If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they're hooked on books! This is one series that kids, teachers, librarians, and parents all agree on. A perfect blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger, and cuteness - the topics range from kid pleasers (pirates, the Titanic, pandas) to curriculum perfect (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal shoe-ins (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving). Magic Tree House #49 features Jack and Annie heading back to ancient Greece and an adventure with Alexander the Great when he was a child and his famous stallion: Bucephalus.
©2013 Mary Pope Osborne (P)2013 Random House Audio
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
These are great audio books for younger kids. Even my 11 year old still loves them! Both my sons devoured these when they were younger, and frankly I enjoyed them as well. Very formulaic in a comforting way.
As always, the author does a great job melding educational information (here, Alexander the Great and Bucephalus) with an interesting story.
I've always thought the narration was the weakest part of these audios, and I often don't care for author/narrators. I know other parents find MPO's voice grating. I can tolerate it, and at the 50 book mark, I now can't imagine anyone else narrating them. Still, I would listen to a preview if you plan to listen with your child (though these are good ones for younger kids to listen to alone).
This is a series that I would unqualifiedly recommend for younger listeners.
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