Marcia Brown and Blaise Cendrars

“Find out how the past and present collide in this fascinating African tale of Shadow, which features beautifully creepy illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Marcia Brown.

Shadow has no shadow of its own.

It emerges at night to scavenge near the fires.

Even the dancers enjoy mingling with it.

It is thus a prowler and a dancer.

Learn about the spooky translation of Blaise Cendrars’ poem on the rich history of African shamans and storytellers fading into memory. Marcia Brown’s exquisite collage pictures, which were inspired by her travels through Africa, beautifully capture the ambiance and drama of a life that has been overtaken and captivated by Shadow—both current beliefs and ghosts from the past.”