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Home-schoolers meet to discuss ‘Magic Tree House’ book series

Posted: April 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Members of the Magic Tree House Book Club pose for a photo at Richard H. Rioux park in Stevenson Ranch.

The Magic Tree House Book Club holds a monthly meeting for kids from ages 5-12 to discuss one of the books in the “Magic Tree House” series written by Mary Pope Osborne. The club meets at the Richard H. Rioux park in Stevenson Ranch. So far the group has discussed book one, “Dinosaurs Before Dark” and book two, “The Knight at Dawn.” This month’s book is book three, “Mummies in the Morning.”

Club meetings usually begin with the club leader Veronica Stanley-Hooper discussing the plot of the book with the children.

Then, the group completes a fun craft project or an activity that goes with the theme of the book. April’s activity is painting papier-mache sarcophagus masks to go with the book “Mummies in the Morning.”

When each meeting is over, many of the children play at the park.

“I started the group because I wanted our kids and their homeschool friends to develop a love of reading,” Stanley-Hooper said. “I really see the club meetings going in the direction of more group discussion among the children — more like an adult book club.”

Coda Hooper, a member of the group said, “My favorite part is the crafts.”

With close to 25 members in the group, it is clear to see that Veronica is reaching her goal because the children have smiles on their faces when the meeting ends.

Sydney Hooper is a local 10-year-old.


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