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Shadow by Suzy Lee
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Jan 22, 2012

it was amazing

Shadow is a stunning nearly wordless book. The story is about a young girl who plays make-believe in her garage. On the left hand page you see the girl and her surroundings drawn in black and white with charcoal and pencil. On the right hand page are the shadows of the girl and the objects. At first the shadows are merely mirror images of their solid partners. But then the girl makes a butterfly with her hands and the butterfly glows into life on the shadow page. Soon the shadows are transformed into jungle creatures and the girl’s shadow dances among them.

Because the book is almost wordless, make sure you take time to look at and talk about the illustrations on each page. Ask the kids to point out different details and then fill in the gaps with questions and comments. You may want to flip back through the book afterwards and talk about how different objects and their shadows transform as the book progresses.

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