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"For the Peter Pan in all of us.." - by Bshops2much! (Los Angeles)
Well... mostly men, but still.
An amazing collection of tree houses!
Plenty of great photos.
A great convo piece on the coffee table.
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Most of my female friends aren't nearly as impressed as the dudes.
"Pretty good books, look for a discount." - by Danielle V. (TX)
Good books, but they were thinner than I expected and they went half off right after I bought them... should have left them in my wishlist and looked for discounts... oh well. Good books that my children enjoy. Overpriced for the size in my opinion, unless you find them discounted or used.
"Exciting, Educational, and Easy to read aloud to kids" - by BabyWrangler (FL, USA)
I learned about this series when my 5 year old son picked up a set at Costco and another mom walked over to recommend them. I bought the set at Costco and we enjoyed it so much I quickly ordered this set from Amazon. The books are exciting, with interesting illustrations, and have been a great introduction to chapter books for our family. My kids get so into the story, I've been able to start and finish each book in one sitting (my kids aren't reading chapter books themselves yet). It takes about 30 minutes for me to read through the story out loud, stopping to peruse the pictures. These stories stick with the kids. For example, we reenacted the dinosaur scenes in our yard, with each of us playing a different part. I also took the opportunity to point out a magnolia tree in our neighborhood to them, after ... full review
"Our 3 Year Old Loves These Books" - by Nell
We started trying to get our 3 year old to sit longer before bedtime to read books (to help calm him down) and grabbed the Ice Wizard book first. Our son loved it so much that we have since purchased a number more.

Our son will soon be 4 and we are pleased that this will be among his birthday presents. These books are fun for kids, and introduce them to concepts that they might not know of. (Especially since we don't watch a lot of tv).

There are few illustrations however the story keeps kids interested. We can't wait until our son can read these on his own.
"Cute" - by Holt
My 5 year old picked out the 5th book at a used book store for me to read to her. I knew it was a series, but I didn't realize the books are not stand alone. Argh! Imagine my surprise when we get to the end of the book only to find out we needed more to complete the story! Lesson learned. I will only be buying MTH books in sets from now on.

I've read people complaining about the literary content. Come on! It's meant to be the first step in chapter books. You're not going to find spectacular literary merit.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is I wish they would go in and edit their educational facts when they reprint. It's a fictional, magic based book that supposedly has tid bits of fact thrown in. Problem is some of their facts are outdated so the historical ... full review
"A wonderful book for all to appreciate houses that are "art" in the trees in harmony with nature !" - by Jane Labie
Beautiful Art in the Trees ! Not only is the photography in this book extraordinary, but his descriptions of the construction techniques are thorough and articulate. This is not JUST a "coffee table" book, but a great read. Pete Nelson is a true "artist". His love and knowledge of the trees comes through in every page. A person does not have to love treehouses to appreciate this wonderful book that demonstrates how we can live in harmony with nature. I hope his work continues for many years to come !!!!! I've become a genuine fan. Pete Nelson, I thank you for sharing your work with all of us!
"For the Peter Pan in all of us.." - by Bshops2much! (Los Angeles)
Well... mostly men, but still.
An amazing collection of tree houses!
Plenty of great photos.
A great convo piece on the coffee table.
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Most of my female friends aren't nearly as impressed as the dudes.
"I haven't run into a child yet who didn't like these books" - by M.R. (South Florida)
My daughter absolutely loves the Magic Tree House series. The books are written for elementary students with definitive chapters that serve as stopping and starting points for them, but each book carries over from one to the next like a television series. Yes, you could skip around, but the books are so much more fluid if you read them in groupings so all of the mysteries can be solved with the clues. There aren't enough wonderful things to be said about these books.
"Five Stars" - by Amazon Customer
Amazing books!! My seven-year-old can't put them down! <3
"Basic and Excellent" - by bard (Texas)
My kids and I had a blast building our tree house. It's a memory we'll hang onto forever. And I'm guessing the tree house will last nearly as long as the memories!

Relying heavily upon this book, we designed and built an extremely sturdy and FUN tree house. The basic drawings, pictures, and instructions in the book provided this amateur with the necessary guidance to erect something that was not only FUNctional, but also safe enough for my kids to play on! ;-)

If you're looking to build a tree house, and you're not a master carpenter, I recommend this book!
"This is a great series for kids that teaches so many facts about ..." - by Terry Trucano (South Dakota)
Have been reading this series with my granddaughter for years and now she is reading the higher number ones on her own. This is a great series for kids that teaches so many facts about the world, geography, and history.
"Good Beginner Chapter Books" - by Elaine J. (North Carolina)
I started purchasing these books when my son was 4, and he's really enjoying them. The stories are entertaining and easy to follow. However, like many others have said the writing is definitely lacking. Unfortunately my son can read, so I can't easily cover up the grammatical errors and continuous use of the same words or phrases. Maybe it's just me but it drives me crazy that she keeps writing, "he started up the ladder", "she started down the ladder", "they started up the hill", "they started out the door". Please, can you switch it up now and then? Maybe you could try, "he climbed up the ladder", "she hurried up the ladder", "they walked up the hill". Another example is "he whispered" or "she whispered". It seems than no matter where they are or what they're doing it requires them to whisper. Why? ... full review
"might just blow your mind" - by Steve in Maine (Maine)
This is the third book from Peter Nelson of Treehouse Workshop. His previous two delved in depth into treehouse construction. This work is more a survey of the many wonderful treehouses to be found throughout the world. It is crammed with quality color photographs and, unlike a previously reviewed work, has a unifying narrative throughout.

Peter starts you off with a very useful section entitled "Choice of Tree". There he briefly touches upon suitability of various tree species to treehouse construction and provides a mini sketch of each tree species with a treehouse. Immediately after comes some very accurate arboriculture advice from Jonathan Fairoaks. It's nice to find a treehouse book that gets this part right for a change.

For me, the real value of this book is in the tour it takes you on of many notable treehouse. I bring this book to meetings with clients so they can see the ... full review
"Exciting, Educational, and Easy to read aloud to kids" - by BabyWrangler (FL, USA)
I learned about this series when my 5 year old son picked up a set at Costco and another mom walked over to recommend them. I bought the set at Costco and we enjoyed it so much I quickly ordered this set from Amazon. The books are exciting, with interesting illustrations, and have been a great introduction to chapter books for our family. My kids get so into the story, I've been able to start and finish each book in one sitting (my kids aren't reading chapter books themselves yet). It takes about 30 minutes for me to read through the story out loud, stopping to peruse the pictures. These stories stick with the kids. For example, we reenacted the dinosaur scenes in our yard, with each of us playing a different part. I also took the opportunity to point out a magnolia tree in our neighborhood to them, after ... full review
"Great books for riding in the car" - by bobalego
We bought these so that our daughter could listen to books in the car rather than watching movies on long trips. These stories are fun for the whole family. The only thing my husband and I don't like is actually the voice of the author. I feel really bad saying it but she just tries a little too hard. Other than that these are great books and you get a whole 8 stories! I would say that the age range for these is probably 3 to 9 years.