Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Shadow - a bookwrap

Recognize this man? 

This is Robert Louis Stevenson and according to Wikipedia...

    Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Wikipedia
    BornNovember 13, 1850, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    DiedDecember 3, 1894, Vailima, Samoa
    SpouseFanny Stevenson (m. 1880–1894)

    The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

    Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

    I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

    This is his original poem...

    I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
    And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
    He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
    And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

    The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
    Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
    For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
    And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.

    He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
    And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
    He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
    I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

    One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
    I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
    But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
    Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed. 

    Unwrapping today's book...

    Originally published in 1915
    Illustrations by Sara Sanchez
    Ages: infinity and beyond

    Unwrapping some marvellous illustrations...

    About the book...

    This delightful book has taken a classic poem and updated it for the 21st century child to enjoy.  Full of fun, action and family-ties this book will be perfect for the young and old alike.

    Shadow play is always a hit because you carry around your very own version of you in shadow form...  now how cool is that?  This adorable little boy and his entourage will have your little ones giggling and laughing right out loud.  Shadows have been our playmates since the beginning of time and this book captures the playfulness and companionship that a shadow provides to it's source... you!  

    The illustrations are whimsical, dreamlike and full of humour and wit. The poem easily flows from page to page and is greatly enriched by the illustrations, which engages the reader, resulting in loads of smiles.   

    This is a perfect bedtime story to cuddle up and read together.  After the book is complete you can make your own shadow creations dance on the wall from your bedroom light.  Shadow awareness can be downright entertaining and shadow discovery can lead to lots of questions regarding those personal phantoms of darkness.  Playtime with your very own individualized  shadow, whether it is outdoors or indoors, is highly recommended and so is this book.  Enjoy. 

    About the author...

    Illustrator, designer and singer (when taking a shower). She works from her studio in Madrid, where she creates her wonderful art, whilst listening to the radio and working alongside her mascot, a chubby rabbit who is her greatest critic. 

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