth shown here in the small bits of action. I also loved how Jacks notes were shown as though he were actually writing them and how the book he was reading from was in a different font to signal that it was no longer the book I was reading, but the book he was reading. I thought it really made it feel as though I were a book within a book. Overall, I loved the book every bit as much as I did when I was little. I could use this book during a Civil War unit to make the children more interested in the Civil War. I could ask someone to let me borrow a drum and I could bring a real drum when we get to the part with the drummer boy. ooh, and I could bring in some bandages when it gets the part where they help the wounded soldiers. I could also use this book to help teach notetaking. Throughout the book, Jack takes notes on the Civil War and I could show that Jack takes notes when he sees important information or something he finds interesting. I could point out that he takes when he really wants to remember something. Lastly, I could use this book to teach my students not to quit too early when things get rough. When Jack wants to quit he keeps going anyway. Not to mention, if they had given up when he originally wanted to then they never would have completed the list they needed for Camelot.

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