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A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House, Book 44) by Mary Pope Osborne

By Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie are prepared for his or her subsequent myth experience within the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Jack and Annie’s undertaking from Merlin the Magician? to aid the well-known author Charles Dickens! In a paranormal whirl, the brother and sister are whisked again in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London.

There, Jack and Annie realize that Charles Dickens has every little thing he may be able to wish. How can they assist him? it isn't until eventually Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in penitentiary that they observe his mystery earlier and the sorrowful stories that hang-out him. they're going to desire all their magic—and support from 3 ghosts—to maintain the good author from ruining his life!

Mary Pope Osborne mixes magic, humor, background, a bit spookiness, and many center to create this story, which celebrates the thrill of writing—something she is aware much approximately, because of thousands of readers all around the world!

This is definitely the right publication for girls and boys approximately to work out the vintage play A Christmas Carol.

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When a dart strikes a monkey or a jaguar, the hunter follows the animal and waits for it to collapse and die. Rain forest hunters have many ways to remove the poison from the frogs. One way is to roast them on sticks over a hot fire. The hunters collect the poison that drips out of the frogs’ skin and rub it on their darts. One frog supplies enough poison for 50 darts. How did ancient Romans use the poison from toads? For murder! Two thousand years ago, Romans used the poison from toads to kill their enemies.

The monarch butterfly is a good example of a poisonous butterfly. It eats milkweed, a plant containing a poison that makes some animals sick. Birds that try to eat the monarch butterfly taste the poison. Ugh! They spit it out in a hurry and usually learn to leave the butterfly alone. Birds also stay away from the viceroy butterfly. The viceroy is not poisonous. But it is a monarch look-alike. That’s enough to send birds looking for something else to eat. How does the garden tiger moth fight off its enemies?

Are any birds poisonous? Until 1991 no one thought so. Then a scientist handled the pitohui bird of New Guinea. His hands burned and grew numb. The news startled everyone. The pitohui bird was the first poisonous bird known to humans. Its poison is much like that of the poison arrow frog. Oddly enough, the frog and bird also look somewhat alike with their orange and black colors. Do any poisonous creatures prey on humans? No. Humans are not the main target of any poisonous creature in the world.

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