How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House Children’s
Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad–even angry–that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow, and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most.
I am always on the look out for picture books, especially as I have gone back to Key Stage 1 (5-7 years old). I’m currently with the older range of children and I knew from the synopsis that this book would be perfect for my class! I was happy to read it first and know now that I’ll be purchasing a copy for my class!
The story centres around Hortense who is a lovely girl, but she’s very frustrated with her shadow. She can’t seem to work out why it keeps following her around! She hates her shadow and is convinced that the feeling is mutual. Hortense soon finds out that she needs her shadow after an experience with bandits on a cold night.
I really liked Hortense as a character and think many children will be able to identify with her!
I thought this was an adorable story, very fairy tale-esque in its nature. The illustrations are stunning and I think it carries a wonderful theme of self-identity. I can imagine that I’d use it for a discussion about self-esteem because it does explore that throughout the story in an incredibly subtle way.
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