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Book Title: The Bones of Fred McFee|
The author of the book: Eve Bunting
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Reader ratings: 7.8
Edition: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: September 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9780152054236
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 677 KB
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The Bones of Fred McFee by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus is the tale of a brother and sister who buy and bring home a plastic skeleton, name it Fred McFee, and hang it from a sycamore tree. Then eerie things begin to happen.
After buying the plastic sketeton and hanging it on the sycamore tree,
flies won't rise and the children's old dog Sam won't go near the tree. The rooster that crowed from the sycamore tree is gone and the hens won't lay. Sam howls on Halloween night and the next morning the skeleton has vanished, and a long, lean mound lies beneath the tree. When the wind howls and shakes the sycamore tree, the children hear the bones dancing the dance of the dead...
The rhyming, alliterative text paints a spooky word picture of strange goings on around the sycamore tree where Sam McFee hangs. One of my favorite verses: At night when the wind howls overhead, With ghoulish, ghastly glee, Our skeleton dances the dance of the dead, There in our sycamore tree.
Effectively extending the word pictures painted by the verse are the illustrations done in scratchboard and watercolor. Cyrus creates eerie drawings featuring the bones, leaves, wind, jack-o-lanterns, and an owl. My favorite images include Sam dancing in the wind, Sam sporting a rooster feather, Sam's howl on halloween night, and the final illustration of the moon and tree branches.
This offers the opportunity for an atmospheric read-aloud of verse around Halloween. I enjoyed this effective collaboration.
For ages 4 to 7, halloween, rhyme, skeletons, brothers-and-sisters, trees, nighttime, wind, and fans of Eve Bunting and Kurt Cyrus.
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Read information about the authorAlso known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.
Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.
Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “There used to be Shanachies… the shanachie was a storyteller who went from house to house telling his tales of ghosts and fairies, of old Irish heroes and battles still to be won. Maybe I’m a bit of a Shanchie myself, telling stories to anyone who will listen.” This storytelling began as an inspiration for Bunting and continues with her work.
In 1958, Bunting moved to the United States with her husband and three children. A few years later, Bunting enrolled in a community college writing course. She felt the desire to write about her heritage. Bunting has taught writing classes at UCLA. She now lives in Pasadena, California.
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