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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Rabbit and the Shadow (The)
by Melanie Rutten
Age Range: 6-8
This is a story of a Rabbit who wants to grow up, an anxious and caring Stag, a Soldier at war, a Cat who keeps having the same dream, a Book who wants to know everything and a Shadow.
Divided into ten short chapters, Belgian author and illustrator Mélanie Rutton’s whimsical tale is rich with meaning in both the poetic text and the stunning visual language that has been beautifully translated by award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone. The vibrant and exquisite illustrations with their unusual layout of short bursts of text placed under or beside different sized vignettes dotted throughout the page are followed by full-page images, all in delicate pen-and-ink watercolour that are so full of expression and rich saturated colour.
An absolutely charming picture book; The Rabbit and the Shadow is about growing up, love and loss, about facing fear and the challenges of life. It’s also about the importance and the power of love.