Authors: Mary Pope Osborne
Tags: #Ages 6 and up
Here’s what kids have to say to
Mary Pope Osborne, author of
the Magic Tree House series:
WOW! You have an imagination like no other.
I love your books. If you stop writing books, it will be like losing a best friend.
I think you are the real Morgan le Fay. There is always magic in your books.
One day I was really bored and I didn’t want to read … I looked in your book. I read a sentence, and it was interesting. So I read some more, until the book was done. It was so good I read more and more. Then I had read all of your books, and now I hope you write lots more.
I always read [your books] over and over … 1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 times …
You are my best author in the world. I love your books. I read all the time. I read everywhere. My mom is like freaking out.
I hope you make these books for all yours and mine’s life.
Teachers and librarians love
Magic Tree House
Thank you for opening faraway places and times to my class through your books. They have given me the chance to bring in additional books, materials, and videos to share with the class.
It excites me to see how involved [my fourth-grade reading class] is in your books … I would do anything to get my students more involved, and this has done it.
I discovered your books last year … WOW! Our students have gone crazy over them. I can’t order enough copies! … Thanks for contributing so much to children’s literature!
I first came across your Magic Tree House series when my son brought one home … I have since introduced this great series to my class. They have absolutely fallen in love with these books! … My students are now asking me for more independent reading time to read them. Your stories have inspired even my most struggling readers.
I love how I can go beyond the [Magic Tree House] books and use them as springboards for other learning.
We have enjoyed your books all year long. We check your Web site to find new information. We pull our map down to find the areas where the adventures take place. My class always chimes in at key parts of the story. It feels good to hear my students ask for a book and cheer when a new book comes out.
Our students have “Magic Tree House fever.” I can’t keep your books on the library shelf.
Your books truly invite children into the pleasure of reading. Thanks for such terrific work.
The children in the fourth grade even hide the [Magic Tree House] books in the library so that they will be able to find them when they are ready to check them out.
My Magic Tree House books are never on the bookshelf because they are always being read by my students. Thank you for creating such a wonderful series.
or many years, I have admired Japan’s literature and art. I collect books of Japanese poetry, and I also collect books of old Japanese prints that show people going about their everyday lives. Japanese art and poetry were my inspiration for writing this book, because I wanted to
in the scenes the artists and poets created. I wanted to ride on a fishing boat, sip tea in a teahouse, see cherry-blossom petals float down a river. When I’m writing a book, I feel as if I am living in another time and place. Working on this particular Magic Tree House adventure, I couldn’t wait to get to my writing desk every day … to visit the world of my dreams.
This is a work of fiction. All incidents and dialogue, and all characters with the exception of some well-known historical and public figures, are products of the author’s imagination and are not to be construed as real. Where real-life historical or public figures appear, the situations, incidents, and dialogues concerning those persons are fictional and are not intended to depict actual events or to change the fictional nature of the work. In all other respects, any resemblance to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.
Text copyright © 2007 by Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrations copyright © 2007 by Sal Murdocca
Temporary tattoo illustrations copyright © 2007 by Sal Murdocca
All rights reserved.
Published in the United States by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
Random House and colophon are registered trademarks and A Stepping Stone Book and colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc. Magic Tree House is a registered trademark of Mary Pope Osborne; used under license.
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The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition of this work as follows:
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Dragon of the red dawn / by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca.
p. cm. — (Magic tree house; #37)
“A Merlin mission.”
“A Stepping Stone book.”
Summary: When Merlin is weighed down by sorrows, Jack and Annie travel back to feudal Japan to learn one of the four secrets of happiness.
[1. Time travel—Fiction. 2. Magic—Fiction. 3. Happiness—Fiction.
4. Brothers and sisters—Fiction.
5. Japan—History—Tokugawa period, 1600-1868—Fiction.]
I. Murdocca, Sal, ill. II. Title.
PZ7.O81167Dr 2007 [Fic]—dc22 2006017188
For Griffin Loehr van Rhyn,
a good friend of Jack and Annie’s
Now I shall dream,
Lulled by the patter of rain
And the song of the frogs.
—poem from old Japan,
translated by Lafcadio Hearn