Monday, September 19, 2011

Cloudette - Book Introduction

Good day, fair readers. The Queen here with another enchanting book about a little cloud that could. 

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805087761
Genre: Fiction Picture Book

Author and illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

    Book Summary From Booklist
Diminutive cumulus Cloudette appreciates the advantages of her size, except when the bigger clouds show off by creating significant weather. After being blown to a new neighborhood by a particularly violent thunderstorm, she meets a frog in need of a pond. Summoning all her energy, she generates a respectable downpour, filling a frog-worthy habitat. 

Queen's Take on this Book:
A delightful read providing an opportunity to discuss that even when one is small, that doesn't mean one isn't capable of doing good to help others.  

The soft, water-color illustrations are pleasing to the eye. Cloudette's story of wanting to do something big and important is an inspiration to the littles who think they are too small to make a difference. Cloudette shows us that even the small can be helpful in small, significant ways.

This is a must read!  

Discussion Questions:

  • Use this book to discuss that even small acts of kindness make a big difference to someone who's world seems to have dried up. 
  • Look at the various clouds in the book and figure out what kind they are. You might want to go look them up. 
  • What other ways do you think Cloudette will find to help others? Look at the last page, what possibilities lay on the horizon? 
  • "Brainstorm ways you can make a difference to those around you? Being helpful to friends and teachers? Helping with chores around the house? Always looking for ways to show random acts of kindness? 

I found my copy of this book at the local library. I encourage you to get yours and come back on Wednesday for some stormy adventure activities. 

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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