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Sayre, April Pulley.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Rhyming text describes the search of two young friends for shadows in the everyday world.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 58051.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Two friends find that shadows are all around them.

"My friend catches
my shadow's hand.
Hand in shadow
we walk the sand."

Dragonflies zip by with their shadows behind them. Toe shadows wiggle along the bottom of a creek. In the shadow of a tree lurks delicious cool shade.

On a long sunny day, two friends search for shadows and discover the hidden delights of the everyday world.

Lush, sun-soaked illustrations and poetic text capture the childhood delights of a summer day.

Author Notes

April Pulley Sayre has written several books for children, including Army Ant Parade , Home at Last , and the Exploring the Earth's Biomes series. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Harvey Stevenson has illustrated many books for children, including the best-selling As the Crow Flies . He lives in Paris, France.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Sayre, widely known for her nonfiction nature books for middle- and high- school students, teams up with artist Stevenson in a rhyming, richly textured exploration of a subject that fascinates young children--shadows. A small boy and girl go to the seaside on a quest for shadows. Using bright colors and overlapping brushstrokes, Anderson shows that everything has a shadow, and the tactile quality of his acrylic paintings will make children want to gaze longer and find more. The text is subtle, working with the art to relay, in bits and pieces, the ideas of movement and time as they relate to shadows: the dragonfly's shadow zips around; the running horse's shadow never stops; the children's shadows leap along the sand; in the afternoon the shadows have moved in a different way. An engaging get-up-and-explore romp. Connie Fletcher.

Publisher's Weekly Review

From the beach to the ballfield and back again, a boy and girl search for shadows on a sunny summer day in Sayre's (The Hungry Hummingbird) warm-hearted ode to friendship and the simple pleasures of the season: "Searching for shadows we run, hop! stare... at lots of shadows here and there." Stevenson's (As the Crow Flies) thickly applied acrylics, steeped in the glow of amber light, picture the friends one dark-skinned, one light as they push their bicycles aside and run toward the ocean. The rhythms emulate the narrator's observations, from the darting motions in nature ("Dragonfly shadows zip and pop. Running horse shadows never stop") to the humor to be found at the ballfield ("A man keeps a shadow under his hat"), while the artwork zeroes in on the winged dragonfly and pulls back to create depth on the baseball diamond. In a roundly satisfying conclusion, the end of the day finds the friends at rest under a tree, making twin shadows with their toe-touching feet: "I think I like these shadows best." Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-At first, the concept doesn't seem apparent, but through Stevenson's bright and broad-stroked acrylics, it takes shape-and color. Two friends, a white girl and an African-American boy, spend their day in search of shadows, describing what they see: "Dragonfly shadows zip and pop. Running horse shadows never STOP." Within the rhyming verse, Sayre deftly manages to convey some science: "Clouds move in-sponging shadows away. But the shadows return with the sun. Let's play!" The lively illustrations are the most engaging feature in the book, capturing light and shadow in a modern impressionistic style reminiscent of van Gogh's work. This handsome picture book will be a welcome addition to science units.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.