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Shadow by Marcia Brown

Shadow (1982)

by Marcia Brown

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A poetic story describing all the stages that a shadow will take form, such as differences between the time of day or the elements involved. A free verse poem that invites the reader to immerse themselves in a spiritualist like ritual in African lands. Intense black and red tones in a mix of water colors, pastels and markers.
  eearly15 | Mar 24, 2016 |
Summary: Shadow is a persons past. Throughout the book Shadow is described. It is always trying to leach onto someone. But in the end you cannot fight your past and it is accepted as part of life.

Personal reaction: I really enjoy how shadow is described. Sometimes he is dark, sometimes frightening, sometimes just watching over. I think children would enjoy this book and not understand why until later.

Extension ideas: make our own shadows. Draw what we think shadow looks like. ( )
  Te904669 | Jul 5, 2015 |
This picture books is a folktale. It tells the stories of the tribes in Africa who believe in the life of Shadow. Shadow is seen as a being who is in control of it's self and is mysterious. Throughout the book you follow the stories of Shadow and learn all about where Shadow dwells and all that it gets up to.
  ecarlson2014 | Mar 25, 2015 |
In my opinion, the book “Shadow’ by Marcia Brown is a decent book. The story shows how shadows can be realistic and part imagination. The genre of the story is a mix of suspense and ghost story. I think the realistic setting set in African Heritage also makes “Shadow” more special as a story. For example the author writes “In the daytime shadow is full of life. It waves with the grasses, curls up at the foot of trees, nests behind the elephant’s ear.” I was especially impressed with the writing. The pace and flow of the writing is not only engaging, it keeps the reader involved. I like how the author makes use of lots of verbs, and descriptive language in the prose. For example Brown writes “Shadow is always Shadow. It needs no ornament, no tattoo. The Zebras shadow has no stripes.” The illustrations is the other reason why I think “Shadow” is such a good book. The African theme is brought to life in drawings. The dark color pallet also helps to contribute to the theme. The big idea is to show that Shadows aren't as scary as they seem.
  dbaker16 | Sep 24, 2014 |
Caldecott winner 1983
translated work by Blaise Cendrars
In verse, what is Shadow? So much more and less than what it seems
  bp0128bd | Jan 24, 2014 |
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The eye has no shadow.
All the children of the Moon
and of the Sun,
the Earth, the water,
the Air, the Fire,
own no shadow.
Shadow itself has no shadow.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684172267, Hardcover)

Shadow lives in the forest...

It goes forth at night

to prowl around the fires.

It even likes to mingle

with the dancers...


It waves with the grasses,

curls up at the foot of trees...

But in the African experience Shadow is much more. The village storytellers and shamans of an Africa that is passing into memory called forth for the poet Blaise Cendrars an eerie image, shifting between the beliefs of the present and the spirits of the past.


It does not cry out,

it has no voice...

It can cast a spell over you...

It follows man everywhere,

even to war...

Marcia Brown's stunning illustrations in collage, inspired by her travels in Africa, evoke the atmosphere and drama of a life now haunted, now enchanted by Shadow.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:51 -0400)

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Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting images of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.

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