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Posted August 4, 2000
Read Books to Your Child for Bonding and Intellect!
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, you child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute. To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Little Cloud was one of her picks. Little Cloud decides to travel to see what is on the other side of the mountain. Little Cloud's friends are concerned for his safety. He may get lost. Little Cloud floats away anyway. He runs into the eye of Mean Mountain who tells him to go away. Little Cloud floated past him because Little Cloud was not afraid. On the other side he found a valley where everything was drying up. A tree asked for some rain, but Little Cloud was too small to help. Little Cloud learned that Mean Mountain kept all of the clouds away. Little Cloud decided to help. He grabbed a ride on a airplane's tail until he got over the ocean. There he found lots of clouds, and told them about the valley and Mean Mountain. They filled up with water and went to Mean Mountain who tossed rocks at them. Little Cloud let out a bolt of lightning that knocked off Mean Mountain's nose, and the clouds went on to rain on the valley. Little Cloud stayed there from then on and lived happily, becoming a bigger cloud. The book encourages a sense of healthy adventure in a child. One should not be concerned about vague fears, but go to find out for yourself. The book also suggests that others may need your help. As a child, you may not be able to do much alone, but by talking with others you may be able to gather additional allies who can make a difference. Mean Mountain is the archetypal bully, all bluff and bluster with little substance. You can talk about how to handle bullies in the context of this story with your child. Finally, the book also develops the theme of satisfactions from helping others. This can help a child begin to thing about her or his purpose in life. Please use this book to discuss issues that you think your child may be concerned about, such as separation from you and your family. You'll be glad you addressed these fears before they grow to be too large for your child.
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Posted March 26, 2010
Another great creation by Eric Carle
Eric Carle never disappoints us! He has the most beautifully simple illustrations and stories. They are easily understood by children and deeply pondered by adults. In my opinion, he is magical, multi-talented, and ingenious in his approach to writing and illustrating children's books. This one is very sweet!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2010
The story was not as engaging as I thought it would be, however, there is a little science lesson for young children. I feel that taking the story outside to study real clouds helps spark the imagination about what little children SEE when they look at clouds.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.