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With whimsical, dreamlike illustrations, award-winning artist Matt Mahurin presents the wonder and beauty of clouds and the many forms they take in our imaginations.

"What are clouds made of, and why do they float? Are skies the water and clouds the boat?"
From cotton candy that melts in your mouth to comfy cushions where birds take their naps, clouds take on many shapes in our imaginations. This whimsical picture book by newcomer Robert Walker and acclaimed illustrator Matt ...

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Overview

With whimsical, dreamlike illustrations, award-winning artist Matt Mahurin presents the wonder and beauty of clouds and the many forms they take in our imaginations.

"What are clouds made of, and why do they float? Are skies the water and clouds the boat?"
From cotton candy that melts in your mouth to comfy cushions where birds take their naps, clouds take on many shapes in our imaginations. This whimsical picture book by newcomer Robert Walker and acclaimed illustrator Matt Mahurin takes young readers on a fantastic journey through the skies, leading them eventually to sleep: "I know what they are, I've figured it out. Clouds are just dreams that wander about . . ."

Rhyming text invites the reader to muse on the origin and nature of clouds.

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K-Gr 3-Are clouds "the exhaust from alien ships/that leave puffy trails/when they go on their trips?" or cotton candy for giants or, maybe, "cushions/where birds take their naps,/resting their wings/and hiding from cats?" Walker's creative musings are engaging and readers can't help but join in the fun. Mahurin's amusing illustrations have a surreal quality that fits perfectly with the fanciful text. Colors are calming, with lots of blue skies and cottony clouds. This book would work beautifully with Charles Green Shaw's It Looked Like Spilt Milk (HarperCollins, 1947) for teaching a unit on clouds, but don't limit the enjoyment to young children. Keep a copy around for a quick mental-health break. Or grab a blanket and go outside to build your own cumulus fantasies. This book is a no-carb, guilt-free escape for anyone with a head in the clouds.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Falling between Charles G. Shaw's elemental It Looked Like Spilt Milk (1947) and the sophistication of Pat Cummings's C.L.O.U.D.S. (1986) or David Wiesner's Sector 7 (1999), this rhymed reverie considers what clouds might be: cotton candy? Ice cream for angels? mashed potatoes? " . . . whirling wind / in a swirl-away rush?" Father Time's beard? No, the youngest of several narrators concludes as, in Mahurin's final richly colored, soft-focus scene, she snuggles down on a pillow, "Clouds are just dreams . . . that wander about." Walker's rhyming isn't always sure-"Are clouds comfy cushions / where birds take their naps, / resting their wings / and hiding from cats?"-but he displays an active imagination, and Mahurin catches his dreamy tone perfectly, adding further buoyancy with vivid lighting and dashes of wit. (Picture book. 6-8)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780439688796
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    One of the best books i've read in a long time

    This book is outstanding and my children love to read this book every night before bed. I hope this author writes more wonderful books like this one.

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