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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811872807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811872805
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In a nearly wordless, nearly monochrome fantasy, a straight-haired girl--perhaps the same exuberant heroine of Lee's Wave--finds a secret world in the shadows cast by the light bulb in a storage room. The pages are meant to flip from bottom to top. With the top page held at an angle (say, while lap reading) the book becomes the room itself: on the top page, delicately drawn household objects cluster (a hose hangs over a ladder, the sole separates from a boot), while the bottom page becomes the floor on which shadows are projected. The girl starts out tentatively, making a bird shadow with her hands. As her imagination flourishes, the hose becomes a snake, the ladder a glade of trees, and a wolflike creature manifests; the forest teems with animal shadows, the wolf threatens, and the line between the "real" and imagined realms is blurred. Only the cry "Dinner's ready!" stops the action. Or does it? Once again, Lee focuses on a single idea, develops it with rich imaginative power, and executes it with grace and finesse. All ages. (Oct.) (c)
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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–The world of shadow is mysterious and magical, where splayed hands become birds and canister vacuums transform into elephants. Lee's nearly wordless picture book pulls children into this place as they watch a girl play in a cluttered storage room. As her imaginary world develops, the real one fades, until the two merge and a dangerous fox, created by the shadow of the girl holding a broken boot, breaks through the gutter and begins a thrilling chase. The book is read horizontally, with images from the top reflected as upside-down shadows below. It is meticulously designed and executed, effectively using the gutter and endpapers as integral parts of the story. Lee uses charcoal, pencil, watercolor, lacquer spray paint, and digital manipulation to create two interlinked and fascinating worlds. She employs yellow to denote elements created in the girl's imagination: a few touches at the beginning, then more as magic takes over. As the action moves from the real to the imaginary, readers rotate the book to see the shadow world, then back around, creating a thoroughly interactive and engaging read. Children will pore over the book to see how each of the everyday objects, such as the hose and the wheels on the bicycle, transforms into a snake, sun, and moon in the shadows below.–Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, ORα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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She kept flipping through both books over and over.
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Beautifully illustrated in only three colors, this book is truly a work of art.
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Overall, this is a tremendous, inspiring, truly unique book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bessie C on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you loved "Where the wild things are", you will love Suzy Lee's "Shadow". The illustrations are full of energy, it captured the imagination of child's play. It is a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on August 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This delightful, creative storybook is basically wordless. The endpapers are black; and with a simple "click" a young girl pulls the light on in a garage. On the left side of the page are the contents of the garage, and on the right, their shadows. As the story progresses, the girl creates shadow puppets with her hands, and other items. The`shadow page' begins to reflect her imaginary characters, and are shaded in yellow. As her imaginary scene becomes more involved, the shadow page becomes more yellow, and the garage items, opposite, disappear, until there is a barrage of black imaginary characters, where a story within a story unfolds until someone hollers, "DINNER'S READY!" Girl and reader are brought back to reality, where the items in the garage are tumbled around. She clicks off the light, the pages go black, and slowly, yellow shading and the characters she imagined reappear....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Worth on December 30, 2010
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I bought this book and Suzy Lee's other book, Wave, for my 4 year-old niece. It was a hit. She kept flipping through both books over and over. She would walk away, and then come back to slip through them again. Which is exactly how I felt when I flipped through them. Even though it is a picture book, it really sparks the imagination. This will be one of my new favorite go-to gifts for children. And I really think it would be appropriate for any age. One that can be passed down for generations.
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By Sweet on Books on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
* Shadow is a most unique and charming book.
* This wordless book tells a large story.
* The absence of words allows for a great use of imagination.
* Beautifully illustrated in only three colors, this book is truly a work of art.
* This would make a beautiful gift for many different ages, including design and art loving adults.
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Shadow is a beautiful work of art that allows imaginations to soar, children and adults alike. An almost entirely wordless book, told only through Lee's gorgeous and spare illustrations. The young heroine starts out in the family's attic, with a "click" of the light, she is thrown into a world of light and shadow, represented only with the colors black, white and yellow. To start, the left side of the spread shows the attic as is, with our little girl in the middle, while the right side of the spread is the shadow interpretation of the attic. On the right, brooms become flowers, ladders become vines and hoses become snakes. Slowly the right and left sides of the spread combine to become a celebration of the creative power of our young heroine and the reader. There is no right or wrong story, just the one the reader wants to imagine. This and other wordless books make for terrific confidence boosts for young, fledgling readers.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible, for what it is. It is a nonverbal book with no words (think Goodnight Gorilla) and almost narrative (unlike Goodnight Gorilla). The book is oriented horizontally, and meant to be read with one page perpendicular to the ground, and the other page laying flat on the ground, to give the illusion that the shadows are being projected from the upper page onto the lower page.

Each page, the shadows slightly change, suggesting what the girl is imagining, until she becomes wrapped up in the shadow world. Her play in the shadow world is disrupted by her mother's call that dinner is ready, and the final page reveals that her imaginative shadow play has made a mess of the garage she was playing in.

My 4 year old really enjoyed this book, and after reading it, I held up a flashlight and let him make shadows on the wall, which he was thrilled with. I suggest doing the same, unless you are concerned about winding up your child before bed.

Overall, this is a tremendous, inspiring, truly unique book. Just keep in mind that the lack of words prevents you from zoning our while reading to your child.
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