Grandmother Bones has wound down like a clock. Gone are the tick and tock of her youth. Gone are the days when she laughed with family and friends. Now she creaks when she hobbles, and she spends her
Grandmother Bones has wound down like a clock. Gone are the tick and tock of her youth. Gone are the days when she laughed with family and friends. Now she creaks when she hobbles, and she spends her time talking to her tired old bones as if they were her children. Not even her husband can wind her up again.
The people in Grandmother Bones's village stop by often to check on her. They bring her rich berry pies to tickle her tongue. They make merry music to wake her sleeping feet. They carry stones like jewels to set in her windows and catch the afternoon sun. But always she is the same - no tick or tock. Grandmother Bones seems lost to everyone. What more can her husband and the villagers do?
The Bone Talker is the captivating story of how small gestures carry the greatest meaning. It is the irresistible tale of how a cloud of melancholy is lifted by the hand of a child.
The Bone Talker now in Braille:
The CNIB Library has announced its 2006 Catalogue of PrintBraille Books for Children, and The Bone Talker is among the selections. This library chooses "high quality children's picture books and transcribes the text into braille . . . the library selects books that allow the reader to understand the story without having to see the illustrations."
For a downloadable pdf file with more information, go to: www.cnib.ca/library/for_libraries&schools/plsp/docs/PrintBraille-Braille.pdf
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"The Canadian team of Leedahl and illustrator Bill Slavin has created an impressive book. It is Leedahl's first picture book and it is sensitive and exquisitely told, loaded with imagery, including similes and metaphors. . . Subplots in the story are many: loneliness, growing old, sense of community, the value of keeping busy, to name a few. Children, with their boundless imaginations and inhibitions, and an energetic teacher could make a terrific short play out of the story. Older kids might enjoy reading The Bone Talker to younger ones. Those same older young people could read the book for its literary value, studying a variety of poetic expressions that appears in it. I obviously love Leedahl's book and would recommend it to all ages."
— Lane Education Service District (5 Stars out of 5)
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Shelley A. Leedahl's
work has appeared in anthologies, magazines, journals and newspapers. She is the author of Riding the Planet Earth, Sky Kickers and A Few Words for January. Shelley lives in Saskatoon, SK.
began illustrating at the age of nine when he produced a prize-winning poster. He has illustrated many books for children including The Stone Lion, Hockey for Kids and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Bill lives in Millbrook, ON.
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ForeWord Magazine Children's Picture Book of the Year Award
Alberta Book Illustration Award winner,
Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award Finalist,
Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year Award Finalist,
Canadian Booksellers Association Illustrator of the Year Award