Parents' Guide to

Magic Tree House

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Reading site has quizzes, games, plugs to buy book series.

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This official site of the book series provides some interesting elements: fairly impressive graphics, narration, and a number of other helpful, engaging items. Magic Tree House's rewards and the passport stamps kids get for completing activities also can help encourage them to read and to focus on comprehending what they're reading. But reading the full Magic Tree House series -- or, at least, the many on-site excerpts -- before accessing all the site's activities seems like it would greatly improve the experience. Kids can often try twice to answer book-related quiz questions, which can help with learning, but many of their responses may be complete guesses.

Some parents may be uncomfortable with the not-always-subtle promotional push for the book series; the games seem to center on their content, and "buy" buttons accompany each book portion featured on the site. But the site offers some solid educational value, including puzzles that will help sharpen kids' critical-thinking skills and increase their exposure to historical and geographical topics -- which may, for some families, outweigh the pressure kids might feel to buy the entire series of books.

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