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Dem Bones
ISBN: 9781452156477
Author: Barner, Bob
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Published: August 2016
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Colorful paper collages revive a classic African-American song, as frolicking skeletons sing along to the well-known spiritual, accompanied by interesting, informative "bone facts."
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Human skeleton; Juvenile literature.
Bones; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 611/.71
LCCN: bl2016027947
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 10.00" W
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Holiday/Seasonal, Picture Books, Reference, Science
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Bob Barner loves music (he owns seventeen guitars and four ukuleles) and had never broken a bone until he wrote this book. He's presented Dem Bones in Guam, India, Mexico, and South Korea, and has received bone art from many other places around the world. He lives in San Francisco.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997)
Lively paper collage illustrations of a skeleton jazz band and the lyrics to ""Dem Bones"" are accompanied by facts about each bone named in the song. A diagram at the back of the book provides more scientific terms for each bone, and a two-page gathering of all the skeletons with different bones highlighted gives readers an opportunity to review. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 September #3)
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; 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 highlighted in red on the skeleton, leaving no room for doubt. Splashed across a series of bright backdrops (Halloween colors predominate), Barner's (Benny's 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. (Oct.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1996 November)
Gr 2-4-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.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY