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Shadow (From the French of Blaise Cendrars) Paperback – November 1, 1995

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist and six-time Caldecott Honor illustrator, as well as winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the body of her work. She lives in Laguna Hills, California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689718756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689718755
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you want to watch the progression of an artist, just take a gander at the life and accomplishments of the author/illustrator Marcia Brown. The winner of at least three, count 'em, three Caldecott awards, Ms. Brown began her career with lovely but simple picture books. As her work progressed and her talents extended, she moved outside of her comfort zone and began to take bigger and better risks. As a result, "Shadow" was published in 1982, won the 1983 Caldecott, and remains her best work today. A translation of a French poem by the author Blaise Cendrars, the book is a stunning amalgamation of lyrical text, fabulous illustrations, and jaw dropping metaphors.

Before I describe the book, I want to make something clear. This book is meant to entrance. If you have a child that is comfortable reading (or being read) a story about shadows and our own shadowy natures, this is an ideal tale. If, however, you have a literal minded child that doesn't particularly take to stories that lack plots, avoid "Shadow". In this tale the very nature of our darker sides is explored. Marcia Brown, using her customary woodcut techniques, takes us to different parts of Africa. Here, we see scenes that compliment the text. The book describes Shadow with the enigmatic line, "The eye has no shadow". We follow the tale through the nighttime, as Shadow slides behind storytellers and watches you as you sleep. Equally trickster and companion, Shadow is always dark but it does not kill. Blind, it cannot see but will pull the eagle and the vulture if they try to raise it. The final lines in the poem think deeply about the nature of shadows. "Every breath stirs it to life. It is a game. A dance".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Shadow begins with the world split into to halves. The real one and its clear, almost perfect, reflection of itself on a magnificent African lake. Contrary to a reflection a shadow is not bright and brilliant, but is trapped and hidden in the darkness. Even with this being the case it comes alive when in ceremonies and dance. The fire ignites the shadow from us, as if it burst from our very soul. Children are in awe of it as great storytellers tell of its hidden powers as it appears in the dead of night. Shadow stays awake even as you sleep. Protecting you from the powers that be. As the fire goes out the shadow reacts to other light sources, appearing and vanishing quicker than your eyes can adjust to the light. As you move around Shadow tries to follow. Objects block its path, but it always finds its way. Yours is not the only shadow, everyone and everything has a shadow that is sprung to life with the rising of the sun. On the hunt your shadow can give you away. If you are kind to Shadow, it will return the favor. Don't argue with Shadow or step on it; it will never do that to you. Even though Shadow will never say a thing you must be careful of its hypnotic effects. Just like the mask you wear, Shadow can be masked. Sometimes not to be seen for days, but as the suns rays are the essence of your life, Shadow flourishes under them. Shadow is not a coward; he will be there even in your darkest hour as long as there is light. Shadow is a silhouette of what you are. Everyone's shadow is equal in the world. As the day gets longer, so does Shadow. Stretching out across the earth, trying to get away from the setting sun. As the sun descends to the west shadow begins to fade in and out. It becomes increasingly difficult to bring out shadow. No matter how high you can fly, shadow is gone in the darkness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "qualitybusiness" on November 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book explores the life of the shadow through lush poetry and evocative illustration. For those who didn't understand the book, it is an exploration of the underside, the dark side, THE SHADOW of life. We all have a shadow as does the world itself. A ying for every yang. My 10 year explained this to me. She understood the book, and LOVED the pictures. ONE NOTE: Artwork might be a little scary for a child under 5.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Ackley on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In (...)I used to look at the large posters displayed in the school library showing the various Newberry and Caldecott Award winners. On the Caldecott poster the small picture of Marcia Brown's "shadow" always stood out from the other books. When we were asked to check out a book I was always dismayed to discover that "Shadow" was not available in our libray. Having finally read it some 13+ years later the bold use of color and and word play make it as appealing now as it did on a poster in elementary school.

Marcia Brown has translated the poem from the french language and has used an African theme to illustrate some of the literal and more abstract ideas regarding shadows. Through the words and pictures we see the playfulness and darker aspects of shadows. The pictures are so fantastic and rich, truly a great way to introduce African culture to younger audiences.

I agree with other reviews that the illustrations of this book do have at times a darker, ominous look to them. While the illustrations brilliantly complement the text some younger children could be frightened by them. As with any book, preview the book first to make sure it is appropriate for your child.

Overall I was very impressed with "Shadow", the cover alone still a vivid memory from those days of staring at that Caldecott poster in (...). A beautiful picture book and one that truly deserves a proper look.
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