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Saturday 7 January 2012

Review: The Cloud

Art class is fun. Everyone loves to paint and draw. Except one little girl who seems to have a big black cloud over her head.

Determined to make friends, a little fair-haired girl approaches the black cloud girl and brings her some starry bright conversation.

But all she gets is black, scribbly cloud conversation in return. Drats.

Does she give up? No. She tries the language of art. She offers the opportunity to draw something nice together - a bunny rabbit, a house, an ice cream cone . . . but the gloomy little girl continues to add nothing more than a squiggly black cloud.

Not to worry! The whole point is that they're now working together . . . and is that a hint of a smile on the gloomy girl's face? Before long, everyone is painting and drawing together in this lovely story of inclusion and togetherness, and the understanding that a positive attitude can overcome anything.

Even black clouds. Well, almost.

Warm and truly gorgeous illustrations rounded off with an adorable and humorous ending make this simple picture book an enormously satisfying one both big and little kids will love.

Title: The Cloud
Author/Illustrator: Hannah Cumming
Publisher: Child's Play, $12.95 RRP
Publication Date: June 2010
ISBN: 9781846433436
Format: Paperback
For ages: 2 - 5
Type: Picture Book