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Dem Bones by Bob Barner

Dem Bones

by Bob Barner

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"Sing along with a colorful 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!" If you sing this book, the students get hooked a once.
  KimHoffmann | Jul 14, 2017 |
I believe it is important to teach students in a way that is exciting and this story does just that. I love this book because it joins two genres to inform students about the different bones in their body. Instead of being very lengthy like a text book, this informational book highlights certain skeletons bones and shows students the importance and significance of each. It relates how each bone maybe connected to an ction in real life, such as the author writing,"The knee joint works like a hinge on a door so you can kick, jump, squat, and dance." Overall i would recommend this book because it is fun, informational, and relatable to kids. ( )
  mbrook26 | Mar 30, 2017 |
I think this book, Dem Bones, is an excellent book for children grades 1-4. This book contains almost like a two-in-one story and the illustrations are very useful. The way this book is set up is each set of pages is dedicated to a general area of the body (foot, leg, etc.). And there is the bone song along with a short informational section about that area of the body. For example, (story portion): "Knee bone connected to da thigh bone"; (informational): "The thigh bone, or femur, is the longest and heaviest bone in your body. The top of the femur has a ball joint that moves within the socket in the pelvis." So, the story portion could be for 1-3 grade and the informational portion could be for 3-4 grade. In addition, the illustrations in this book are very helpful for children who do not know the names of certain areas of the body, or bones. So, for each area, whichever bone they are talking about, that bone is highlighted in red on the skeleton. This is very helpful so even if the child can only read the story portion, they still can learn the names of the bones/areas of the body. And for the informational portion, it gets more specific of talking about a specific bone in that area. Finally, the last page has 20 bones numbered on a skeleton, so a child can learn more about bones if this interests them. ( )
  rprotz2 | Mar 25, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book for the writing and the illustrations. The writing was very fun, engaging, and informative. Because the author included a song for children to sing along with, the learning of the bones can be fun and memorable. An example of this "Ankle bone connected to da leg bone." Young readers are learning while singing. On the page that follows the lyrics, there is factual information in more detail of the leg bone. The illustrations were another reason that I enjoyed this book. The skeleton is drawn smiling and laughing. This symbolizes happiness. Young readers are able to see the parts of the body the song and the factual paragraph is referring to. In the backs of the book, there is a drawing of a full skeleton and his bones are numbered. The numbers are matched with a list of bones and what they are. The central message of the book was to encourage readers to learn about the various bones in their body and how they are all connected for a common purpose of helping the body function. ( )
  BrittanyNelson94 | Nov 4, 2015 |
I absolutely adore this book! Not only does it give the lyrics to the classic African American spiritual song called “Dem Bones”, but it also provides information about each book discussed as well. For example, on the page that says “Toe bone connected to da foot bone”, there is also a side bubble that tells the reader information about foot bones such as that they are the basement of your skeleton or that the foot bone is composed of 22 bones. Another one of my favorite parts of this book is that at the end, there is a full page spread of a skeleton with labels for common bones discussed in everyday life such as the ribs or skull. Since the language in this book is based upon the African American spiritual song “Dem Bones”, not all of the words are pronounced and spelled the same way we would such as “dem” instead of “them” and “da” instead of “the”. If the author would have changed these words in the book, it would have took away from the cultural component of this amazing picture book. Plus having the words “dem” and “da” provide the reader with the correct pronunciation of the song. The illustrations in this picture book are also another reason why I like it so much. Each page is covered with pictures of skeletons dancing or playing an instrument while showing off the bone that is being discussed on that page. The bone that is being discussed is red, therefore the reader knows exactly which bone it is. One the backbone page, a skeleton is diving into the water. The backbone of the skeleton is clearly shown in red and displayed across a two page spread. The overall message of this story is to teach readers the “Dem Bones” song so they can remember their bones and also learn about each bone as well. Readers can clearly see how each bone is connected together in our body and how we use many bones all at once. ( )
  KaylaHobson | Oct 29, 2015 |
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Shoulder bone connected to da neck bone
Neck bone connected to da head bone
Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones

Colorful torn paper collages bring to life this classic African American spiritual. The frolicking skeletons will captivate children and adults while they sing along with this well-known, catchy song. Accompanied by interesting, informative "bone facts" this book makes a wonderful addition to both home and classroom libraries and a fun treat for Halloween!

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A rendition of a traditional African American spiritual.

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