Caramel has already reviewed two Magic Tree House books for the book bunnies blog: Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House #5) and Knights and Castles (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #2). Today he shares with us his thoughts on Book #6: Afternoon on the Amazon. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So what do you want to tell us about this book Caramel?
Caramel: In all the books in this series, Jack and Annie travel around the world with a magical tree house. This time we go to the Amazon with them. The Amazon is a big river in South America. It is longer than 100 miles!
S: Wikipedia says it is over 4000 miles! And it is the second longest river in the world (after the Nile in Africa).
C: Yes, that is right. The book says so too. I forgot.
S: The Amazon river is also, according to Wikipedia., “the largest river by discharge volume of water”. So what are Jack and Annie doing near the Amazon?
C: Just like in The Night of the Ninjas, they are trying to help their friend Morgan Le Fay.
S: In many of the other books, they meet people or animals in the places they go to. What happens here?
C: They find themselves on a tree in the rain forest. There are millions of army ants, a jaguar, a monkey, some vampire bats, and all sorts of animals. They also get on a canoe and travel in the river.
S: Do they find what they are looking for?
C: Yes! It turns out it is a mango! And then they go back home.
S: So did you learn anything new reading this book?
C: Yes. I learned about army ants and what they sound like:
“When animals hear a crackling sound, they flee in panic. The sound means that 30 million flesh eating army ants are marching through the dead leaves.”
S: So now you know that if you hear such a sound when you are in the rain forest, you might want to watch out!
C: They’re flesh-eating! That’s scary!
S: But the rain forest sounds fascinating, right?
C: Yes, so I am going to read the fact checker book on rain forests next.
S: I know you liked the fact checker book you read before. Maybe you can review the next one here, too.
C: Yep. I most likely will.
S: And we still don’t know what is wrong with Morgan, right?
C: No we don’t. Maybe she got transformed into the mouse, Peanut.
S: That would be interesting!
C: Yes, then their friend would be with them all along. Hmm…
S: Hmm, I guess that means you will need to read the next couple books as well.
C: Yes… But for now, stay tuned for more book bunnies reviews!
9 thoughts on “Caramel reviews Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House #6) by Mary Pope Osborne”
Army ants are scary! Even though one by itself is harmless, millions of them working together are dangerous.
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When I was a little boy I saw a movie titled “The Naked Jungle”, with Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. It told the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation. It was a great movie, but watching those army ants getting around the defenses set around the plantation, was really scary. If I recall, the Brazilian indians called them “marabuntas”. Perhaps the movie is available on netflix?
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