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Little Cloud Hardcover – April 16, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 390 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (April 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399230343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399230349
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Board book
This is a cute and fun book. I don't usually choose Eric Carle books, but this is one of the best books I've read to my almost-2 year old this year. Even my 5 year old likes it. Fun, imaginative, and we really like the little face on Little Cloud in the beginning of the story. This small/medium board book size is a plus, too, easy for little hands.
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A great book for the imagination. It inspired us to go outside and see what shapes our "Little Clouds" were becoming.
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I normally love the Eric Carle books. My son usually loves them as well. This book is not my favorite, nor is it my son's favorite. I don't feel this is a good representation of his work.
The pictures are very cute and the idea is very imaginative.
However, the story itself is very clunky and is a bit much for a toddler to sit through. We just look at the pictures and don't try to really read the words.
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Format: Paperback
This book by Eric Carle is a simple book that I believe could be used many different ways. You could use this book in weather themes, during a cloud unit, or to stretch the imagination.

You could follow this book with an activity in which your children do their own cloud making, possibly out of cotton balls.

I think that this book is fun and I really enjoy the illustrations. I would definitely suggest having this book as a part of your classroom library.
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By A Customer on August 27, 2001
Format: Board book
Right after reading this book just once, my daughter was outside telling me all the different things the clouds looked like! This book really stimulates the imagination. The simple pictures and verse make it a great bed-time book for the little ones. It has quickly become one of my daughter's "must-have" going to bed books.
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Format: Hardcover
Little Cloud is one of Carle's more recent books. Carle started illustrating and writing books in the late 1960s. Of the Carle books I've read there are only two that I don't enjoy: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Greedy Snake as both are focused so heavily on gluttony.Little Cloud instead teaches through example the importance of being an individual and being a contributing member of a group.

Until the end, each page has a different shape that Little Cloud has created on his own. There's an airplane, a hat, and a variety of other shapes that children will easily recognize. In the end, his hat joins up with the other clouds who have together formed a clown.
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Format: Paperback
We've been reading this to our 28 month old for over a year now. She still enjoys it. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed when I first read it as it didn't seem to have the same magic as the other Carle books.
Evidently, my daughter disagrees! What is so great about the book is that it can appeal on many levels. At first, she began to notice and point out clouds to us. Now she focuses on the imaginative aspect of the book - she sees shapes in clouds, pieces of cheese, etc.
We have several Eric Carle books, and it seems to be a perennial favorite.
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It took a reading or two for my daughter to enjoy this book. Not sure she understood the lack of colors (most pages are blue and white like the cover) She was 10 mos when I started reading it to her. But there were animal names she recognized so it caught her attention and now she loves the book. I like to think it helps her use her imagination.
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