"The illustrations are rendered in ink, pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor. The water part of the watercolor was collected in a bucket during a rainstorm, so this book is partially made of clouds. Thank you, clouds."A cloud book made partially of clouds? A must read!
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld. Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books (March 2011); ISBN 9780805087765; 40 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library
"Cloudette was a cloud. A very small cloud. Usually, Cloudette didn't mind being smaller than the average cloud. In fact, being small had lots of advantages."
Though Cloudette is content with her small size, she still wishes she could do "big and important" things like the other clouds -- cloud things like watering crops and making rivers flow. She is so small that she fits comfortably in the crook of the crescent-shaped moon and she's especially good at hide and seek, but what she wants most of all is to be able to help out in a big way. She finds out she just needs a little push!
It seems Cloudette isn't the only one that can productively brainstorm and create perfection and happiness. Clever books seem to pour of out Lichtenheld's mind, and we love each one. His books entertain both adult and child alike with witty dialog that accompanies the text, thoughtful word play and neatly drawn illustrations packed with tiny, often humorous details. After the first read, we went back just to make sure we didn't miss anything, like the cow perched on the moon or the "higher-up" that uses alliteration.
Lichtenheld's book got its start in a little way, kind of like Cloudette, with just two little scraps of paper. Cloudette provides a great example for kids and shows how something small can produce big results with the appropriate impetus.
P.S. Don't miss the UPC Code on the back and the rocket reference on the copyright page...the book is full of little surprises (Cloudette included)!
Tom Lichtenheld Website
Where'd That Little Cloud Come From? - MacKids blog
Happy Birthday Author - blog post
It rained here this week so we had a nice puddle on our driveway just waiting for an art project. We couldn't let that little gift from the clouds go to waste! Inspired by Lichtenheld, the kids gathered up our watercolor supplies and headed outside to paint watercolor clouds using the rainwater.
The kids wanted to animate their clouds so they drew faces -- a happy cloud for one side and a stormy cloud for the other side. We let the painted clouds dry outside and after the clouds finished drying the kids attached paint stirrers so that could pretend to make their clouds float in the sky. With the addition of few raindrops on strings, the little clouds can "let it pour" and do big things.
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