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Eve of the Emperor Penguin (Magic Tree House #40)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,407 ratings  ·  98 reviews
JACK AND ANNIE continue their quest for the secrets of happiness—secrets they need to save Merlin. This time, the Magic Tree House takes them to the one continent they haven’t visited before: Antarctica! What can they hope to learn about happiness in such a barren place? Only the penguins know for sure . . . Jack and Annie are about to find out!

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Random House (first published 2008)
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
I love this! Penguins are so cute~ Especially Emperor Penguins! Jack and Annie traveled to Antarctica and brought a baby penguin named Penny to give to Merlin as one of the secrets of happiness.
My 6 yr old is becoming a voracious reader and his teacher recommended this series so I picked up a few from the library. My son loves it. Magic and fun and adventure rolled into a chapter book that's easy to read, yet challenging enough that he's not bored. Many of these are educational as well, focusing on a particular point in history such as a president's reign, or a location, like Ireland in this one, which goes really well with his geography and history lessons. He's loving it, and already ...more
Marco De La Rosa
This story is about when Jack and Annie go on another mission to help Merlin fell happy again because he won't eat, sleep, drink,or even talk. So Morgan Le Fay sends them on this mission to the antartic to go find something really special just for him.So as the magic tree house transported them to the cold lands, they wondered were are the animals or people? It was a quiet, windy,chilly,cold,frosty,snowy, icey and deep freezing. They really wondered what are they going to find all the way in the ...more
Here's our swan song to Winter (sniff, sniff). This one was particularly funny. The kids were cracking up over this one. And I learned a lot about Antarctica while I was reading this to the kids. I love that about this series. After we finish one of these and the kids go to bed, I always end up googling stuff I learned from the book :) This one brought on a long google search :) and p.s., I love penguins :)
What I like about the Emperor Penguin is that Jack and Annie found a baby orphan penguin. She was just born, and her parents got lost in the storm. Marilyn was sick and the little penguin wanted to help them. It was the 4th secret that they were going to give Marilyn. Marilyn got a note, and then another note, and then a seashell. Jack and Annie were both confused because they couldn't figure out what incident crown meant. And, it was kind of funny when Jack and Annie were pretending to be grown ...more
Same old same old. Mediocre plot and now (being that this is #40) very predictable. But my 6 yo enjoyed it, of course.
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Nathaniel Mckenzie
I liked it. Annie takes a lot of pictures, and all the pictures disappear when they come home and it's because she took them on a magic mission. They're at the top of a volcano and they go walking. They fall into a hole and they land on some ice. They start to move and the ice cracks so they hold very still. Then they pull out the wand of truth. Then the ice cracks and they fall and land on another piece of ice and it's moving but they don't know for a minute. Then they know and it's really funn ...more
My second attempt at Magic Tree House. And while it's way better than Night of the New Magicians (my 8-year-old was right about that), it's still horrid.

Why is it horrid? Because it's so patronizing. Seriously, if you're going to write a children's book, don't talk to those children like they're idiots. I have a hard time computing that more adults who read the series don't catch the condescending tone. Cause it ticks me off.

Example: Something significant happens with the main characters in chap
Jan 27, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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"It's no good sir! It's an ice planet!"

OK, that's only funny if you're a Stargate fan (and maybe not even then).

Jack and Annie are in Antarctica. Why? They need to cheer-up Merlin! And what better to cheer a guy up with but a baby penguin named Penny? (yes there are 3 other secrets of happiness gathered in earlier books and you can be happy caring for anyone/thing, not just a fuzzy little penguin who says "Peep!")

This book was particularly fun for the Daddy-voices. Aside from a cast of internati
The boys really enjoyed this, and I do believe it's the first Magic Treehouse I've finished~ :) Simon is the first of the kids to really enjoy them (although Natt seemed to be having a fine time during this one) I think we found a new series to work with!

I love that she puts facts in the end about the places Jack and Annie go as well as what they were learning about. It was fun to travel to Antarctica for a few days, and learn about the volcano that errupts every day!

These were nice, fun, quic
There was a orphan penguin named Penny. Penny was very small. They brought penny to Merlin.
Sydney Beu
Jack and Annie to Antarctica. They helped penguins by shooing away the birds that were knocking down the penguins. There were people there who asked them if they wanted to go on a trip to a volcano. They rode a helicopter there and then were dropped of at a place to wait for their parents but the ice they were stading on broke off into an iceberg. They floated to the emperor penguin who gave them a baby penguin who had no parents and Jack and Annie took the penguin back with them to Merlin the l ...more
Caleb Mckenzie
I Liked eve of the emperor penguin
this is a really good book
The Magic Tree House books are a MUST READ collection for all children. Unlike many other series for young readers, the Magic Tree House should be read in chronological order to best appreciate Jack and Annie's travels through time as they go on various missions; which are typically completed in four parts. Parents and educators will enjoy going along for the ride as much as their students! My daughter is a teenager now but she still gets excited when she sees a new tree house adventure has come ...more
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Yuka Honda
Title-Eve of the Emperor Penguin
Discussion quetions-
1. they search for the secret of hapiness.What is hapiness for you?
I think hapiness is to make my precious family and friends happy.
2. If you met many penguins in Antarctica,what do you want to do?
I want to walk with many penguin slowly.

It's little difficult for me to read the book, because it's little long story, so I'm confused.
★★★★ Eve of the Emperor Penguin (Magic Tree House Series book 40) by Mary Pope Osborne
Yet, another good book in the Magic Tree House series. This one is a Merlin Mission.
Jack and Annie’s objective is to find the fourth and final piece to the puzzle. Without the fourth piece, Merlin will forever be lost. This magical adventure takes them to Antarctica. But trouble awaits, when they run into a group of scientists and explores. As always Jack and Annie, come up with a plan, and this one is a funny
Yuka Honda
-Title:Eve of the Emperoe Penguin
-7word summary:Jack-Annie-Penguin-cold-happiness-search-Antarctica
-Discussion questions:
1.They search for the secret of hapiness. What is hapiness for you?
I think hapiness is to make my precious family and friend happy.
2.If you met many penguins in Artarctica,what do you want to do?
I want to walk with many penguin slowly.

It's little difficult for me to read the book, because it's little long story, so I confused.
This book is about a girl and boy named Annie and Jack. The Magic Tree House is a tree house in the tallest tree which is an oak tree. They go to Antarctica and a place called Camelot. It is November first (dads B-day), or the eighteenth (moms B-day). They are on a mission to find four things and bring them to Merlin (a wizard) who is sick. They travel in the magic tree house. The only reason I read this book is because I read all the Junie B. Jones books.
As you can see we aren't reading this series in any sort of order, but I gather it doesn't make much difference? The kids went a little crazy discovering a whole shelf of them at the library so I made them narrow it down to several for this checkout period. :) Malachi (6) read quite a lot of this one himself, making me very proud for uttering the words, "I just can't wait any more, I have to read ahead to find out what happens!" for the first time, and proceeding to do just that. :)
The children go to Antartica to look for the final thing that will bring happiness to Merlin. They rescue a baby penguin from a bird and they go on a tour to the volcano and then they are discovered to be children. They go out and fall into a crevice where they meet the king of all emperor penguins who says they are welcome to stay with the penguins forever because of their kindness. They are given a baby penguin chick (Penny).
I liked the part where they got the Baby Penguin and gave it to Merlin to make him feel better and the other 4 things they got from their other trips. I liked they were sharing and making others happy.
I just started reading this book, I got it when it just came out but I just started reading it now that I just got the newer one. I have read every one of the 41 books in the Magic Tree House series except for the 41st book I just got called "Moonlight on the Magic Flute."
P.S: In the back of each new book it says the book coming next in the series,the book coming out in July 2009 is called "A Good Night For Ghosts"
This book was much like many of the other Magic Tree House books, full of magic and excitement. Jack and Annie are both fun characters for children to read about. The mix of real fact and magic is fun in each book. The extra facts at the end are great. Though my younger child isn't interested in reading the extra facts, my older child enjoys them. A great read for children, and a great series.
Mary Lee
Jack and Annie find the 4th secret of happiness for Merlin:
1. A poem from Basho -- pay attention to the small things in nature
2. An angel drawn by Da Vinci -- be curious and every day learn something new
3. A shell -- have compassion for all living things great and small
4. An orphaned penguin -- take care of another rather than always thinking of yourself

Wisdom in an easy reader.
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Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.
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