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The Dancing Skeleton (Children's Literature Series) Audio, Cassette – 1991
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Side 1 is the read-along version (book not included); Side 2 the listening version
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A word of warning: the book starts explicitly with the husband's death. Some people don't want their kids exposed to matters such as this. I do not think this book would be a useful book to explain the concept of death to a child. It takes death very lightly and is a fun book to read. But for a child who has had a recent loss, the idea of the loved one coming back as a skeleton and sitting in the living room might be a bit too much.
Great Halloween book! We truly enjoy this book!
The prose is lyrical - I'm not at all unhappy when my daugher asks me to read it yet again, as it is really quite at its best when read aloud. I'm not a fan of horror, or even ghost stories, but this is really quite funny, and not at all disturbing. Indeed, it takes what would be a classic haunting story and makes light of it.
I'll definately buy this one if I can find a copy.
BTW "Are You Mad" needs to read it again - the village isn't celebrating (no one missed him, because he was mean), nor is the widow only interested in the insurance money (she's concerned that she won't be able to afford the coffin if Aaron doesn't stay dead, as the insurance won't pay if he isn't).
A childrens book that both you and your children will enjoy. One caveat... my kids have been introduced to "death" already - they're missing two grandparents and a horse, and we've talked about death a fair amount. Your mileage may vary.
I also starting adding in the music of Saint-Saen's "Dance Macabre."
I put in a small bit of extra wording that the fiddler says right before he begins to play his violin..such as the clock strikes and he walks over to get his fiddle and tune it up, as the music starts. The music gets louder and faster just like the widow requests of the fiddler. I fade it out at the end of the story. It words really well and adds to the excitement of the reading.