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World at War, 1944 (Magic Tree House Super Edition #1) ~ Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

January 30, 2019

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Genre: Young Readers/Middle Grade/Historical Fiction

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780553508857

208pp

Source: Barnes and Noble

When I tried to describe what my boys and I were reading o my boyfriend, his reaction was “How in the world do you explain World Ware II and D-Day to kids?!”

And that’s part of what I love so much about The Magic Treehouse Series. The entire series is set around historical or scientific events and happenings. But it’s all explained through adventure and magic, so there is a pull for younger readers.

The pace of the story was perfect for The Smallest Reader and while The Bigger Reader (11) and I were rolling our eyes at some parts, it was a great one for The First Grader.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism about the book because it didn’t “dig in” to the holocaust or the real dangers of the war.

Listen: for a first grader, this was pretty decent, especially coming from someone who read Anne Frank, Number the Stars, and Night in elementary school.

Sure, it was light and not focused on the adventure aspect than the deeper stuff but there’s a fairly hefty section in the back that gives plenty of additional, real life service to the harder parts of the war.

Overall, I’m giving this one a thumbs up because, if nothing else, it got the conversation started around the heavier aspects of the war.

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