Stage Fright on a Summer Night
this book are:
âIâll note you in my book of memory.ââfrom
Henry the Sixth
âAll the worldâs a stage.ââfrom
As You Like It
âGood night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow.ââfrom
Romeo and Juliet
âThy lifeâs a miracle.ââfrom
âI have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was.ââfrom
A Midsummer Nightâs Dream
It is believed that William Shakespeare invented over 2,000 words and expressions, many of which we still use. Some of Shakespeareâs words in this story are:
for goodnessâ sakes
swift as a shadow
Hereâs a special preview of
Magic Tree House #26:
Good Morning, Gorillas
Excerpt copyright Â© 2002 by Mary Pope Osborne.
Published by Random House Childrenâs Books,
a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
Jack sat up in bed. Rain tapped against his window. His clock said 5 A.M. It was still dark outside.
Annie peeked into his room.
âAre you awake?â she whispered.
âYep,â said Jack.
âReady to find some special magic?â she asked.
âMaybe we should wait,â said Jack. âItâs so dark and rainy.â
waiting,â said Annie. âIâll get an umbrella. You bring a flashlight. Meet you downstairs.â
âOkay, okay,â said Jack.
He jumped out of bed. He pulled on his clothes and put on a jacket. Then he grabbed his backpack and flashlight.
Jack slipped downstairs and out the front door. Annie stood on the porch in jeans and a T-shirt. The air was chilly and breezy.
âDonât you need a sweater or something?â said Jack.
âIâm okay,â she said. âLetâs go.â
Annie raised the umbrella. Jack turned on the flashlight. They followed a circle of rainy light down their street into the woods.
They headed through the Frog Creek woods. The flashlight lit up the treesâthe wet leaves and dark branches. Then it shined on a dangling rope ladder.
Jack raised the flashlight beam.
âThere it is,â he said.
A circle of light lit the magic tree house.
âMorganâs not there,â said Annie. âI can tell.â
âMaybe she left us a message,â said Jack.
Jack grabbed the rope ladder and started up. Annie put the umbrella down and followed. When they climbed inside, Jack shined the flashlight around the tree house.
Morgan le Fay wasnât there. But the scrolls from their trip to old England were.
âHereâs proof we found a special magic yesterday,â she said.
âYeah,â said Jack, smiling. â
magic.â He had great memories of acting in a play by their friend William Shakespeare.
âDid Morgan leave us a new secret rhyme?â asked Jack.
He shined the flashlight on a book lying under the window. A piece of paper was sticking out of the book.
âYes!â said Annie. She picked up the book and pulled out the paper.
Jack shined his light on the paper while Annie read aloud:
Dear Annie and Jack,
Good luck on your second journey to find a special magic. This secret rhyme will guide you:
To find a special kind of magic
in worlds so far apart,
speak a special language,
talk with your hands and heart.
Â Â Â Â Â Â
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âWhat kind of language does she mean?â Jack asked.
âI guess weâll find out,â said Annie. âWhere are we going?â
Jack shined the flashlight on the cover of the book. It showed huge trees partly hidden by mist. The title was:
AN AFRICAN RAIN FOREST
forest?â said Jack. âGood thing we brought our umbrella and flashlight. Remember the rain in the
rain forest? Remember how dark it was under the treetops?â
âYeah,â said Annie. âRemember the spiders and scary ants?â
âWellÂ â¦Â ,â Jack said, ânot all rain forests have the same bugs.â
âRemember the river snakes?â said Annie. âAnd the crocodiles?â
âWellÂ â¦Â ,â said Jack, ânot all rain forests have big rivers. There are different kinds of rain forests, you know.â
âRight,â said Annie.
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