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The Halloween Tree (1972)
by Ray Bradbury
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I really enjoyed the way the story was written, but I realized about 15 minutes in that I just was not going to care about the story itself. ( )
Not the best book I've read but fun and easy. It was extremely predictable but as a kids book I can hardly fault it for that.
Overall worth the read and made me all the more excited to read Bradbury's other works.
Summer 2018, audiobook:
This was a gorgeous telling of a story of several of cultural histories behind Halloween, the costumes worn by children, and the wonderful lost art of the option between "trick or treat." While this did not cover all the traditions which have been a part of this grand melting pot holiday, reaching back through time, and spanning its arm wide across the globe, I did love this one.
It drags in some places, but I love how in-depth the telling gets, and I love who our narrator is, and I love the story of the boy-not-present that parallel's this journey all of the other boys are on, along with the choice(s) they will have to make at the end of this long dark waltz with death.
If you were a scout leader and you had a several day camping trip with a group of, say, 10-12 year old boys, you might read this book aloud to them in dramatic fashion. This might work better if you were doing this in the 1950's-70's, because more modern kids are probably the type to either not connect with the characters well enough to insert themselves in the story, or would find this schlocky because of the sophisticated nature of most of the entertainment currently peddled to them. It might be a good experiment, though.
The narration is dramatic, and dynamic (maybe with some updating and good special effects it could be a Hulu Original Content Holiday Special [I wonder who owns the rights, hm). The ostensible purpose of the book is to educate these young boys about the "history of Halloween" , though the factualness of the information imparted is disputable, and they're using harvest festival/start of winter celebration as a substitute in several cases.
It was a fun read around fall time for me and it's nice to revisit the old masters. I enjoyed it.
I like Bradbury and there is a reason he is a master, but I think what he was trying with this story fell flat.
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A group of children and a "spirit" go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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