- Title: The Halloween Tree
- Author: Ray Bradbury
- Released: 1996-11-01
- Pages: 0
- ISBN: 0848804325
- ISBN13: 978-0848804329
- ASIN: 0848804325
Bradbury's stories about children are always attended by dread--of change, adulthood, death. The Halloween Tree, while sweeter than his adult literature, is also touched at moments by the cold specter of loss--which is only fitting, of course, for a holiday in honor of the waning of the sun.
This is a superb book for adults to read to children, a way to teach them, quite painlessly, about customs and imagery related to Halloween from ancient Egypt, Mediterranean cultures, Celtic Druidism, Mexico, and even a cathedral in Paris. (One caveat, though: Bradbury unfortunately perpetuates a couple of misconceptions about Samhain, or summer's end, the Halloween of ancient Celts and contemporary pagans.) This beautiful reprint edition has the original black-and-white illustrations and a new color painting on the dust jacket. --Fiona Webster
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Review ''If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn't have a better guide than Ray Bradbury.'' -- Boston Globe
''Imaginatively cryptic . . . skillfully presented.'' --Los Angeles Times
''A haunting, unforgettable night of trick-or-treating . . . Satisfyingly spooky.'' --Midwest Book Review
''There is a great treat in Bradbury's frenetic imagery.'' --New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.