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Shadows and Reflections Hardcover – March 19, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

From one of the leading creators of wordless picture books comes this elegant array of photographic images tied together by a common theme. Whether in clouds reflected in the clear glass of a skycraper, a row of flamingos mirrored in a quiet pond, or spiky shadows of beach grass against a sand dune, Hoban's clear-eyed vision of the everyday world serves as a gentle reminder of the abundance of beauty in the ordinary. A gifted photographer, Hoban sees with the eyes of a child, and zeroes in on subjects that more jaded vision often overlooks. Her book is elementary enough for very young children to enjoy, sophisticated enough for older readers and an absolute must for budding photographers. Ages 2-up.
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Grade 1 Up-- This imaginative, wordless book of color photographs is a visual treat, offering witty and subtle sets of images for enriching the eyes of children and adults. The photographs are handsome in themselves, but the way in which they have been put together is often masterful. There is a sense of movement across many of the 14 pairs of photographs, leading readers' eyes from the picture on the right to the one on the left and up, looping through the book in an enjoyable way. The sets of images juxtaposed include objects, animals, and people reflected in mirrors, glass, metal, and water. A photograph of a bear reflected in water has the richness and texture of an abstract painting. An old apartment building reflected in panes of glass looks like a fantasy construction by Gaudi. There's more than a hint of mystery in the photographs--some pictures can't be identified, many are upside down or truncated. Yet it works well and intensifies the viewing experience. Hoban has included more examples of reflection than shadow, but readers will realize that a reflection is sometimes also a shadow. Close and repeated observation proves rewarding in this satisfying, intriguing book. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Pub . Lib .
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (March 19, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688070892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688070892
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Murphy-spivey on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
t.hoban's books are very unique in the sense that they offer a very open ended translation about what the reader is looking at. in this particular book, the photographs allow the parent reading with the child to discuss each picture, the shadows and the reflections as opposed to just reading given text in front of you. i think this allows a good learning dialogue between parent/instructor and child. another scenario is that t.hobans books allow the child that looks through the book on their own to find their own ideas about each photo. in my teaching experience some children who showed no interest in books were just drawn to books with actual photos but often they were hard to find on a kindergarten level. my 3 yr old daughter has been "reading" t.hoban books since she was 1 1/2 and has always enjoyed the actual photography as a nice change. she also likes finding new and different things to talk about each time we pick up the book and most importantly has always been able to apply something from a t.hoban book to a real life experience. yes, the books are a bit different from the norm but they also offer us a way to teach our children and our children to learn in a way a bit different from the norm.
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If Children had coffee tables, Tana Hoban's books would probably be on them. That said, my children and I don't get what all the hoop-la is about. Sure, the pictures have that artistic 'grittiness' that one often sees in photos hung in galleries, but really, how many young children find that style appealing!?!

In particular, in this book (as compared to Toban's "Dig-Drill, Dump-Fill") the photographs don't even seem that inspired. The cat lying on the car hood is just that; a tabby on car's hood.

Two stars- Some pictures are interesting but definitely take a look at it in the Library before purchasing.
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I am teaching a unit study on light, and wanted examples of shadows and refelctions to show my children. I am incredibly pleased with this book. The examples of shadows are far better than I could find or reproduce on my own. The reflections are the real art in this book. There are pictures where you do not see the original object, just its reflection - and these have sparked many curious questions and feuled many conversations, and that is where true learning begins!
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Everyday since I placed that book in my classroom library someone had read it and showed me something they liked in in the book. My class is comprised of 4-5 year olds. ivriesterer
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