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Bony-Legs Paperback – January 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590405160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590405164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

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I loved this book as a child, and I enjoyed reading it to my daughters when it came in!
Kisha Fuimaono
When I'm older and have children one day I'll make sure they read this book becuse sometimes when you grow older its still good to act like a child.
Jessica
My daughter's favorite book from the library, I was happy to find a copy of it since it's out of print.
P. Smith

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Quaker Annie on June 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
My youngest child has been afraid of the dark, strange noises, and the unknown for a long long time. At age 6 he discovered this book, and read it again and again.
This surprised me at first - it's a lot like Hansel and Gretel but for a small child, boy or girl, who is dealing with the scariness of the real world, Bony-Legs is a story that's scary but encouraging. What goes around will come around, is the message this book gives.
Sasha's aunt (her mother never would have done such a thing!) sends her to Bony-Leg's house in the woods to fetch a needle and thread.
Along the way, Sasha is kind to a hungry cat and a skinny dog, feeding them her lunch. She greases a creaking gate at the entrance to Bony-Leg's cottage.
"Poor gate," said Sasha, "You need some grease."
Once she gets to Bony-Leg's, she's locked in the bathroom, told to get nice and clean so Bony-Legs can eat her up. The cat, the dog she fed on her way to Bony-Leg's give her a mirror, a wooden comb and let her escape without a mew or a bark. The kindly oiled gate lets her out without a squeak.
With the help of these others, and the use of her own cleverness in figuring out how to use the mirror and the comb, Sasha escapes. And Bony-Legs - well, you'll have to read the story to find out all the details!
An enjoyable, short read filled with color pictures and a kind child's cleverness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Inveterate Reader on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you have a child named Sasha then I strongly suggest that you give her this book. It was one of my all-time favorites as a child and I think my mother donated the book to my elementry school library (that how much it meant to me). There are many books with Marys, Elizabeths, Janes...but a Sasha book is hard to come by. Rave review!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Corbin on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I had this book when I was in grade school,15 years ago. I have since bought a new copy, and passed it on to my 8 yr. old step-son and my 4 yr. old daughter. Although it is a little scary for younger kids, as it refers to bony-legs liking to "eat little children," it is enjoyable, and simple enough to explain to kids that its just pretend. My step-son enjoys reading the book outloud to himself, and my 4 yr old loves to have it read to her almost every night. In my opinion, there really is no moral to the story, it is just a simple, fun, children's book that brings out there imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Eccentric on July 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Bony-Legs was the book that sparked my love of reading. I checked this book out of my elementary school's library so many times the librarian wouldn't allow me to have it anymore. Instead, I was given my own copy. To this very day, it is still one of my all-time favorites. This is always the first book I recommend to children and their parents. It's perfect.
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Format: Paperback
If I had a quarter for every time I've read this book....(as I'm writing this I'm reciting the text--I think I have it memorized). To this day, high school students, college students, even the occasional cashier at Walmart will look up at me, smile, and I'll know I'm encountering one of my long ago elementary school storytimers all grown up. If we talk for longer than 45 seconds he or she will invariably bring up Bony Legs. This is one of those books that has all the right ingredients--It's a great read-aloud book--scary enough to make the children jump but not so scary that you'll get phone calls from parents. It has enough plot to be interesting and some decent characterization--a wicked witch who lives deep in the woods in a house that stood on chicken feet, a girl, Sasha, who has an adventure in those woods and manages to escape being eaten by Bony Legs because of her kindness to the dog, the cat, and the gate belonging to this witch. Joanna Cole wrote this story with an easy reader vocabulary, so children are able to go back to the book and read it to themselves. During a given school year Bony Legs always made at least two appearances during story time--sometimes three or four or more--depending on the demands of the children. It's as popular with children today as it was almost twenty years ago. Bony Legs is based upon the Baba Yaga legends--folktales from Russia. I use this book to introduce the tale. A month or so later I'll read Eric Kimmel's Baba Yaga, which is longer and more detailed (it has a Cinderella-like component). The children will get so excited--"It's like Bony Legs!" they exclaim. Indeed. There are actually a number of versions of the Baba Yaga legends available in picture book format. I have put many of them in my storytime arsenal, but THIS one, hands down, is the ALL TIME FAVORITE with the children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2003
Format: Library Binding
i remembered reading this book as a child and loved it. when i had my son i searched for and bought this book. it is a little on the scary side, but teaches children about kindness and gentleness at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Ferguson on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a kid, Bony Legs expanded my imagination. And now as an adult, it is much fun to read this book to my nieces. Though it may be a bit frightning to some, Bony Legs is an overall great book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Neill on July 29, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I get books gallore from the library to read to my children. I read them, turn them in, and that's the end of them. But when I turned in "Bony Legs" 5 1/2 years ago, when my daughter was 3, that was not the end of it!!! My daughter Sasha loved that story so much, I've had to re-tell and re-re-tell and re-re-re-tell, etc. that story to her many times. Five and a half years later, I still use that story as her bedtime story. I'm an adult and I love the story myself! It is a very clever and good story. She loves the story, not because the character and she have the same name, but it does give it a wonderful added touch! Then, when she entered kindergarten, her kindergarten teacher read "Bony Legs" to the class (the teacher made a very good selection), all the kids in the class stared at my daughter, so the teacher had to show the kids the book, she said, "Look, it really says 'Sasha', I'm not making it up." But regardless of the character's name, the book is one of the best you'll ever find. So if you haven't already read it to your child(ren), whether you are a parent or a teacher, please don't let the kids miss out on such a good book. Please read it to them!!!
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