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Children's LiteratureThe illustrations are as lovely as the story in this tender and haunting tale of courage and love. Bob Robber is a lonely and bitter thief who can steal even the "truth from a promise and make it into a lie." Along comes sweet Dancing Jane who innocently steals Bob Robber's heart. Lacking the confidence to confront her, Bob instead does the only thing that he knows how to do; he steals. This time it is Dancing Jane's shadow that Rob Robber takes, but somehow it is not the same. Bob Robber gives back to Dancing Jane her shadow and in the process, gives back to all of nature. The dark images at the beginning of the book may unsettle very young readers, but with proper telling, children will understand the important message this story delivers and be surprised and delighted by the light and fanciful imagery at the end. 2004, Jonathan Cape/Random House Children's Books, Ages 4 to 8.