My Shadow – and A Rock

I recently borrowed ‘My Shadow’ from the library – a picture book version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem that I adored as a child. (Anyone else?) For some reason, it was very hard to find the illustrator’s name (?) but I finally did – low on the back cover. Robert Louis Stevenson (who was credited on front cover and title page, as well as back cover) did such a splendid job on the poem, so many years ago – but Sara Sanchez did a fabulous job illustrating it!

I especially love what Sara Sanchez did with the so-tricky last page. 🙂

This blog is a quick shoutout to Sara Sanchez! And of course, the master, Robert Louis Stevenson.

My Shadow

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.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
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Day 251

Watch Day 251 of 365 Days of Reading (video version).

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Laura is hosting Poetry Friday this week. And what a thrill I had recently when I was walking through my small-town library and discovered this!

What a gorgeous book! Who knew the humble rock could be so many things? Personally, I love the food grinder. 🙂 I’m so thrilled that someone on the other side of the world threw a rock … and it landed in my library. Just perfect.

Needless to say, I love my local libraries! (Yes – I love them so much, I have multiple. :P) Happy Poetry Friday!

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22 comments

  1. What a visual feast you’ve shared! “My Shadow” is always a delight, and Sara Sanchez’s illustrations are inspired. I loved seeing them all in the video–great end papers and such a clever final page! I haven’t read “A Rock Can Be…” but love Laura’s “A Leaf Can Be…” Thanks for the sneak peek and the reminder to check that one out as well.

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  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. You’re so right. The illustrations are darling. I did not know that poem before. For some reason I have some really major poetry “holes” in my background. I think I’m going to spend some time this week with Robert Louis Stevenson! A delight, as always to visit here.

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  3. I hope I can find this “shadow” book, Kat. I’ve taught the poem in part to my grand-girls, & it is special to all of us. You’re lucky to find Laura’s wonderful book. Now I hope you’ll find the others, too! Thanks for sharing this beautifully illustrated book! FYI-It is at my nearby library, so I’ll check it out tomorrow!

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  4. I remember reading Stevenson in a beautifully illustrated collection when I was young, but I don’t remember this particular poem–what fun! And I can’t believe your local library has a copy of ROCK CAN BE… That is just…astounding. I am so happy about that. Thank you for sharing it here:>)

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  5. These are treats. I’ve never seen either, although I’ve read that poem by Stevenson before. I love how she illustrated the last page. I love that Laura is hosting today, and you’ve managed to highlight a book of hers. You are a steady, shining light in Poetry Friday.

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  6. Oh, I haven’t read that poem in forever – what a treat! And you are so right about those masterful illustrations. So very clever. (& happy that ROCK rolled all the way to you from this side of the world.)
    My shadow and I will enjoy thinking on this post all day…. :0)

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  7. Yes, Sara Sanchez did an exceptional job imagining that final line! And…WOW! So cool that LPS was found in your local library! (I have multiple favorites, too!!)

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  8. Like so many English-language poets, A Child’s Garden of Verses was my first book of poetry. I was wrapt! I don’t know this picture book, but I’d love to see more of the poems from that collection made into stand alone books.

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