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Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,592 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
Jack and Annie are off on another adventure! This time they are sent to
ancient Greece, where a very important event is taking place. Join them as they
race against time and witness the very first Olympic games!
Paperback, 74 pages
Published October 20th 1998 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1998)
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Scott Middleton
Mar 07, 2016 Scott Middleton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-grade-2016
Dear Nonfiction Favorites,

Do you like history and real facts with fiction characters? Yes! Good, let's look at information about this! Come on! To the journey!

Some facts Jack and Annie have written in the notebook are "Olympia - first Olympics takes place. 2. The Greeks were the first to write plays. Many English words for the theater come from Greek, such as 'drama, scenery, and chorus.' Many Greek plays are still performed today. 3. A few actors would play many different parts in the same play
Ashley Li
Jan 29, 2016 Ashley Li rated it really liked it
Magic Tree House Hour Of The Olympics Review


This book taught me a lot of knowledge about ancient Greece. For example, it taught me about Plato and Zeus, and girls weren’t allowed to go to the Olympic Games. Girls weren’t allowed because men were much stronger than women. It makes sense to me, because in ancient China we had the same problem. Also this book taught me something about the star myths. For example Pegasus is one of the constellations, and Pegasus also means “spring.”
Maya Orama
Tittle: hour of the Olympics
Author: Mary pope Osborn
Who : jack and Annie going to the Olympics.
What go to the magic tree house .
Where: they go in the magic tree house to go to the Olympics .
When: they went at night time .
How : they went in the tree house and travel to the Olympics.
The Olympics is located in Greece

Summary: This story is about a boy and girl nam jack and a girl name Annie . At night in frog creek Pennsylvania, Jack was in his bed. he then went out of bed and woke up his siste
Erina Komaki
Sep 30, 2012 Erina Komaki rated it it was amazing
-7-word summary:Olympia-Plato-poet-women-unfair-Pegasus-stars
-Discussion questions:
1.This story was related to Olympics. Did you watch the London Olympic games in this summer?
Yes,I did. I really enjoyed watching them. Especially, I was moved when Mr.Uchimura got a gold medal.
2.Accordiing to this story, women were not consigered citizens. What do you think about it?
I thought it was a bad thing. Everyone has rights. Whether you are men o
Logan Williams
I thought this book did a great job describing what ancient Greece was like. Mary Pope Osborne did a great job intertwining different known figures of this time. One serious issue that the author brought up was sexism and women's roles at this time. The main characters met the philosopher, Plato, who provided them a fantastic tour of Greece. He introduced the the children to anonymous, who was one of multiple women who would write great works, but did not get the recognition they deserved becaus ...more
Apr 02, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting entry in the Magic Tree House series. It's a bit anticlimactic as Jack and Annie visit Ancient Greece to save a story, the fourth in their quest. It's not as suspenseful as some of the other recent books, but it's full of history and interesting facts about those times. One of the biggest themes is how unfairly women were treated; they weren't considered citizens and couldn't vote, couldn't attend the Olympic Games or theaters, and they weren't even allowed to go to school ...more
We used this during our study of ancient Greece. It didn't add a whole lot we didn't already know but the kids enjoyed it.

My generic review for the Magic Tree House books -

We've loved them all so far. They are fun, easy to read and contain quite a bit of historical information. We use them as read-alouds, but most elementary/middle school kids could read them on their own.

It does have a touch of 'girl power' at the expense of making the brother seem a little dumb. That kinda bugs. But it's not
Apr 18, 2012 luhvBOOKS rated it liked it
Title: Hour of the Olympics

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Series: Magic Tree House #16

Rating: ★★★

Summary: No girls allowed at the Olympic Games! That's the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells Jack to go to the games without her, he knows she's up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself — and Jack — into Olympic-size trouble? Find out in Hour of the Olympics.

Review: Riding in chariots and watching the ga
Nov 01, 2012 kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
The 4th misssion for Morgan sends Jack and Annie to Greece to save the ancient story of Pegasus. I thought it was great that Mary Pope Osborne included historical facts and people. Jack and Annie were outraged that girls weren't permitted to take part in school or olympic activities as I'm sure all kids these days would be. Fantastic series continues!
Jul 22, 2010 Makani rated it did not like it
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Carey Suter
Aug 06, 2014 Carey Suter rated it liked it
This is a good book for children to learn history from. This story takes place in Ancient Greece during the first Olympic games and has many facts about that time period.
May 06, 2015 Jana rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
Another fun Magic Tree House book; this one takes us to Ancient Greece to meet Plato, see the Olympics and ride a chariot pulled by Pegasus.
Ashley Barrett
Jun 22, 2015 Ashley Barrett rated it it was amazing
I love this series for my 3rd graders. Such an authentic look at the wonderful advancements and old-fashioned ideas in Ancient Greece!
Aug 29, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
This book another great story in the Magic Tree House pantheon. All the usual action PLUS Pegasus.
Jun 29, 2015 Brenna rated it really liked it
It was very good
Selina Bloomfield
Aug 10, 2016 Selina Bloomfield rated it really liked it
Had fun reading this with my kids and leaning a little bit about the olympics.
Jan 27, 2017 Micah rated it it was amazing
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Feb 11, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I recently started reading chapter books to first and second graders as a part of the after-school program I work for. The most requested books were The Magic Tree House and I went with this book since the program already owned it. It took almost a week to get through this book with the kids because the first 2/3 of this book just didn't hold their attention. It was very slow paced and only got truly exciting in the last ten pages or so.
Melissa Namba
Nov 29, 2016 Melissa Namba rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, coplin
my favorite one so far! why? it goes into the role of women in ancient Greece! I wish it would go over that Olympia wasn't the only place that held games. a great supplement at the back with additional information.
Lilly Lawiet
Mar 18, 2017 Lilly Lawiet rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I only wish that women back in Greece could do all the stuff men could..
Feb 23, 2017 Emma rated it it was amazing
The Greeks were the first to write plays. Many English words for the theater come from Greek words, such as drama, scenery, and chorus. Many Greek plays are still performed today.
Mar 15, 2017 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
I like the added twist of some astronomy lessons that this one had at the end.
Feb 10, 2017 Nicole rated it liked it
My next library book discussion book.
Annie was incredibly stupid in this one.
Taylor Jessen
Brief review: This book is a children's historical fiction story. It is a very fun story, and a quick read with lots of fun information. There is a few subplots that continue throughout the entire Magic Tree House series that I did not know about. This book is number 16 in the series, but the prologue and the information given through out the story make it easy to catch on, probably even for some elementary students. I think kids will enjoy the list of facts through out the book and at the end t ...more
Isabel Orama
Feb 21, 2013 Isabel Orama rated it it was amazing
This book is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. This book is now talking about Jack and Annie have an adventure to go to Pompeii. Morgan gave them a scroll to find a ancient story to complete their mission . When they wished to go to Pompeii they remembered that it looked like their last mission when there was an earthquake. When they came down the ladder they only saw men and boys but there was no girls or women. Jack searched why in the research book. It told them that those men ...more
Another enjoyable read from Mary Pope Osborne. :) I loved this series as a child and it's been great fun rereading it as an adult. :) this has been a big year for rereads. Sadly,vi don't have all 55 volumes. :( but I do have most the series. Certainly enough to put a sizable dent in my reading challenge. :D

Today's adventure takes our courageous young master librarians to Ancient Greece where they encounter Plato, a secret poet, and a very famous horse.

It's a fun & informative story, teachi
Sarah Sammis
Nov 06, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
Hour of the Olympics is the sixteenth Magic Tree House book and the final of the lost stories arc. In this one Jack and Annie travel back in time to Greece to watch the Olympic games. Annie ends up in danger because women and girls weren't allowed to the games.

In school I read about a half dozen books on the ancient Olympics. Every four years when the Olympics were being played the history of the games were assigned reading. I can't remember a single one covering the banning of women from watchi
Madison Lakey
May 02, 2015 Madison Lakey added it
Shelves: t-l-307
Jack and Annie travel to Ancient Greece to the city of Olympia. They are sent by Morgan, the "owner of the tree house" to retrieve a specific scroll. While in Olympia, they meet an elder gentleman named Plato, a famous philosopher. He informs them that the Olympics are going on, but Annie can't attend it because she is a girl, and girls are not allowed. He also introduces them to a mysterious woman who has written a poem. Annie asks her why she has signed her name as Anonymous. The woman informs ...more
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