So finally our book order came in from Barnes& Nobles. What Makes A Shadow by Clyde Robert Bulla. It is in the Let's -Read- And- Find- Out Science series Stage 1. My son has been scared to sleep at night when he sees the shadows and becomes afraid of the images. I wanted to give him a clear understanding of what he was actually seeing on the walls in his bedroom at night. I came across this book and found out that they only published this book library binding. My library didn't have this book availiable so I anxiously waited for it to be avaliable at Barnes & Nobles. The story is wonderful and fact based. Throughout the story it gives plenty examples of shadows and a kid friendly explanation to What Makes A Shadow.
Here is a photo of the cover of the book.
First thing the book points out is when the sun is shining everything and everybody has a shadow.
There is a dark place where the sun does not shine through. The darkness is the shadow. The book then invites you to look for shadows.
The sun shines on one side of the earth. The other side is in shadow.
Now after reading this book we the begin looking through this book to learn the Art of Shadow Casting.
DJ picked his favorite two shadows from the book. This is the Dove.
This is the Snake.
Now it is time to put on his own shadow puppet theatre.
This is his background stencils to choose from.
DJ putting on his first shadow puppet theatre show.
This reminded me of a stunning work of Art that About A Girl did with her daughter L. It is called The Carnivals Of Animals Part Two. Sorry I wasn't able to link to the exact post. I showed this to DJ and he is truly inspired to do more shadow art.
The best thing that came from this presentation about shadows is that when he was done with his performance he said " I wasn't even scared when I was doing that".
I am linking this post to A MOMMY'S ADVENTURES where you can find art projects done by children inspired by books it is called StArt. I am also linking this to Science Sunday hosted by ADVENTURES IN MOMMYDOM where you can find children doing lots of science related activities.