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Author: Suzy Lee

Illustrator: Suzy Lee

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Publisher: Chronicle Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young girl turns on the light in a closet. She sees her shadow and creates a bird with her hands. Then her images morph and grow and become a story themselves ... ultimately coming to life in her imagination. What happens when her mom calls her to dinner? This (near) wordless book celebrates a child's imagination through play.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 4 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Age of Child: Read with and by a nine-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The first time through, my nine-year-old wasn't sure what to think. She pored over the illustrations and flipped back and forth to see how the changes evolved. Then, having "walked" through the book a couple of times, she came up with a story of her own.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an incredibly beautiful book. The illustrations are simple, and despite all of the action the girl creates, it is a quiet book. We enjoyed flipping the book so that the shadows were on top and the "real" images were on the bottom. There is so much you can do with this book.

Pros: Captivating and deceivingly simple illustrations grab readers (from preschool to third grade) at page one and will keep them enjoying this book over and over again.

Cons: If you find wordless books hard to "get into," you may want to preview this.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must have for the home library.


Educational Themes: Use this book to encourage imagination. Let your child create the story by "reading" their version, or better yet, create a place where they can make shadows and let their imaginations fly.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010

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