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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
Wonderful story for middle school age children & adults. It is full of adventure & the meaning of true friendship. I read this story every October.Published 19 days ago by Karen S. Augustsson
Review for my COPY of the book only...Pay a bit extra for a better copy. I went with a cheap, used copy and I regret it. The pages are all yellow. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mary
I remembered loving this story as a kid so I got it to read aloud to my own children this past Halloween. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Boring