I Have a Friend

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A small boy describes his special friend as short and fat or sometimes so tall he touches the treetops. His friend disappears at night but always returns with the morning sun. Who's the boy's special friend? He's his shadow! Full color.

A small boy tells about his friend who lives with him, who follows him, who sometimes is very tall, but who disappears when the sun goes down--his shadow.

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Overview

A small boy describes his special friend as short and fat or sometimes so tall he touches the treetops. His friend disappears at night but always returns with the morning sun. Who's the boy's special friend? He's his shadow! Full color.

A small boy tells about his friend who lives with him, who follows him, who sometimes is very tall, but who disappears when the sun goes down--his shadow.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``I have a friend who lives in my house,'' says the small boy who narrates this simple story. His shadow friend follows him down the street and to the park; they ``hip-hop down the stairs'' and swim together at the beach. Sometimes the shadow ``is short and fat. And sometimes he is so tall he can touch the treetops.'' After disappearing at night, the shadow returns each morning with the sun, because ``he is yesterday's night left behind for the day.'' The stylized shadow has white slits for eyes and dances forth in varied sizes and shapessometimes in a realistic depiction of the child's movements, sometimes taking on an independent pose. Literal-minded readers may object to this approach, but the book remains an intriguing, poetic introduction to the world of shadows. Ages 4-8. (August)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy's shadow is his constant companion--until nightfall makes it disappear. Inky watercolors emphasize the changing times of day. Ages 3-6. (July)
Children's Literature - Patricia Timbrook
Bright watercolors within loose, free-spirited illustrations of a boy and his friend, his own shadow, paired with the brief, tight text, enhances the circle of fun all children can enjoy with their own shadows.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689504327
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 5/15/1987
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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