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Shadow (1982)

by Marcia Brown

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With it's themes of multiple and forgotten identities, it can get a bit confusing at times, even on a re-read; but like a Raider attack, it flows around you while you are trying to understand it. You grasp a moment and think Aha, and then, like life, you see a different side... Fascinating ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
I did not enjoy Shadow at all. The art is terrific, and, in Brown's word, "eerie." The rhythm of the words is apt. If I were spiritual, or philosophical, or creative, or simply more imaginative, I suspect I might like the book better... but I just couldn't feel or understand anything about what was being presented. Nor can I find reviews that help - I believe it's one of those books that is intensely personal.

It reminds me a lot of a Parnall/Byrd book, for example Hawk, I'm Your Brother, in that it's a long plotless poem from a non-European perspective about a 'Nature Spirit' sort of icon, illustrated with a graceful but iconographic style... but I love the desert books of Parnall & Byrd...." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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 |
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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...

Shadow...

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.

Shadow...

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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