Dem Bones by Bob Barner


Dem Bones by Bob Barner

Sing along with a colourful skeleton band in this exuberant rendition of a traditional most-loved African-American spiritual, passed down by word of mouth for generations. Today, it's usually sung by children as a way to learn anatomy, rhyme and language. With its vibrant paper collage illustrations and rollicking read-aloud verse, this perfect introduction to the human body makes a wonderful addition to both home and classroom libraries and is a fun treat for Halloween!



October 1996 This cast of frolicking skeletons is sure to tickle any kid's funny bone. Plus, readers will learn some anatomical facts, like how many bones we're born with (450). -- CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW SERVICE,

November 1996 Descriptions of skeletal structures are interspersed with the words of the traditional African American spiritual Dem Bones. Leg bones, ankle bones, and neck bones are described in medical terminology and their structures are explained in simple terms for young readers. Subtle humor is helpful in explaining some of the concepts ( The skull is like a box that grows. ). The colorful paper collage illustrations add humor and feature dancing, smiling skeletons playing instruments in accompaniment to the lyrics. This could be enjoyed as a picture book, using just the lyrics, but it works just as well as easy nonfiction. -- FAMILY LIFE,

About the Author

Bob Barner was born in Arkansas, grew up in the Midwest and now lives in San Francisco. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to creating art, Bob enjoys teaching and visits many schools and libraries to talk about his work. He also loves music (he owns seventeen guitars and four ukuleles!) and had never broken a bone until he wrote this book. This book helped Bob meet a lot of new friends and go places he never thought he would go. He's presented the book, art, and music for the book in Guam, India, Mexico, and South Korea, and has received bone art from many other places around the world. To learn more about Bob, please visit

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32 pages


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Publication date

2nd August 2016



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