So Shy

So Shy

by Vicki Morrison, Nora Hilb
     
 

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Jake is shy, so shy that he has no friends. His only playmate is his shadow. They do everything together--"race along the beach, clamber over the rocks, climb trees. But shadows can't talk, and Jake longs for a real friend to laugh and joke with. Jake is shy, but he is kind and brave, too. And one day his kindness and bravery help him forget his shyness, and win

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Jake is shy, so shy that he has no friends. His only playmate is his shadow. They do everything together--"race along the beach, clamber over the rocks, climb trees. But shadows can't talk, and Jake longs for a real friend to laugh and joke with. Jake is shy, but he is kind and brave, too. And one day his kindness and bravery help him forget his shyness, and win him a wonderful new friend. Here is the perfect book to help other youngsters overcome their own shyness.

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Children's Literature
Are you shy? Do you know someone who is shy? Old and young readers, shy or not, will empathize with Jake as he tries to find a friend. Jake is so shy that he can not ask anyone to be his friend. Jake likes to pretend that his shadow is his friend, but his shadow cannot talk. Jake knows that he needs to be brave enough to find a real friend so Jake and his shadow go to the park. Although there are many children, Jake is too shy to ask them if he can join. Jake and his shadow swing, they jump on the rocks, and they climb on a tree. But the shadow cannot talk. Then, Jake hears a girl crying. He is so concerned about the girl, that he forgets he is shy. Soon, Jake is rescuing the girl's cat high in a tree. Jake's shadow stays on the ground, and Jake learns he can do things all on his own. Soon, the girl and Jake and their shadows are all running along the beach. Young children who struggle with shyness will find this story to be comforting and heartwarming. 2004, North-South Books, Ages 3 to 5.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Jake is lonely because he is so painfully shy. His only friend is his shadow, and they spend time building a sandcastle, soaring on the swing, and jumping across rocks. But, alas, his shadow cannot talk. One day, Jake finds a girl crying by herself. His concern for her overrides his own shyness and he asks her what is wrong. She tells him that her cat is stuck in a tree, and he climbs up and rescues it. Then he and the girl, followed by their two shadows, walk hand-in-hand along the beach, "four friends having a wonderful time together." This story strains to be meaningful, but misses. Jake seems so pathetic that readers will have a hard time developing empathy for him, and the lackluster illustrations do not have the strength to overcome the sluggish text.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735819689
Publisher:
NorthSouth (NY)
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Debora Pearson is the author of more than a dozen children's books, including all the titles in the "Mighty Wheels series. She is also co-author of all three books in Annick Press' "Travel Adventure series, which earned places on VOYA's Nonfiction Honor list and in the prestigious international White Raven Collection.

Nora Hilb is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children's books in her native Argentina and around the world. She previously worked with Debora Pearson on "Animachines.

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