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Little cloud, by Eric Carle

Label
Little cloud
Title
Little cloud
Statement of responsibility
by Eric Carle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A little cloud becomes all sorts of things--sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat--before joining other clouds and raining
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Books for Youth, For the Young: Ages 3-5. Carle, who has been writing and illustrating pictures books for almost 40 years, proves that his touch is as sure as ever in this book about a cloud and the shapes it takes on. The format is simplicity itself. Against a heavenly blue background, a little cloud transforms itself. In one spread it turns into a sheep, in another a shark, in a third a rabbit. It even becomes a clown's hat, and then the whole clown. When it joins up with the other clouds, they turn dark together, and then it begins to rain. The oversize format features textured collage cloud shapes that take up almost the whole spread. With only one line of text per spread and such easy-to-see pictures, this qualifies as a perfect story hour choice--and segues nicely into a trip outside to look up at the sky. ((Reviewed April 1, 1996)) -- Ilene Cooper
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • A sophisticated idea deftly packed into a simple text. Little Cloud drifts away from its flock and turns into different shapes: sheep, airplane, trees, clown. Carle (A Very Lonely Firefly, 1995, etc.) has created a memorable protagonist and an appropriately abstract and formless plot. The text is printed on background the color of sky, on which appear clouds: familiar fluffy shapes covered with white and icy blue brushstrokes. As usual, Carle employs a limited number of elements, each under tight control. This restraint is precisely what gives the book its overall depth, imparting to the story and pictures a sense of possibility. The result is a philosophical suggestion, scaled to a child's sensibility, as open to interpretation as the passing clouds. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 1996)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
103645
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Carle, Eric
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.C21476
LC item number
Li 1996
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Clouds
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Little cloud, by Eric Carle
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
31 cm.
Extent
1 v.
Isbn
9780399230349
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
95038119
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399230349
  • (OCoLC)33009454
Label
Little cloud, by Eric Carle
Publication
Dimensions
31 cm.
Extent
1 v.
Isbn
9780399230349
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
95038119
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399230349
  • (OCoLC)33009454

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