Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld - Review and Using Rainwater to Paint a Cloud Craft

I always glance at the copyright page when reading a book -- you know, the part that contains all information like the Library of Congress Cataloging Data, edition and publication date. That part usually is not all that thrilling, but sometimes, SOMETIMES when the author feels particularly creative, the page will contain special little hidden messages. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld is a perfect example. Here's the illustration description on the copyright page:
"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)!

Related Links:
Tom Lichtenheld Website
Where'd That Little Cloud Come From? - MacKids blog
Happy Birthday Author - blog post

▪ ■ ▪ stArt craft - Using Rainwater to Paint a Cloud ▪ ■ ▪

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.

Shibley Smiles

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Christy Killoran said...

That book sounds wonderful! I love your craft too - my kids would love to use rainwater to paint!

Janet said...

Oh my goodness -- I love the craft! I've never heard of the book, but I'm going to look for it.

Jen said...

Oh, it looks like such a cute book and craft! Thanks for the book suggestion over at Creative and Curious.. I added it to the others and linked to you. :)


librarian pirate said...

!!! I didn't know there was a new Tom Lichtenheld book out! I love him so very much! Sorry for all the exclamation points, he just makes me very happy. I went and grabbed this off the shelf as soon as I read your review and as luck would have it I'm planning a weather storytime right now and am plopping this into my storytime basket for next week right away. (And I'm totally going to do this craft at home with my own girls. My 4 year old is obsessed with clouds!)

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

This post just makes me happy--from the fun CIP data in the front of the book to the wonderful craft. This looks like a must-read. Thanks so much for linking up!

RedTedArt said...

Oh oh oh! How sweet! I love these rainclouds. Not only do they look ADORABLE - like REALLY ADORABLE - but I love that you used rainwater. How lovely!

As always, a big thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty!!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds like fun! I love hidden messages.

This post counts as a entry in the June edition of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Michelle said...

This looks like such a cute book and I love the art project to go with it, painting with rainwater, outside in the puddle would be so much fun.. I know Emily would get such a kick out of doing it! Thanks for the great idea and book suggestion.

Thank you for linking up to stART!!!

Unknown said...

Looks fun! It doesn't rain anymore here in Texas though :(

You won a giveaway at 5 Minutes for Mom, and I hadn't heard from you. I'm going to resend the email. Please reply ASAP!


Isil Simsek said...

This looks like a beautiful book. I will look it up at our library. Many thanks for linking up to Book Sharing Monday.I would love it if you add a link to your post,too and please come back tomorrow :)