Reasons to read… Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O’Hara & Lauren O’Hara (Illustrations)

A haunting, original fairy tale from two dazzling debut picture book talents, in the spirit of Neil Gaiman and Carson Ellis.

Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad–even angry–that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She hates her shadow, and thinks her shadow must hate her too. But one cold, dark night, when bandits surprise her in the woods, Hortense discovers that her shadow is the very thing she needs most.

This stunningly illustrated story stirs the soul with its compelling, subtle exploration of self-esteem, self-identity, and finding inner strength.

How did I get the book? Christmas Present

Genre: Picture Book

Reasons to read:

  • Lovely story about acceptance
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Fairy-tale atmosphere while reading

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