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May 06 2014

Chasing Shadows By Corinne Fenton- Book Review

Chasing Shadows By Corinne Fenton Illustrated By Hannah Sommerville – Book Review

Chasing ShadowsChasing Shadows is a book that involves illustration to tell the story and highlights this through observation. With limited text throughout, that is selectively chosen and descriptively positioned, simple yet enough.  A lovely combination of using ‘shadows’ in a conventional way that connection, warmth and understanding  is felt consistently throughout this book and supports how a child deals with depression.
Beth a young child who feels sadness and loss struggles to cope. Beth’s father buys a puppy to help ease her pain, however it is all too soon for her. The empathy in the story identifies the ‘shadows’ being the feeling, the warmth, the comfort they create and the memories they bring. As Beth observes the puppy from a distance connections are beginning to form. The sadness evolves and moves to a new level as she connects with the puppy.

Chasing Shadows
The author Corinne Fenton captures your interest in the story extremely well you can feel certainly touched by what Beth is feeling inside. The subtle colours and the whimsical style illustrations used by Hannah Sommerville suit the title of the book very effectively. Each page flows and seeps with carefully created shadow shapes. A story that supports children who may be going through depression and engages the use of a scenario as in this case ‘shadows’ to make connections to the real world. A very well thought out book for young children.

Teachers Notes

Ford Street Publishing

ISBN:
9781925000153 (hardcover)
9781925000146 (paperback)
Publication date:
March 2014 (hardcover)
July 2014 (paperback)
Extent: 32 pages
Format: Picture book
Price:
$26.95 (hardcover)
$16.95 (paperback)
Category: Fiction
Age guide: 5+

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