Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury ~ Historical Perspective ~ Suspenseful and Educational Children's Literature for All Ages

Years ago I ran across
The Halloween Tree ~ a vhs tape. 
Knew there was a book behind it and found it ~
Both are good, but read the book FIRST ~ always ! 

As a former children's associate librarian, 
I highly recommend "Halloween Tree" 
for an excellent historical perspective on the celebration of Halloween through millennia. 
Suitable for public school students grades 4-12  
and written by the award winning American author Ray Bradbury.    Rediscover your American roots, 
as well as your connection to global harvest traditions !  

The Little House on the XpressWay 2016

From the 'net :  A group of eight boys set out to go trick or treating on Halloween night, only to discover that a ninth friend, Pipkin, has been whisked away on a journey that could determine whether he lives or dies. Through the help of a mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud, they pursue their friend across time and space through  Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, and Roman cultures, CelticDruidism, Notre Dame Cathedral in Medieval Paris and The Day of the Dead in Mexico. Along the way, they learn the origins of the holiday that they celebrate, and the role that the fear of death, spooks, and the haunts has played in shaping civilization. The Halloween Tree itself, with its many branches laden with jack-o'-lanterns, serves as a metaphor for the historical confluence of these traditions.

Thee novel originated in 1967 as the screenplay for an unproduced collaboration with animator Chuck Jones. In 1992, Bradbury wrote and narrated a feature-length animated version of the novel for television, for which he won an Emmy Award. A longer limited-edition"author's preferred text" of the novel, compiled and edited by Donn Albright, was published in 2005. This edition also included both the 1967 and 1992 screenplays.Bradbury dedicated The Halloween Tree to Man'ha Garreau-Dombasle (1898–1999), a French writer and translator who was the maternal grandmother of the actress and singer Arielle Dombasle and the wife of Maurice Garreau-Dombasle, a French ambassador to Mexico. The Halloween Tree is illustrated by Joe Mugnaini, one of Bradbury's many collaborators over the years. Mugnaini illustrated many novels with Bradbury, and Bradbury also owned many examples of Mugnaini's artwork.   

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