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Cloudette BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Lichtenheld, Tom
ISBN: 1627795014     ISBN-13: 9781627795012
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
    OUR PRICE: $7.20  
Product Type: Board Book - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
Annotation: Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something as big and important as the other clouds, in a charming board book that goes to the heart of what it means to make a difference, no matter your size.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Clouds; Fiction.
Size; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2016015120
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 6.80" W x 0.60" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
While Cloudette doesn't mind being small, she aspires to do something big-cloud important, like make a garden grow or a waterfall flow. When she comes across a desperate frog in a dried-out pond, she finally finds her inspiration--and lets loose. Invitingly unfussy mixed-media illustrations, heavy on the sky-blue, and thoughtful book design, including entertaining cloud-peanut-gallery comments, give flavor to Cloudette's journey. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 January #1)

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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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 February)

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

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