Shadow

Shadow

by Jill Newsome, Claudio Munoz
     
 
The perfect story for any child who has just moved to a new home. Rosy's world is turned upside down when her family moves to a new house. Nothing seems right anymore. Her new neighborhood is strange; her room looks spooky at night; and she doesn't know anyone at school. Then one snowy day Rosy makes a very special new friend -- and discovers that her new world is

Overview

The perfect story for any child who has just moved to a new home. Rosy's world is turned upside down when her family moves to a new house. Nothing seems right anymore. Her new neighborhood is strange; her room looks spooky at night; and she doesn't know anyone at school. Then one snowy day Rosy makes a very special new friend -- and discovers that her new world is not so scary after all! Lyrical text, atmospheric paintings, and an appealing story make this the perfect book for any child who has just moved to a new home.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Candace Deisley
Rosy was a happy child, until the day her family moved. She was disturbed by all the changes, and missed her friends and her old home. One day, snow fell, and school was dismissed early. As Rosy walked home through the woods, she saw a little rabbit. She realized that it was hurt, and tenderly carried it home, where she was allowed to keep it, and nurse it back to health. After he regained his strength, Shadow played outside with Rosy. One day Shadow disappeared. Rosy was heartbroken, but soon a girl from Rosy's class brought Shadow home, and Rosy and Nancy became friends. The amazing thing about this book is the use of color. The opening is filled with cheery pastel colors, until Rosy moves. Then dark and dreary watercolors express her sadness and feeling of strangeness in her new environment. When Shadow becomes part of the family, the colors return, until he is lost. The end shows us the bright colors we had hoped would accompany the development of the friendship between the girls. This is a charming book that would be useful to help a child dealing with any new situation.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 A sweet, albeit serious, story that highlights some of the anxieties children experience when they must move to a new home. Rosy loves everything about life until her family relocates. Then, her anger and fear manifest themselves in bad behavior and nightmares. Her misery continues until a walk through the once-dreaded woods during a snowfall opens the way to her transformation. In this "enchanted forest," she marvels at the beauty around her and spots a wounded rabbit, which she carries home. She nurses the little creature back to health and he becomes her first friend in this new place. When Shadow suddenly disappears, Rosy searches everywhere for her pet to no avail. As she starts a "lost rabbit" poster, the doorbell rings, introducing Nancy holding the animal in a huge box. The two girls rejoice as Shadow jumps out for a hug. The confidence resulting from having Nancy as a friend convinces Rosy that she is home after all. Munoz's watercolor and India-ink illustrations beautifully conceptualize the full range of the child's emotions. Surreal, disproportionate faces and objects loom in somber, flat tones conveying Rosy's sadness and fear. Alternatively, the artist uses warm, bright colors to round out edges and bring sizes back into proportion, underscoring the child's contentment. Shadow is best suited to quiet reading while nestled in a loving lap; its theme of giving and receiving love creates warmth. However, the story could also serve to allay and/or validate a child's concerns about leaving behind what is familiar. Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Newsome's story makes painfully clear just how difficult it is to move into a new neighborhood, but children won't find ways to address that difficulty in this improbable tale. Rosy's world is turned upside down when her family moves away. "Nothing I did seemed right anymore. People started to say how rude and bad-tempered I was." She's having a meltdown, but no one seems to be able to help. One day, walking home from school through the woods after a snowfall, she finds an injured rabbit. Rosy takes it home and cares for it; dubbed Shadow, it fills an empty place in her life. When Shadow is missing, Rosy is heartbroken until a neighbor girl, Nancy, finds the rabbit and returns it to her. Rosy, Nancy, and Shadow all become good friends. Children will find the one logical gap; they're given no sign that Nancy knows Shadow belongs to Rosy. The moody artwork beautifully conveys Rosy's loneliness, and her joy in finding Shadow, and a new friend. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789426314
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.06(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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