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Hortense and the Shadow Hardcover – Picture Book, November 7, 2017

4.7 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

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Gr 1–3— This picture book, the first creation by the O'Hara sisters, has the look and feel of a classic fairy tale. Hortense, a young girl lives in a snowy woods filled with wildlife. She is kind and brave, but there is one thing she absolutely detests—her shadow. It is tall and crooked and constantly following her around. She tries to hide it and run from it, until fated a day in the park when she realizes that her shadow hates her, too. Hortense hatches a plan and finally separates herself from her shadow, severing it with a closed window pane. Life goes on and Hortense is seemingly happy, until she meets a group of bandits in the night. Luckily, her shadow saves the day by becoming different intimidating figures (even a bear) and scares the bandits away. Hortense is grateful and realizes that her shadow is indeed a brave part of her that shows her how big she can be and how far she can go. Dreamy, detailed artwork is stylized and evocative, playing with light and shadow in its minimal palette and impressionistic scenes. It is extremely well executed and does the heavy lifting in creating the mood and shifting emotions of the story. VERDICT A uniquely told tale with beautiful illustrations, this is a recommended purchase for all libraries. Great for reading aloud and discussing with students.— Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh

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Praise for Hortense and the Shadow:
An Amazon Best Book of November 2017


"A handsome debut picture book...beautifully designed."―The New York Times


"A delicate original fairy tale that will likely appeal to young readers of imagination."―Kirkus Reviews


"Children who love eerie stories will be fascinated."―Publishers Weekly


"A uniquely told tale with beautiful illustrations."―School Library Journal


"Inquisitive youngsters seeking a bedtime yarn with equal parts spooky suspense and serious reflection will find it in this wintry wonderland."―Booklist

"Eerie...Wintry, shadowy art in white, black, grays, and pale blues creates the right atmosphere for this darkly suspenseful tale, and the images are tricky enough to keep readers and listeners questioning what they see and what to believe."―The Horn Book


"This story with a touch of the macabre works on many levels and will encourage such things as confidence and self-esteem."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • Grade Level : Preschool - 3
  • ISBN-10 : 0316440795
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316440790
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated Edition (November 7, 2017)
  • Product Dimensions : 8.69 x 0.49 x 11.32 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, this was totally adorable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and intricate
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so beautifully written and illustrated-visually in a charming Eastern European folk ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations and enchanting story
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