Hortense and the Shadow

Hortense and the Shadow

Summary

"Through the dark and wolfish woods,
through the white and silent snow,
lived a small girl called Hortense.
Though kind and brave, she was sad as an owl because of one thing . . .
Hortense hated her shadow."

A beautifully illustrated dark fairy tale that will remind you of the fables you read as a child. A treasure not to be missed.

Reviews

  • This stunning debut from the O'Hara sisters draws on classic fairy stories and fables, along with their Eastern European heritage. It's both classic and contemporary all at once - a picture book to cherish and a duo to watch.
    Books with Baby

About the authors

Natalia O’Hara

Natalia and Lauren are two sisters from the North of England. In the daytime they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairytales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. Hortense and the Shadow is their first picture book.
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Lauren O'Hara (Illustrator)

Natalia and Lauren are two sisters from the North of England. In the daytime they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairytales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. Hortense and the Shadow is their first picture book.
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