Little Cloud

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The clouds drift across the bright blue sky--all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle's trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud.

A little cloud becomes all sorts of things--sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat--before joining other clouds and raining.

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Overview

The clouds drift across the bright blue sky--all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle's trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud.

A little cloud becomes all sorts of things--sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat--before joining other clouds and raining.

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"Carle's luminous collage art features broad, swirling strokes reminiscent of finger painting. As minimalist as the text, these images may well inspire kids to cast more creative glances at the sky." --Publishers Weekly

"Simplicity itself....A perfect story-hour choice [that] segues nicely into a trip outside to look at the sky." --Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A minor addition to Carle's lengthy list of child-captivating titles, this lean tale introduces a cloud that changes itself into a handful of shapes. Calling upon memories of objects it has seen, Little Cloud becomes a plane, a shark, trees, a rabbit and a clown before rejoining its peers. At this point they do what clouds are apt to do when they get together: "Then all the clouds changed into one big cloud and rained!" Popping out from a textured background of rich turquoise, Carle's luminous collage art features broad, swirling strokes reminiscent of fingerpainting. As minimalist as the text, these images may well inspire kids to cast more creative glances at the sky. Although the conceit is imaginative, the execution lacks the inventiveness and extra sparkle of such Carle classics as the "Very" quartet. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Have you every lain back on the grass, looking at clouds and deciphering their shapes in your imagination? Eric Carle, with his simplistic illustrations, has done just that in this board book. As the clouds go by, Little Cloud trails behind, touching the tops of trees, transforming himself into a sheep, airplane, hat, and the like. Finally he rejoins the other clouds, ending the cloud journey with rain. Blues, greens, and whites are predominately featured in the full-page illustrations. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A familiar story line involving the whimsical world of ever-changing shapes in the sky. Little Cloud drifts away from his wispy friends and entertains himself by changing into a variety of forms-a lamb, an airplane, a shark, a clown, etc.-before joining the others to form one big cloud that rains. Charles Shaw's It Looked Like Spilt Milk (HarperCollins, 1947) explores a similar theme. While the concept is not unique, the style is definitely Carle's own. His trademark painted cut-paper collages are eye-catching and appealing. Children will enjoy the simple text and the colorful illustrations.-Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698118300
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 50,249
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    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!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Toddler science.

    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.

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