© Theresa Radcliffe, 1993, Illustrations copyright © John Butler, 1993
"It was early summer in the forest. The leaves on the old oak tree had opened at last. Beyond the oak tree was a thicket of brambles and some young hazel trees and here, hidden in a hollow under the bramble bushes, lay Shadow the deer."
Shadow is hungry and thirsty. She, however, must wait for evening before she can safely leave the shelter - she has a three day old fawn sleeping beside her. When evening arrives, Shadow presses her fawn's head down with her nose. The fawn instinctively knows that he must lie very still while his mother is gone.
During my first week blogging, I featured Bashi, Elephant Baby from this six book series about the harrowing first days of life of various wild animals. I recently reread the entire series to the kids, upon their insistence in one sitting. I was once again reminded of how great the books are. I thought I would feature Shadow the Deer in order to gush more about Theresa Radcliffe's story and showcase more of
John Butler's impressively realistic illustrations. The stories are
suspenseful but always end happily with the mommas successfully protecting
their babies against various predators. As I mentioned in my earlier
post, these books are out of print, but you can find them used online.
Truly a superb series with gorgeous artwork!