Cloudette

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Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?

This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size. Young children will find much to relate to in Cloudette as they ...

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Overview

Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?

This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size. Young children will find much to relate to in Cloudette as they follow her on her pursuit for greatness.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lichtenheld, the illustrator of Shark vs. Train, turns in a quieter story about a small cloud and her search for a place to fit in (if the scenario recalls 2007's The Police Cloud, rest assured Cloudette stands on her own). It's not that she isn't popular with the larger clouds—"Everybody called her cute little names"—but that she wants to do things like "make a waterfall fall," things that are "big and important." And bigger clouds have a monopoly on creating storms, watering crops, and replenishing rivers. Sprinkled with punny jokes, Lichtenheld's polished spreads show Cloudette as a simple, scalloped-edged puff who looks mighty dejected as she tries to be useful. "Sorry, it's all done by machines," explains a man outside a marvelously retro car wash. Cloudette eventually finds a fine place to rain and gathers a raft of admiring comments. That Cloudette is neither bullied nor intimidated is an important point; she's the one who feels she has a special gift to give, and she solves her problem independently. Neatly constructed and nicely pitched, the message of self-reliance comes through as clear as a cloudless day. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
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“Her [Cloudette] tale raises questions relevant to little children: Is there anything good about being small? Will I ever be as good as the big kids? What do clouds do anyway? They’ll like the answers.” The New York Times Book Review

"Cloudette gives a sky-high and playful perspective on our atmosphere and giving the world all that we have." —UrbanBaby.com

“Little people who feel small and want to do important things will be inspired by Cloudette and will cheer when she finds her own pond-making mission.” —BookPage

“Lichtenheld’s depictions of Cloudette puffing herself up for a fulsome downpour will delight children, and funny turns of phrase (“Even the higher-ups were impressed”) will engage adults, too.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Reminiscent of the determination and courage of The Little Engine That Could, this title delivers its message with charm.” –School Library Journal

“The creator of Bridget’s Beret (2010) offers here another appealing story featuring a plucky heroine. Applying a full-color palette to his watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil cartoons, Lichtenheld makes use of varying page space and panel techniques to add subtle details to his narrative.” –Booklist

“That Cloudette is neither bullied nor intimidated is an important point; she's the one who feels she has a special gift to give, and she solves her problem independently. Neatly constructed and nicely pitched, the message of self-reliance comes through as clear as a cloudless day.” –Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
Cloudette is a very small cloud with a lot of advantages. She is able to sneak through tight places, she can hide in small places, she has a lot of little friends and she even has the best views to watch fireworks. She even has a special place to rest at night. One day Cloudette looks at the big rainstorm clouds and suddenly she wants to do something very big. Not knowing what to do, she starts to look high and low for a way to do something very big. On her journey, she discovers new friends, new adventures, and eventually her own happiness. Readers will feel like their heads are in the clouds with this endearing story. In typical picture book structure, the main character needs to figure out problems on her own in order to grow and in Cloudette's case, literally grow. A sweet story of perseverance and finding one's purpose in life will delight many readers, especially adults. Lichtenheld's illustrations are vivid and engaging. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Reminiscent of the determination and courage of The Little Engine That Could, this title delivers its message with charm. A petite cloud believes that she is not big enough to accomplish what the big clouds can: provide enough rain to water crops or replenish a flowing waterfall or river. She is inspired by the accomplishments and "good-natured" acts of her larger kin and wants to have a positive effect on the Earth. She floats over a dried-up pond with one little frog hoping for enough rain to revive it. Can Cloudette move beyond what she believes are her limitations and do great things? Lively illustrations in ink, pastels, colored pencils, and watercolors create engaging spreads and characters that tell a story above and beyond the narrative. For example Cloudette's eyes and mouth grow tighter and her color changes from white to gray to black as she builds up enough steam to form that much-needed cloudburst. A few themes emerge for discussions in this multifaceted book, and there are plenty of details for children to discover. An excellent choice for a storytime or classroom. Well done.—Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
Lichtenheld takes a charming turn with the "tiny but mighty" theme. Cloudette usually enjoys being small—she can cavort with birds and kites, and hide between skyscrapers. But she's wistful when other clouds do big things, like create cold fronts and water crops. Her imagination yields lots of wishes, depicted in ink-and-watercolor spot illustrations. "[S]he thought nothing would be more fun than giving some kids a day off from school," accompanies a snowscape with banks billowing up to the windows of the school and buses clearly going nowhere. No one seems to need a little cloud, but when she's blown clear out of her neighborhood, she's welcomed by new friends—an eagle, a bear and fluffy cumuli. She spies a frog in a former pond, now just a puddle of cracked mud, and has a helpful "brainstorm." Lichtenheld's depictions of Cloudette puffing herself up for a fulsome downpour will delight children, and funny turns of phrase ("Even the higher-ups were impressed") will engage adults, too. The whimsy would nicely complement a preschool or primary weather unit. The author even uses rainwater for the watercolor pictures. ("Thank you, clouds," he writes in the media statement.) Sweet and sunny. (Picture book. 3-7)
Kirkus Reviews
Lichtenheld takes a charming turn with the "tiny but mighty" theme. Cloudette usually enjoys being small—she can cavort with birds and kites, and hide between skyscrapers. But she's wistful when other clouds do big things, like create cold fronts and water crops. Her imagination yields lots of wishes, depicted in ink-and-watercolor spot illustrations. "[S]he thought nothing would be more fun than giving some kids a day off from school," accompanies a snowscape with banks billowing up to the windows of the school and buses clearly going nowhere. No one seems to need a little cloud, but when she's blown clear out of her neighborhood, she's welcomed by new friends—an eagle, a bear and fluffy cumuli. She spies a frog in a former pond, now just a puddle of cracked mud, and has a helpful "brainstorm." Lichtenheld's depictions of Cloudette puffing herself up for a fulsome downpour will delight children, and funny turns of phrase ("Even the higher-ups were impressed") will engage adults, too. The whimsy would nicely complement a preschool or primary weather unit. The author even uses rainwater for the watercolor pictures. ("Thank you, clouds," he writes in the media statement.) Sweet and sunny. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805087765
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 116,575
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Lichtenheld has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Bridget’s Beret; Everything I Know about Pirates; and What Are You So Grumpy About?. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling book, Duck! Rabbit!, which he created with Amy Krouse Rosenthal. He lives in Geneva, Illinois, with his wife, Jan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    I absolutely adore this book. I love the ¿coloring book¿ illustr

    I absolutely adore this book. I love the “coloring book” illustrations and the characters. They have a lifelike personality and are humorous. Each pages is wonderfully woven together to create an enticing book for readers of every age. I like how the author hides details throughout the pages so that you are able to let your eyes wonder, because you never know what you might find. Tom Lichtenheld is an amazing author and illustrator and I would recommend this book to many. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Cute book

    Cute book

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

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    Adorable!

    I loved this book, and im 14. Ive always loved kids books like this. The illustrations were so cute and so was the story. It actually made me laugh in some parts and i smiled after reading it. Definately reccomend it! :)

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

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    Absolutely Adorable

    I love children's books that are not condescending. This one definitely hits that mark spot on. Witty humor that will be appreciated by adults and kids alike. Sends a good message out without being overly sappy.

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