Sarah's Shadow

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If you could change something about yourself, would you do it?

When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

My Thoughts

Sarah's Shadow a beautiful book. I love the paper the size and the quality of it. It will last and last on your bookshelf and tolerate an enthusiastic toddler without tearing, which is lucky, because they will want to read it a lot. 

The story is a sweet version of the old adage, 'be careful what you wish for" which, I believe, is a variation of an ancient Yiddish curse "may you get what you wish for."

It's a lovely, upbeat story with an important message about being happy with who we are.  

The illustrations are fabulous and the characters expressions almost tell the tale by themselves, which will assist early readers and mean that their little brothers and sisters can work out the stories from the pictures alone

The vocabulary is accessible and helped, as with the best picture books, by the wonderfully expressive illustrations. 

My copy of Sarah's Shadow will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.

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