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Carla's Cloud Catastrophe Paperback – June 14, 2011
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Clouds are found in the most unlikely places causing quite a catastrophe. Children will love the illustrations which help this story come to life as young Carla puts her mind to helping resolve a mess which threatens to keep her from making it to her own birthday party.
-- Literary Classics Book Reviews
... brings the questions "what is a cloud" and "how do they float" to life in this laugh out loud story, which will surely create lively discussions both in and outside the classroom.
-- Donna M. McDine
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Hours before Carla's birthday party, clouds fall from the sky landing on Papa, who just happened to also be the Director of Transportation, and many other people on the streets of town. No clouds were in the sky, they had all fallen to the ground because a tornado had knocked them loose. This was going to be a real dilemma.
Papa had to go to a meeting held by the major to discuss the problem. Clouds had fallen everywhere causing problems with traffic and covering people's homes. People everywhere were finding ways to remove the clouds from the streets and their yards, but the clouds needed to get back into the skies. Can Carla and her father come up with a plan that will help the town with this cloud catastrophe?
Children from the ages of 4-8 are going to enjoy this 28 page picture book. It's simple and cute with great illustrations that are colorful and bright. Children will be curious about the effects this will have on the weather, as well as coming up with more logical solutions to the problem, but this story hits right on with the fictional and entertaining value the author is relaying. Readers can use this story as a break in to educational topics that concern the weather and what clouds can and can't do. Discussions will certainly abound from it, but the moral of the story is how one little girl used her imagination to solve a potentially big problem. Using our imaginations is what reading a story is all about.
However, her father, the Director of Transportation has other plans. Taking the lead in solving this unusual catastrophe they join the mayor at town hall for an emergency meeting. Will the adults practical solutions or Carl's imagination solve the cloud catastrophe in time to enjoy Carla's birthday party or will the town stay blanketed by clouds forever?
What better way to spark the interest of science in our young muses but through this imaginative story. Children's author, Beth Bence Reinke brings the questions "what is a cloud" and "how do they float" to life in this laugh out loud story, which will surely create lively discussions both in and outside the classroom.
Carla's Cloud Catastrophe would not be complete without Ginger Nielson's vivid and clever illustrations; making Carla's story a true gem for libraries, classrooms, and homes throughout the world.
Disaster strikes two hours before Carla's birthday party. Clouds are scattered on the ground like giant cotton balls! Papa says "The weather lady said a tornado knocked the clouds loose." But how can this be? Carla dubs it a cloud catastrophe. The playground swings and slides look like they're holding scoops of mashed potatoes, and at the duck pond, cloud globs float in the muddy water, like marshmallows in cocoa. Cleaning up the clouds is too big a job and there's nowhere to put them, but Carla has an idea and knows exactly where the clouds belong.
This is such a fun read, one sure to get every young reader wondering what it would be like if the clouds fell from the sky. And for anyone whose party might face a weather disaster of its own, this is just the book to set your little one's nerves at ease by reminding her that most disasters can be averted. Take it from Carla who makes it home just in time for her party and coconut cloud cake, of course!
This would be a great educational story for the classroom teaching about the weather. And another beautiful illustration by Ginger Nielson full of bright colors.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
Reinke's tale shows off her creativity as she examines the advantages of working together as a team to solve a problem. I especially loved the subtle yet poignant theme about respecting our environment and how important it is to care for the world around us. Nielson's illustrations are a stroke of delight, and easily attract a child's attention.
The story appeals to children from 4-8 years old. "Carla's Cloud Catastrophe" is a charming read that will delight young readers.