I remember when my sister first purchased a copy of Fun With Hand Shadows several years ago. I immediately skimmed through it (I fancied myself quite good at making hand shadows, you understand) and tried my hands at a few of the pictures illustrated. I soon found out that I was NOT such a wonderful hand shadow-er, because my fingers got all twisted up. However, if I had persevered, I’m sure I should have made sense of some of them. Because really, the fault could have only been my own. The clarity of the illustrations prove that. =]
Fun With Hand Shadows teaches us how to make twenty seven different shadows. These vary from a swan, to a bull, to several different kinds of dogs, to a goat, to… well, yeah, the list keeps going. Each shadow is pictured exactly as on the front cover; the position of the hands and of each finger is clearly shown as well as the resulting shadow. Also, each shadow is accompanied by a verse of poetry which describes the object being created. The style isn’t exactly nonsense poetry, but it is definitely whimsical. Here are two examples.
“The bull to say the very least, Can be a most ferocious beast; When angry, he may use his horns to gore you. And that is why it makes good sense To duck behind a tree or fence Whenever there’s a bull who’s heading for you.” [pg. 46]
Gives you an idea of the style? Here’s the description of a squirrel.
The squirrel leaps from limb to limb— An exercise that keeps him slim. Maybe you and I should try it – Then we’d never need to diet. [pg. 48]
Conclusion. A fun book. It isn’t exactly a morally strengthening resource, but it will keep inquisitive children busy for a few hours at least.
Review © 2012 Laura Verret