Dem Bones by Bob Barner, Bob Barner
  

Dem Bones

Written by Bob Barner, Bob Barner
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Synopsis

Dem Bones by Bob Barner, 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!

Reviews

-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY,

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,

text blocks set into the illustrations give related facts. For the lyric Leg bone connected to da knee bone, for example, readers learn that the knee joint works like a hinge, enabling one to kick, jump, squat, and dance. The particular bone in question is always high-lighted in red on the skeleton, leaving no room for doubt. Splashed across a series of bright backdrops (Halloween colors predominate), Barner's (Bennys Pennies) cut and torn-paper collages are geared for tickling the funny bones of the early elementary set. Just about the only thing lacking here is the musical notation for a sing-along. No bones about it, this will be a real boost for those looking to inject a little humor and fun into basic facts about the human body. Ages 2-8. -- CHILD,

October 1996 Barner uses the African-American song Dem Bones to take children on an insightful journey through the human body. Children will be able to sing along to the familiar tune (and perhaps even act it out). A perfect real-aloud for its use of the song and because of the large, vivid collage illustrations.-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL,

November 1996 You remember the old spiritual, the one that goes something like, The toe bone's connected to the foot bone, Foot bone's connected to the ankebone.... Barner has connected the song to his exuberant pictures of music-playing skeletons and fun information about human anatomy. The result is a book that entertains and educates this age group and gets them tapping their toe bones, too. Bravo. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review, September 16, 1996 Using a classic African American spiritual as a springboard, Barner dives gleefully into this clever anatomy lesson. Enthusiastic members of a skeleton band cavort across the pages, strumming guitars, blowing hoRNs and otherwise helping to establish a spirited tone while imparting bits of relevant information. Each line from the song is given its own spread

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 www.bobbarner.com.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 5 to 8 years

Author

Bob Barner, Bob Barner
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Publisher

Chronicle Books

Publication date

18th July 2016

ISBN

9781452156477


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