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Shadow by Marcia Brown


by Marcia Brown

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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 |
Caldecott winner 1983
translated work by Blaise Cendrars
In verse, what is Shadow? So much more and less than what it seems
  Phill242 | May 6, 2013 |
Caldecott Medal, 1983 ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Cut and torn paper collage and paint illustrate the concept of "shadow", a kind of dark life-force of story and song in African culture.
  scducharme | Feb 5, 2012 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:54:22 -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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