Sunday, May 8, 2011

High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Series #28)


Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Catch the wave!

That's what Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to a Hawaiian island of long ago. They learn how to surf and have a great time—until strange things start happening. Jack and Annie soon discover the cause: A title wave is headed their way! Can they help save their new friends in time?

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My thoughts:
I love this series.  I discovered it years ago when I as teaching second grade and used the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, for part of our dinosaur unit.  Since then I have read the books to many classes and shared a good part of the series with my own children.  Two years ago Wendy's was giving four of the audio books as their kid's meal treat and we received two of them.  Those were the two books that started us on audio books in the car and on the series.  This book is one of the ones that we got from Wendy's.  Since we had listened to all of our library books we ended up throwing this one in to listen to again the other day.

Jack and Annie are in the middle of looking for specific things for Morgan by going on missions.  This time they are sent to old Hawaii to build a special kind of ship.  They make friends with two children, try new food, hula dance and surf.  While they are there a tsunami happens and they are able to warn their friends and get high enough that everyone is fine.  The book contains some historical facts about how Hawaii came to be.

These books are great for beginning readers and children just getting used to chapter books.  They are on the short side and each chapter is a manageable length.  They include enough details to keep children engaged and interested without overwhelming them with too many facts and the characters are very likable and seem real.

Part of me wants to start listening to the series all over again this summer just because even I had fun with the books the other times we've read them.
Product Details

Pub. Date: March 2003
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback , 73pp
Series: Magic Tree House Series , #28
ISBN-13: 9780375806162
ISBN: 0375806164


  1. I love the picture u have on ur blog header...I think its the CUTEST EVER blog header I have seen!:)


  2. I miss reading this series. My kids started reading them when they first came out, but my oldest is now in college and the younger not too far behind. It's a great series for kids. I remember going to the bookstore the day a new installment was being released so they could read it immediately.