hortense and the shadow
Hortense is a kind and brave girl, but she is sad–even angry–that her shadow follows her everywhere she goes. She doesn't like her shadow, and thinks her shadow must not like her too. But one 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.