Treehouse adventure books
Bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne, known for her "Magic… (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel )
October 18, 2013|By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer
Mary Pope Osborne addressed more than 500 of her biggest fans — elementary schoolchildren — Friday as the Orlando Shakespeare Theater opened a new play based on her phenomenally popular "Magic Treehouse" books.
Osborne has written 52 books about pre-teen siblings Jack and Annie, who have extraordinary adventures throughout history before making it home to fictional Frog Creek, Penn., in time for dinner. According to publisher Random House, 120 million copies of the books have been sold in more than 100 countries.
"I love what theater does for the imagination, just as books do, " Osborne said after seeing the show, adapted by her husband, Will Osborne, and Murray Horwitz. "Programs like this balance what we love most — the theater component and the literacy component."
Like guests on a TV talk show, the children at two Friday performances of "A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Treehouse Adventure" didn't walk away empty-handed: They received backpacks and books in the series from JetBlue Airways. The airline's Soar With Reading literacy program will give 20, 000 books and backpacks to Orange County schools that receive federal Title I funds for educating poor students, said JetBlue general manager Jason Annunziata.
Likewise, Osborne's Gift of Books program has donated more than 28, 000 books to Orange schools. On Thursday, Osborne met with teachers to discuss her Classroom Adventures Program, which provides lesson plans and other resources for the books.
Teachers use the "Treehouse" series in the classroom, because they educate on everything from dinosaurs to William Shakespeare. "A Night in New Orleans, " which has performances through Nov. 23, introduces students to Louis Armstrong and jazz.
"I love bringing heroes to children they may not have heard of in this day and age, " Osborne said. "Now I feel like they will all know Louis Armstrong for the rest of their lives."
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They have taken the world by storm. They are somehow so popular. They are chapter books and a whole series. I read them to the kids a lot. We call them Jack and Annie books. Written by Mary Pope Osborne.
Good luck! I bet your kids will get addicted to them too.
They find a treehouse filled with books in the forest, and by opening books and pointing to pictures and wishing they could go there, they magically GO! And there is always some adventure they need to have and some puzzle they have to figure out, and it is a miniature history lesson as well.