The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree

Book - 1972 | first edition
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A group of children and a "spirit" go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.
Publisher: New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House], [1972]
Edition: first edition
ISBN: 9780375803017
Branch Call Number: J FIC
Characteristics: 145 pages illustrations 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mugnaini, Joseph A.


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AndreaG_KCMO Oct 15, 2020

This is a near-perfect novella, and certainly perfect for the spooky season. I didn't want this entrancing story to end. Given the connection between each boy's costume and Moundshroud's Halloween history lessons, I was unsure why Bradbury kept the boy in the "beggar" costume since his historical reference to "Irish beggars" was all but lost in a single line of text as the boys raced to Mexico for Dia de los Muertos.

Apr 26, 2017

Childhood favourite that any adult craving autumnal whimsy can appreciate. Great choice for any child who wants to learn a bit about Hallowe'en and it's history.

KHCPL_Wagner Oct 18, 2016

The perfect Halloween book for both adults and children. Ray Bradbury takes the reader on a magical journey through the history of Halloween, beginning in ancient Egypt and ending in contemporary Mexico.

Dec 14, 2012

This is the first Ray Bradbury piece I have read and it will be my last. I really wanted to love this book but, I feel his strange for the sake of strange writing style got in the way of telling what might have been a more captivating story if it had been written, well, by someone else. This awkward style left me completely uninterested in and unattached to the characters. The descriptions—often silly with gibberish-like words simply strung together—stopped me from trying or caring to fully imagine what he was attempting to describe and left me in eye rolling anticipation and hope for the end of the story to arrive. If based solely on the clever integration of historical concepts and content independent of the writing style then I would give a 4 star rating. But, the book as a whole, I can only give 2.

Snod83 Oct 08, 2011

Wonderful Halloween book, and look at that cover! Ray Bradbury always comes through with a great read!

chinooklibtech Jan 28, 2011

One of my favourites to re-read every Halloween.

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