Robert Louis Stevenson My Shadow

ISBN 13: 9781634501781

My Shadow

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9781634501781: My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me . . .

Inside, outside, climbing up the stairs, or jumping into bed, your shadow may be following you! He may even be one step ahead as you run down the street! Complete with a cast of the whole family, a cat, a dog, and a teddy, this story is for everyone. Little ones who are just discovering their shadows for the first time will find inspiration between these pages, while older, more experienced kids are sure to learn new ways to play with their shadows. Get ready to laugh and giggle and then find the nearest light source and try out some shadows of your own!

Sara Sanchez has created soft and inviting illustrations to creatively interpret Robert Louis Stevenson’s original lines from the poem My Shadow,” which was originally published in his classic for children, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Sanchez’s pictures are filled with humor and help propel this timeless poem into the twenty-first century. My Shadow is sure to become a bedtime favorite for the whole family.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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About the Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson was a nineteenth-century author, poet, and essayist. He is best known for his now timeless books: Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and A Child’s Garden of Verses. He passed away in 1894.

Sara Sanchez has always drawn everything around her and went to art school when she grew up. She currently lives in Madrid, Spain.

From School Library Journal:

K-Gr 2—Stevenson's classic verse is brought to life when a blond, round-faced boy with squiggly red spirals on his cheeks cheerfully extols the virtues of his shadow. Sanchez focuses on the active parts of the poem, first with the opening pages of the boy and his shadow in various poses (easy for young storytime participants to emulate), then with scenes catching the boy in mid-motion: through a door with one foot past the entryway, jumping into bed, ascending steps, etc. Action words are also cleverly bolded, as when the letters of the word taller are underlined by the spread of a shadow over a green field as the boy "shoots up taller like a bouncy rubber ball." The soft palette of the illustrations allows the 19th-century poetic language to carry over naturally and without anachronisms. VERDICT This accessible and appealing take on a childhood favorite should be appreciated by a broad audience in schools and public libraries.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

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