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"Gavin Pretor-Pinney'sdreamy and beautiful The Cloud Collector's Handbook will turn your family into cloud chasers and cloud connoisseurs." -My Daily Find.

"I immediately fell in love with The Cloud Collector's Handbook." - Brain Pickings

About the Author

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, a global organization that fights "blue-sky thinking." He is also the co-founder and creative director of The Idler magazine and author of the best-selling The Cloudspotter's Guide. He lives in Somerset, England.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was looking for a way to connect with my 10 yr old grandson. This book
has been just the thing. We have been able to use the book to gain points as
we "collect" different types and formations of clouds. We compare notes and meet
at McDonalds to discuss and see what we have collected. I have learned alot about
clouds and have come to appriciate them more. The book is well written and the
pictures are great. There is even a "cloud" web site to go to. Share a cloud
with your children or grandchildren. It's fun!!
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This little handbook is a great extension from the Cloud Spotter's Guide. It is compact and robust enough to cart around with you, and has the same wit and concise information that made our Founder's guide so enjoyable. It suggests that as you accumulate clouds, you can take photos of them, and link the notes to the photos. This will allow us to compete aggressively with other cloud spotters in amassing beautiful and exotic clouds. I have only just started, but I think this is going to turn me into a cloud connoisseur. The photo examples in the book are very clear, and it has an image index at the back to help you work out what has taken your fancy.
CAS Member No.: 15980
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Who would have thought that you could get so much enjoyment out of a little book about clouds? I got this as a gift and am completely enchanted. I thought I already knew a lot about clouds but this book has taught me so much! In particular, I knew the major groups, but there are dozens of cloud varieties that I am learning to recognize. Fun fun fun!
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Yes, this book was intended to be a handbook to register cloud sightings, a method of identifying clouds by their configurations, and a means to tech not only youngsters but also interested adults the fascinating formations that water and air and sun and moon can create with enough ongoing similarity that they an be classified.

But there is another aspect to this book by Gavin Pretor-Pinney that makes it so special, and that is the fact that it contains some 150 splendid photographs of could formations discussed. These photographs, the courtesy of many photographers around the world, are dramatic and could easily be in a stand-alone book of images as a cloud monograph. So combining the adventure of cloud collection with Pretor-Pinney as guide and consultant together with these world class photographs in rich color makes this a book that would be a welcome addition to the library of anyone who spends time gazing upward - 'Out on the lawn I lie in bed...'(Auden). Grady Harp, May 11
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I saw this in the NY Times and some of the cloud pictures at nytimes online so I recommended it to our kids who have 2 boys 9 yrs & 11 yrs. They took it on a family camping trip to the Florida panhandle, then loaned it to us for a sailing trip (our first sailing trip) in the Virgin Islands. We saw cloud formations we had never seen before--and could identify them! Neat book for any outdoors person or someone like us--retired folks with an apartment balcony and lots of sky.
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this is a great book for cloud enthusiasts it gives you basic knowledge of clouds and helps you understand how the become such beautiful images
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A lot of lovely pictures! Spectacular! Some even ominous and scary! And the little clouds in some of the pictures are so cute! This book is great for an artist, but unfortunately not for someone who is still in school. Some things could lead a student astray and cause him to learn some things wrong in preparation for an exam.

Here are some things that could use some improvement:

(1). The section on Stratocumulus opens with a photo of scattered tall Cumulus clouds (Cumulus congestus). In the caption under this photo, the author says, "When Cumulus clouds become so plentiful that they join together and cover the sky, they are known as Stratocumulus." Although this caption correctly describes a way in which Stratocumulus forms, the caption does not describe the photo. The photo simply shows the wrong cloud type for this section of the book.

(2). The section on Lenticularis opens with a photo of a smooth lenticular cloud just above (perhaps even touching) a ragged patch of low cloud. The sharp upper edge and the lack of a visible fibrous structure in the lenticular cloud suggest that it is a water-droplet cloud, not an ice-crystal cloud. Yet, in the caption, the author says, "Lenticularis species of high Cirrus cloud." If the intent was to show lenticularis at the level of high clouds, it would have been better to aim the camera more horizontally (closer to the horizon) so that the great height of the lenticularis cloud above the lower clouds would be more noticeable.

(3). In the table of "Cumulus Species" in the section on Cumulus, the author describes "Humilis" as "wider than it is tall." I don't think the ratio between width and vertical thickness is a good measure of the species.
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This is a cute collectors book about collecting clouds. The beauty is you leave them in the sky but mark down in the book when you have seen certain clouds, like birdwatching.
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