Shadow

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Shadow lives in the forest...
It goes forth at night
to prowl ...

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Overview

Shadow lives in the forest...
It goes forth at night
to prowl around the fires.
It even likes to mingle
with the dancers...
Shadow...
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.
Shadow...
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.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684172262
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1982
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 924,399
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist 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.

Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist 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.

Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Shadow

    This book is about a shadow and what it does. How it dances and listens to music how it is mute but listens. The shadow, will follow man where ever man goes, even to war. Shadow is a friend who likes to prank around but never harm. The shadow is a metaphor between the dark shadowy aspect of life. Read this book to find out what else the shadow does and how he lives. Brown, Marcia. Shadow. New York: Charles Scribner¿s Sons Macmillan Publishing Company, 1982.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Shadow Review

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    Have you ever thought that your shadow was alive?

    That it was someone following you? This is a story about Shadow and what he does. The book is based on an African folk tale translated from the French poem 'La Feticheuse' written by Blaise Cendrars. Shadow is characterized as a figure who 'lives in the margins of belief and the past' and between light and dark. This book examines the life and behavior of Shadow and it is a metaphor of the darker shadowy aspects of life. The book describes Shadow with the mysterious line, 'The eye has no shadow'. In the nighttime, Shadow slides behind storytellers and watches you sleep. He is a prankster and friend who is always dark but does not harm. The final lines in the poem cause on to closely consider the nature of shadows. 'Every breath stirs it to life. It is a game. A dance'. Some children, particularly children under the age of five, may find the story and dark images too intense or frightening. Some of the illustrations of this book have a dark, menacing look to them. Despite the mature content I would recommend this book for older readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Cooper's review on Shadow

    16. Shadow is translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown. In this exciting bookit tells about the many faces and states of the 'shadow. 'It starts out saying that the eye has no shadow, and how the Earth, Sun, Fire, Air, Water, owns no shadow, and how shadow has no shadow. It tells how shadow has no home and it comes out at night, and dances with the music, so it is a dancer and prowler. It is mute but listens, and goes behind the storyteller and slips away when the fire is out. Shadow does not sleep. It goes on about how shadow has no form. Shadow does not cry out, it has no voice... It can cast a spell over you... It follows man everywhere, even to war. This book is a real nice book to read if you want to read good folklore tales. This is not that hard to read and it will enhance your child's reading capability. This book won a Caldecott Medal in 1983 and it is for ages 4-8.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Disappointing

    The story ¿Shadow¿ struck me as odd. I didn¿t quit understand the point the author was trying to get across, nor do I see children falling in love with this piece. This book is a mixture of genre¿s, both informational and fantasy. The theme was implicit and the plot was episodic. Children older and more mature would enjoy this book the most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    Shadow

    Shadow by Marcia Brown is about your little shadow that goes with you all of the time! I really liked this book because of all the colorful pictures and the distinctive artwork. I would consider this book fantasy because the author puts the shadow in some unlikely situations such as, ¿Here it is in a mask.¿ We all know that it is there, but we can¿t see it. My favorite line in the book is, ¿That¿s why a person keeps an eye on his shadow when he wakes up, and takes care not to step on it when he gets up. It could prick him or bite him! But shadow says nothing. It has no voice.¿ I really liked this line because it shows that your shadow is always with you. Marcia Brown has won the Caldecott medal for two children¿s books. She has won five Caldecott honors for some of her books and has produced over thirty books. In spite of writing, she is also a very talented illustrator. Brown, Marcia. Shadow. New York: Charles Scribner¿s Sons, 1982.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2001

    Shadow

    The story Shadow by Marcia Brown is not a book that I would read in my classroom or to my own children. I find that the storyline is very hard for children to understand and the pictures to be scary.

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