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Posted April 22, 2007
Caldecott Book Title: Shadow Reading Level: Third Grade Genre: Traditional About the Author: Marcia Brown is an eminent talent in the children¿s book world. She has twice won the Caldecott Medal for Cinderella and Once a Mouse, and five of her books have been Caldecott Honor books. She was awarded the Regina Medal in 1977 by the Catholic Library Association, and has twice been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. Book Review: This story is all about Shadow and what he does. ¿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 and curls up at the foot of the trees, but in the African experience, it is much more. I believe this book may frighten some children, particularly younger ones, as they may find this story too intense. I would recommend this book for older children. Bibliographic Information: Brown, Marcia. Shadow. New York: Charles Scribner¿s Sons Macmillan Publishing Company, 1982.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 20, 2007
a good book to introduce different cultures
Brown, Marcia Shadow, Charles Scribner¿s sons new York 1982 One of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medallist and six-time Caldecott Honor illustrator, as well as winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the body of her work. She lives in Laguna Hills, California. Brown has received many prestigious honors and awards. She was runner-up for the Caldecott Medal for Stone Soup '1948', Henry, Fisherman '1950', Dick Whittington and His Cat '1951', Skipper John's Cook '1952', Puss In Boots '1953', and The Steadfast Tin Soldier '1954'. She received the Caldecott Medal for Cinderella in 1955, Once a Mouse in 1962, and Shadow in 1983. She won the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 1972 for overall distinction in her field. Marcia Brown was born July 13, 1918 in Rochester, New York. She studied at Woodstock School of Painting and received the Bachelor of Arts degree from New York College for Teachers 'now State University of New York at Albany' in 1940. She also attended the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, and Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, China. Brown was a teacher of English and drama at Cornwall High 'New York' from 1940 to 1943 and assistant librarian for a rare book collection at the New York Public Library from 1943 to 1948. She has also taught puppetry at University College of the West Indies, Jamaica '1953', and a workshop at the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota '1986'. Brown's first book, The Little Carousel, was published in 1946. It is a realistic story which grew out of a scene she witnessed from her apartment window during her early days in New York City. Since then, she has written or retold and illustrated over 25 books for children This was an interesting book. It took the native view and concept of a shadow and put it into a story. It discussed what a shadow does and can do. Where it is and when it comes. It tells why it is there. This was a fun book to read. The pictures were colorful and bright. The3y portrayed exactly what you were reading. I thought it was interesting to take the concept of a shadow and make it into a story. This could be used to introduce children to the ways of native thought and beliefs. It shows how differently different cultures think and believe. Children will enjoy reading this book it can enhance their creative thinking and imagination.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2007
The question that will linger in your mind, who is Shadow?
Marcia has retold or written and illustrated over twenty-five books. She received the Caldecott Award for Shadow in 1983. Marcia believes that every book should be unique even if the same techniques are used. Marcia has become very well known as an illustrator, author, and an adapter of many folktales and traditional tales for children. The book starts out by saying ¿What is Shadow? From conversations with shamans in their villages, from storytellers around the fires in an Africa that is passing into memory, the poet Blaise Cendrars evoked a dancing image¿Shadow.¿ Marcia responds by saying ¿Out of the fire that called forth the many images of Shadow, came the ash that was a sacred bond to the life that had gone before. The beliefs and ghosts of the past haunt the present as it stretches into the future. The eerie, shifting image of shadow appears where there is light and fire and a storyteller to bring it to life.¿ This is the introductory before the story actually begins. Who is Shadow? Where does it come from? Is it human, does it talk, or does it see? Read the book to find out who Shadow is. I encourage people to read it because it is a page turner you want to know who Shadow is. I liked the story and loved the colorful illustrations. They made the story come alive. The reading level of the book is second grade. Brown, Marcia. Shadow. New York: Charles Scribner¿s Sons, 1982.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.