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Bradbury's stories about children are always attended by dread--of change, adulthood, death. The Halloween Tree, while sweeter than his adult literature, is also touched at moments by the cold specter of loss--which is only fitting, of course, for a holiday in honor of the waning of the sun.
This is a superb book for adults to read to children, a way to teach them, quite painlessly, about customs and imagery related to Halloween from ancient Egypt, Mediterranean cultures, Celtic Druidism, Mexico, and even a cathedral in Paris. (One caveat, though: Bradbury unfortunately perpetuates a couple of misconceptions about Samhain, or summer's end, the Halloween of ancient Celts and contemporary pagans.) This beautiful reprint edition has the original black-and-white illustrations and a new color painting on the dust jacket. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Ray Bradbury is an amazing author. This book is just as good as all his others. Well worth the buy and the read.Published 1 month ago by Raelyn
A poetic classic creepy delicious Halloween Tale. It definitely put me in the Halloween frame of mind. Travel thru time with the boys to learn about the history of Halloween.Published 1 month ago by M. Doudna
I first encountered Ray Bradbury by reading The Marrtian Chronicles for a middle school English class long ago in the last millenium. Read morePublished 2 months ago by willwrite
Need I say more? What's not to like about this man's writing? If you've never read a Bradbury book, you don't know what you're missing.Published 3 months ago by C. M. Martin
Review from a teacher: I was really looking forward to this book. It is filled with so many errors and run on sentences I can't even call it readable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Baily
Product arrived just within a weeks time and is in great condition. I am very happy and cannot read to read this book again and again.Published 6 months ago by Pipkin
good holiday special. it explains where every halloween tradition came from and why we celebrate them. good for all ages.Published 6 months ago by Julie D.
I always wanted to know the whole story since I saw the movie and really liked that there were more characters in the plotPublished 6 months ago by RORLOT