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A Writing Root for My Shadow is Pink

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KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Reception

Literary Theme: Celebrating Self

Author(s): Scott Stuart


Innovated spoken rhymes, questions, notes of advice, lists, instructions

Main Outcome:



10+ sessions, 2+ weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

In this ten-session Writing Root, which we suggest will take 3 weeks to cover, the children arrive to class to find a range of equipment with the potential to cast shadows. There’s a note attached that reads ‘Find your shadow’. Children will explore the concept of shadows and then their sense of self through rhyme. The story, My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart, is shared and children discuss the events before going on to offer advice to the main character. They will make predictions and then decide what the story teaches us. Finally, they are invited by the story’s character to help children starting school by creating a leaflet. Opportunities for phonics teaching is embedded throughout and suggestions for Continuous Provision are also made.

Synopsis of Text:

My Shadow is Pink is a beautifully written rhyming story of love and self-acceptance that touches on the subjects of gender identity, equality and diversity. The reader follows the journey of a young boy who has been born into a family with a long history of blue shadows. He wants to be just like his father, who is big and strong, with a defined blue shadow. However, the boy has an irrepressible pink shadow, and loves ponies and books and pink toys, princesses, fairies, and things 'not for boys'. With the love and acceptance of his father, he learns that everyone at times, has a shadow they wish was different ... and he must embrace his shadow just the way it is.

Text Rationale:

This is an important book which explores issues around identity and self-acceptance. It is a text that challenges gender stereotypes and is inclusive in terms of representing the LGBTQ+ community. It can also be read in conjunction with My Shadow is Purple which explores non-binary gender.  

Links and Themes:

Acceptance, gender, bravery, inner-confidence, love, self-acceptance, shadows

Date written: April 2023

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