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Little Cloud (1996)

by Eric Carle

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Summary: The story starts off with a little cloud moving away from the other clouds and moving close to the treetops. The cloud changes into different shapes including a sheep, rabbit, airplane and clown just to name a few. The cloud sees all of those things so that's how he knows what they look like. Then the other clouds called for him so he drifted back to them then all of a sudden they formed one big cloud and it began to rain.

Personal review: This story is more appropriate for the younger children. I think this book is very innocent and sweet. I like the end where the other clouds needed the little cloud in order for it to rain. It shows no matter how small you are, you're still important.

Class extensions: 1. The kids could create their own shapes using the Eric Carle art.
2. The teacher could teach the kids that the small things do matter and show examples of other things that need the small things in order to operate. ( )
  KendraGayle | Jan 25, 2014 |
Genre: Easy
Keywords: Clouds, Rain, individuality
Audience: K-3
This is a great book where a little cloud floats away from the rest of the clouds to have some adventures of his own! After expressing his individuality he goes back to his family to do his duty as all clouds do : Create rain showers! This book can be used as part of a science lesson as well. ( )
  ShantiR | Jan 17, 2014 |
“Little Cloud” is a short story about a little cloud who drifts away from its fellow clouds to explore the magnificent beauty of the world. “The clouds pushed upward and away. Little Cloud pushed downward and touched the tops of the houses and trees” (pg. 3). It morphs into different shapes, ranging from an airplane, to animals and nature. This story shows children that it is acceptable to break away from the norm and explore ways to be different from everyone else. It also helps them practice naming different objects as they see them on the pages. It is important for children to be able to see that they can separate themselves and be independent from one another. ( )
  alines1 | Oct 7, 2013 |
This fictional story follows the life of a cloud. This cloud drifts away from others and makes shapes above the town. At the end of the story he then returns to his cloud friends and they make one big cloud. The big cloud then rains ( )
  jstafiej | Jun 11, 2013 |
A book about clouds. ages 3 to 6
  timazon | Jun 6, 2013 |
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The clouds drifted slowly across the sky.
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A very simple fiction book, Carle does a great job of kick starting the imagination of children. The possibilities of what a cloud can be is endless. Little Cloud could be a great way to get students thinking about clouds and wanting to observe them. The book follows a little clouds as it drifts away from other clouds, closer to the ground. Little Cloud turns into many shapes and objects as he drifts. The book ends with all the clouds coming together and raining. Asking students to look at the clouds for homework and draw at least one could begin a project of writing, science, and/or art.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0698118308, Paperback)

The clouds drift across the bright blue sky--all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle's trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud.

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A little cloud becomes all sorts of things--sheep, an airplane, trees, a hat--before joining other clouds and raining. Carle's new picture book tells the story of Little Cloud, who lags behind the other clouds as they drift across a bright blue sky. Little Cloud is too busy changing shapes, becoming a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat.… (more)

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