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Robert Louis Stevenson , Penny Dale

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3 Dec 2001
"I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see..." All children are fascinated by shadows - their changing shapes and sizes. Awardwinning illustrator Penny Dale captures this fascination in playful pictures that bring to life Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless poem about a child and his shadow.

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  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744582997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744582994
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 18.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,491,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession, but was allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted strongly against the Presbyterian respectability of the city's professional classes and this led to painful clashes with his parents. In his early twenties he became afflicted with a severe respiratory illness from which he was to suffer for the rest of his life; it was at this time that he determined to become a professional writer. The effects of the often harsh Scottish climate on his poor health forced him to spend long periods abroad. After a great deal of travelling he eventually settled in Samoa, where he died on 3 December 1894.

Stevenson's Calvinistic upbringing gave him a preoccupation with pre-destination and a fascination with the presence of evil. In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde he explores the darker side of the human psyche, and the character of the Master in The Master of Ballantrae (1889) was intended to be 'all I know of the Devil'. Stevenson is well known for his novels of historical adventure, including Treasure Island (1883), Kidnapped (1886) and Catriona (1893). As Walter Allen comments in The English Novel, 'His rediscovery of the art of narrative, of conscious and cunning calculation in telling a story so that the maximum effect of clarity and suspense is achieved, meant the birth of the novel of action as we know it.' But these works also reveal his knowledge and feeling for the Scottish cultural past. During the last years of his life Stevenson's creative range developed considerably, and The Beach of Falesá brought to fiction the kind of scene now associated with Conrad and Maugham. At the time of his death Robert Louis Stevenson was working on his unfinished masterpiece, Weir of Hermiston. He also wrote works of non-fiction, notably his descriptive and historical books on the South Seas area, A Footnote to History (1892) and In the South Seas (1896), as well as his celebrated defence of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who devoted his life to caring for lepers, in Father Damien; an open letter to the Reverend Hyde of Honolulu (1890).

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About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) grew up in Edinburgh. Though his parents wanted him to be a lighthouse engineer and then a lawyer, he always knew he wanted to write. Many of his stories and poems have since become classics, such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. My Shadow is taken from the collection of poems A Child's Garden of Verses, which is based on memories of the poet's own childhood. Penny Dale is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Wake Up, Mr B! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal); Ten in the Bed; Ten Out of Bed and Ten Play Hide and Seek. She has also illustrated several stories by the author Martin Waddell: Once There Were Giants, When the Teddy Bears Came, Rosie's Babies (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal) and Night Night, Cuddly Bear. Penny says of My Shadow, "When I was a child, my favourite shadow was the long, thin, elastic one that came to copy me when the sun was low. This poem captures the curiosity and playfulness of childhood, and gave me an opportunity to play with shadows all over again." Penny lives in Wales with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking rhyme and whimsical mouse illustrations 5 Aug 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Monique Felix's inviting mouse illustrations in Robert Lewis Stevenson's My Shadow provides an inviting mix of rollicking rhyme and whimsical mouse illustrations. Kids will learn a new appreciation of the poetic style will enjoying the mouse's lively adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture book! 26 Feb 2000
By Frequent book purchaser - Published on
MY SHADOW (illustrated by Ted Rand) is on our short list for best picture book. Our four kids all loved the pictures and, of course, the poem. I would recommend the book as a toddler picture book rather than a beginning reader--the pictures are beautiful and engaging and the poem is suitable for little children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Beautiful 30 Nov 2000
By Kathleen Watkins - Published on
This classic poem by Robert Louis Stevenson displayed by wonderful illustrations! Penny Dale's talent shines in the clear pictures, that re a joy to look at over and over again. It only made the poem better for me, and my entire classroom of 5 year olds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Shadow 18 Sep 2010
By W. Blanks - Published on
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I am a first grade teacher who loves to teach poetry. I have tried to use this poem by Robert Louis Stevenson but there were a lot of images and phrases that where beyond the student's imagination. The wonderful pictures by Glenn Lang in this book bring this classic to life for the children. Great tool for teaching rhyming, rich vocabulary, word families, science, and art. Great to follow with an art project where they put themselves in a picture with their own shadow!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My 3 year knows poem by heart, but illustrator's vary 1 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on
I have the Rand (illustrator) version of this book. Unfortunately when I looked to obtain another copy, all the reviews are lumped together so it's hard to determine the best illustrated version.
My 3 year-old absolutely loves the book. It's certainly one of our favorites. Great introduction to classic literature.
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