The Soup Bone by Tony Johnston

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One lonely Halloween night an old lady who lives on top of a hill decides to cook herself some soup. As she digs in the garden searching for a soup bone, she makes the acquaintance of a lively skeleton, and spends a riotous evening playing tricks with him, finally agreeing to be friends. Full-color illustrations.

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Tony Johnston was born January 30, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA. After attending Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in History and an M.A in Education, she became a fourth-grade teacher. She has written over seventy books for children. Her titles include Amber on the Mountain, the Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea, Day of the Dead, the Ghost of Nicholas Greebe, the Sparky and Eddie series, and the Adventures of Mole and Troll. Her first adult novel was Any Small Goodness. Her works have earned her several awards including a Children's Choice Award for Four Scary Stories and the Beatty Award in 2002 for Any Small Goodness. Margot Tomes illustrated many books for children, including "What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?; Where was Patrick Henry" "on the 29th of May?; And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; "and "Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?, "all written by Jean Fritz.
Published September 1, 1990 by Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here's an unusual addition to the Halloween repertoire: A lonely old lady, making soup on Halloween, is in need of a bone.

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Enhanced by Tomes's typically rusticated palette, this droll tale stars an old lady who makes several bones about her Halloween search for the perfect ingredient.

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