Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
Imagine a little boy who could spin clouds into cloth. Now imagine a king who wanted all the cloth that could be spun...
Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this children's book for review (thank you). It was originally published in Great Britain by Gullane Children's Books as Cloth from the Clouds. You can purchase a copy of Knopf's edition at your local bookstore now.
He's a small boy who lives at the top of the hill where he spins each day. The scarf he made himself had sunset colors it. He also had a white one to keep the sun off his head during the day. He only spun "enough" and wasn't greedy with his wants. Then he met the King.
The King demanded a long, long scarf. Then he wanted a cloak. And, yet again, he wants clothes for his wife and daughter. Soon, there no more clouds in the sky and there was no more rain in the land either.
The illustrator, Alison Jay, makes faces on the hills, gives the clouds forms, and adds little goodies to her pictures. Be sure to spend some time on the graphics as well as the story.
This is a cute story with a happy ending. Why not share it with your child at Easter? It would look good in an Easter basket with all those bright colors in the illustrations.