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Oct 10 2019

Give me back my bones! by Kim Norman

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Illus. by Bob Kolar. Walker Books, 2019. ISBN: 9781406384932. 40pp., hbk.
A stormy night and the fast-flowing ocean current has uncovered and scattered the pirate's skeleton all over the seabed and he is desperate to put himself back together. And with clever language and a rollicking rhyme, young readers not only help the pirate gather himself but also learn how their own skeletons go together and the correct names for all the bones.
Help me find my head bone,
my pillowed-on-the-bed-bone,
the pirate's flag-of-dread-bone,
I'm scouting out my skull.

But as he comes together, a danger even greater than storms and currents is lurking. Will this be his last hurrah?
From the scattered bones on the front endpaper to the complete skeleton on the back, this is engaging, entertaining and educational and little ones will love to have it over and over, soon chanting the rhymes for themselves. Lots of fun and lots of learning, the ideal way to introduce the body's anatomy, find their own bones and the potential for the children to try to piece the body parts together for themselves.
Barbara Braxton

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