Give Me Back My Bones!

Written by Kim Norman
Illustrated by Bob Kolar

Part skeletal primer, part pirate adventure, this is a fun way to learn about the bones in the human body. A long-dead pirate finds his bones scattered when a huge wave hits him. He spends the rest of the story looking for individual bones and reconstructing himself. First his head, then his nose and jaw, then his shoulders and ribs. Written in rhyming form and lyrical language. The author uses the scientific names for the bones, adding to the learning experience. The illustrations show an underwater quest with everything from jellyfish to giant clams to sharks helping in the search.

At last! I’ve got my lost bones,
no longer skull-and-crossed bones,
my milky ocean-tossed bones …
avast! I need …
a ship!

The dust jacket is a poster summarizing all the bones discussed. The end papers also reflect the summary of bones. Perfect for a health unit in school. Also perfect for Halloween.

  • Give Me Back My BonesTitle: Give Me Back My Bones!
  • Author: Kim Norman
  • Illustrator: Bob Kolar
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 3
  • Genre: Physiology
  • ISBN: 978-0-7636-8841-7

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