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Shadow’s Unexpected Adventure, by Mary Clark Dalton | Dedicated Review

Review sponsored by Mary Clark Dalton
The Children’s Book Review | July 3, 2018

Shadow's Unexpected AdventureShadow’s Unexpected Adventure

Written by Mary Clark Dalton

Illustrated by Adrienne Anderson

Age Range: 5-8

Hardcover: 70 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2018)

ISBN: 978-1987770377

What to expect: Moral Values, Birds, Adventure, Seasons

Shadow’s Unexpected Adventure is a short illustrated story about two birds with the desire to trade places. Their adventure proves that even the best-laid plans aren’t always foolproof.

Shadow is a redwing blackbird. His best friend, Bright Eyes, is a bluebird. This means that when winter comes, Bright Eyes flies south for warmer weather, while Shadow stays put and endures the colder weather. When together, they  often exchange stories of how they each spend their winters. They both love the thought of experiencing what the other has shared in their stories: snow and ice vs. sand and sun. So they formulate a plan—a plan that will not be easy, but could possibly be pulled off with a little imagination and trickery.

Author Mary Clark Dalton specializes in telling stories with moral values. Shadow’s Unexpected Adventureweaves its way through character descriptions, scenes, and dialog between the birds and their fathers, which enables young readers to easily follow along with the plot. The story includes some subtle and some not-so-subtle life lessons:

  • If you make a mistake, use your experience to help others avoid making the same mistake.
  • If you are ever having second thoughts, be brave and stand up to a friend with your honest feelings.
  • The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

This chirpy story—along with the folk-vibe, colorful illustrations—will appeal to young readers ages 5-8 that enjoy well-planned adventures.

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About the Author

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Mary Clark Dalton

Mary Clark Dalton lives in Stanleytown, Virginia with her husband Keith.  She has two grown children Brent and Amanda.  She also has three adorable grandsons.  She has a great love for children and longs to help them make the right decisions in life . Her stories are longer than the typical children’s book, with the goal of helping children learn to love reading while enjoying an exciting adventure.  She believes every child can reach their full potential with encouragement and leadership.  It is her desire that through her stories children will learn moral values that will stay with them the rest of their lives.  You can visit her website at www.maryclarkdalton.com, or find her books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online sites.

About the Illustrator

Adrienne Anderson grew up in Martinsville, Virginia before studying at Virginia Commonwealth University.  After graduating with a BFA, she took the long way back home to pursue her dreams of becoming an artist.

Now a parent, Ms. Anderson works from home as an artist and freelance illustrator.  She works in traditional media to create whimsical children’s book illustrations.

Dedicated Reviews allow authors and illustrators to gain prompt visibility for their work. Mary Clark Dalton sponsored this non-biased review of “Shadow’s Unexpected Adventure.” Learn more about getting a book review …

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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