Mini Review: Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara

Title Hortense and the Shadow
Author Natalia and Lauren O’Hara
Genre Fantasy, Children’s
Format ebook, hardcover
Page Length 32 pages
Publication Date 7 Nov 2017
Publisher Puffin
Read Date 15 Nov 2017
Rating 5.742369 stars – Recommended

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.

Well, this was totally adorable!

Me and my 8yr old niece enjoy reading stories to each other, so I am always on the lookout for a good children’s book. This was a good children’s book. The story is of a little girl, Hortense, that decides to cut off her shadow as she doesn’t like it and thinks it doesn’t like her. When bandits attack, Hortense’s shadow helps scare them off and Hortense decides she likes her shadow again.

This is super cute. A lovely story exploring the need to love oneself and all that comes with that. The setting is wonderful, a medieval snowy environment. This is a short, easy, but sweet and highly enjoyable folk tale. The artwork throughout is simply stunning. So much so, I ordered a couple of prints to display in my office.

Maddie’s thoughts (8yr old niece):
“It was beautiful. It is so peaceful and lovely. 5 stars.”

We enjoyed it so much we decided to buy a hardcover version to add to the children’s book collection.

Anyway, we’re off to frolic in the woods. Peace and Love.

I received a copy of this from Netgalley. My thanks to the publisher for this opportunity. This is my honest review.

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  1. Agree on the art- you’re making me want t get some of those illustrations as well… I have a 2017 calendar which by an Estonian artist Navitrolla and I can’t wait for the year to end so I can put those lovely images on my walls 🙂

    Very cool that you read it with your niece and added her comment into the review 🙂

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