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Afternoon on the Amazon Magic Tree House Book #6 is by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House. Eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, travel to the Amazon River Valley. Their mode of travel is a magic tree house. The tree house is a gift from Morgan le Fay.
A spell is on Morgan le Fay. The children want to help their generous friend. So the children go to the Amazon Rain Forest to gather one of the four items needed to break the spell. A little mouse, Peanut, accompanies the children. Peanut travels in Annie’s front shirt pocket.
Jack and Annie’s magic tree house lands on the forest canapy. It is 150 ft above the forest floor. The children descend to the ground. The time travelers encounter huge trees with hanging vines. Groundcover hides creepy, crawly creatures. The children are brimming with questions about their new surroundings. Jack consults an Amazon River Valley book for facts.
Afternoon on the Amazon Magic Tree House Book #6 introduces children to the rain forests of the Amazon River Valley. The hot, moist climate is overwhelming to Jack and Annie. They encounter army ants, piranhas, crocodiles and jaguars. The early chapter book expands children’s knowledge of the South American rain forest.
Mary Pope Osborne uses Afternoon on the Amazon Magic Tree House Book #6 as an introduction to the lush, beautiful vegetation and creatures of the Amazon Rain Forest. There is a discussion of the destruction and needed conservation of the rain forest. Children learn humans are the destroyers of the rain forest. The vegetation and animals are at risk of becoming extinct.
The early chapter book flows smoothly. Jack and Annie encounter a new plant, animal or situation every three pages. This keeps children’s interest in the story from waning. Afternoon on the Amazon Magic Tree House Book #6 is on par with the other Magic Tree House books.
Jack and Annie find a mango in the Amazon Rain Forest. Take your child(ren) to the grocery store. Buy a mango. Take turns feeling and smelling the mango before cutting it. Compare the mango’s feel and touch to other fruit Discuss the similarities and differences. Cut and eat the mango. Now compare the mango’s taste to other fruit. Remind the child(ren) the juicy, tasty mangos grow in the Amazon Rain Forest. They will have a lifetime reminder of one item from the region.
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Note: Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne review copy is from the library.