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Friday, January 9, 2015

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Shadow Chasers by Elly Mackay is another phenomenal paper theater story.  Three siblings are on the chase after early evening shadows.  Her technique with Yupo paper, theater style storytelling, light and shadow is perfect for this story. She's able to focus and blur the page where she wants to draw your eye.  There are so many little shadows to find that are not what they seem to be. For example, rocks, weeds, and plants look like woodland animals. The children don't even see the real woodland animals hiding here and there, but the reader does.  That makes it quite appealing for the child to see what the characters in the story don't.  There is a great deal of reflection in this book too and they are also so outstanding in making shadows and playing with the light. I love how the geese look like fish.
This title will be used in Storytime, a theme on shadows, or encouraged to use one on one with a parent or grandparents to find all the nooks and crannies of hiding shadows or animals.

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