Give Me Back My Bones!

by Kim Norman and Bob Kolar

“Now I need my gnaw bone, / my chicken-chomping saw bone. / I’ll starve... read more

“Now I need my gnaw bone, / my chicken-chomping saw bone. / I’ll starve without my jawbone. / I miss my mandible!” Clever quatrains in the dismembered voice of a pirate skeleton describe its search for its bones at the bottom of the ocean. The improbable premise is delivered in a sprightly tongue- in-cheek tone that belies how much information is packed into each of the verses, which always end with the scientific name of the bone(s) being sought. From skull to phalanges, it’s a story guaranteed to tickle the funny bone (er … humerus). Digital illustrations show a stylized, blue-green underwater world with colorful sea creatures and bone-white … bones. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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