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Chasing Shadows, with its sparse wording, epitomises the grieving child’s experience of being disjointed, disconnected and fearful of further loss. It is always difficult to watch a child lost in sadness, but when is the right time to fill that void with a new love? When is it time to chase the shadows away?
Chasing Shadows takes a serious look at childhood grief, how well-meaning adults might try to make things better and the sheer unbounded joy of a young pet. While shadows of grief can trap a child’s heart, the real world still beckons, inviting courage and adventure to those who dare.
Hannah Somerville takes up the rhythm and beat of Corrinne Fenton’s minimalist text, adding a puppy’s joy to the shadow-lines of the grieving household. Together, Corrinne and Hannah weave a gentle tale of grief and recovery, thus filling a gap in the contemporary storytelling market.
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Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Corinne Fenton
Illustrator: Hannah Somerville
Publisher: Ford St Publishing, $26.95 RRP
Publication Date: March 2014
For ages: 5 +
Type: Picture Book