Sophie and the Shadow
by Georgia Garfield-White
Sophie doesn’t like her shadow. Her mum’s shadow bakes cookies. Her Dad’s shadow gives hugs. Even her little brother has lots of fun playing acrobat with his shadow. But not Sophie. Her shadow never wants to play.
I love the imagination of this book. I love how Sophie thinks of shadows as a person. She wishes that she had her parents or her brother's shadow because they are big and strong, or make the best cookies, or does cartwheels while getting into mischief. She keeps complaining about how her shadow is shy, quiet and stays stuck to her feet. She even blames her shadow for her luck. She says her shadow steps on cracks in the pavement and everyone knows that's bad luck. So when she gets caught in the rain or breaks a plate, she knows it's her shadows fault. In the end, Sophie will learn that she feels alone without her shadow and that she can have fun and play.
This was a fun book that got my 6 and 2 year olds playing with their shadows. We went outside in the sun to see where their shadows would go. We even got my daughter trying to run away from her shadow and she got really upset that she couldn't outrun it. Overall, this is a cute, fun book with great imagination for children.
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