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review 2017-05-14 00:03
Shadow by Marcia Brown
Shadow - Blaise Cendrars,Marcia Brown

Genre:  Fantasy / Africa ./ Folktale / Horror


Year Published: 1982

 

Year Read:  2010

 

Publisher:   Charles Scribner's Sons

 

 

Shadow

“Shadow” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Marcia Brown and it is about what shadows do around people and what they do when they are not looking. “Shadow” may be a bit scary for smaller children, but it is truly a mesmerizing book that children would enjoy for many years.

Marcia Brown has wonderfully given a vivid description of what shadows do and what they are like and put the description of shadows in a poetic format and Marcia Brown does a great job at making shadows seem so mysterious as they constantly follow people around in ghostly figures. Marcia Brown’s illustrations are truly eerie yet creative as the people in the book are drawn as black shadows while the shadows themselves are drawn as white ghostly figures following the shadowed characters, however, there are some shadows that are dark figures such as the shadow coming out of the ash from the fire. The images perfectly blend color and black and white to bring out a more effective look at the world of shadows such as putting shadowed figures against colorful mountainsides or forests.

Shadow

Parents should know that there are some scary images in this book which involves images of the shadows taking frightening shapes such as one shadow wearing a very frightening mask and another large shadow that has ash for eyes and is walking on four wobbly legs. Many small children would also be frighten about the idea that shadows can come to life when they least expect it and it might cause many small children to not go to sleep at night because they might be afraid of their shadows coming to life to get them. Parents need to explain to their children that shadows do not come alive and they are apart of people.

“Shadow” is a brilliant book that takes on the views of the mysterious world of shadows and it will have many children mesmerized for many years. I would recommend this book to children ages six and up since the images are truly frightening and smaller children might be frightened at the idea that shadows come to life in this book.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2015-11-03 00:00
Stone Soup
Stone Soup - Marcia Brown I first heard this story on an episode of Little House on the Prairie, but until today I had never read the book. Cute story and a good lesson.
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review 2014-02-25 00:00
Cinderella
Cinderella - Marcia Brown Beautifully written and illustrated. I like how this verison is different from the Disney one.
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review 2013-09-26 18:00
Once a Mouse...
Once a Mouse - Marcia Brown ★★★★Once a Mouse... by Marcia Brown A story about magic, and the trouble it can cause you
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review 2013-06-27 00:00
Stone Soup
Stone Soup - Marcia Brown I love [a:Marcia Brown|112477|Marcia Brown|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1344263759p2/112477.jpg]! More importantly, so does our toddler Sigourney. At first glance, Stone Soup might appear bland. Sigourney's drawn to vibrant colors, so when I saw drawings in only black, grey, orange and white, I thought she'd be bored out of her skull during the story. Not so! She oohed, aahed, and scrambled to get closer to the page throughout our readalong.

Questions began to arise almost immediately upon opening the book. Why are the peasants so stingy with their hospitality? Why don't the soldiers seem offended by the peasants' initial refusal to feed and house them? Actually, it makes perfect sense that peasants would hesitate to open their stores of food to even the nicest of soldiers passing through their village. Soldiers are warriors, and very capable of taking provisions by force without the added nicety of asking. Laws might even require that peasants give soldiers whatever they demand. If I was afraid that soldiers might ransack my stores and leave me and my family with nothing to eat, I'd hesitate to throw open my doors to them as well.

The villagers do end up giving generously to their guests, but only after the soldiers prove their willingness to share. Sure, you could say the soldiers dupe them into showing hospitality through their ridiculous "soup from stones" story, but really, who's going to believe such a load of crap? It seems to me the peasants were simply waiting for an excuse to be hospitable. When the soldiers show transparency and approach the villagers as a group instead of as isolated households, the peasants' confidence soars, and the feast and frivolity ensue. Rather than taking, the soldiers receive. Grace trumps grasping; cooperative effort beats isolation - it's an old tale. Brown's interpretation does great justice to the old Stone Soup folktale. Highly recommended!
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