Sorry for no picture book reviews these past two weeks. Been busy with a few things, both my daughters had their birthdays, Phyllis came to visit us, and I was prepping for my 1st blogiversary! Only 3 days left to enter the giveaway. A $25 Amazon gift card could sure come in handy for buying PPBF books for your home library. Now onto today’s review. Enjoy!

Title: Cloudette

Author & Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2011
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 3-6
Themes: Clouds, Perseverance, Self-Reliance

Opening Sentences:

“Cloudette was a cloud. A very small cloud.
Usually, Cloudette didn’t mind being smaller than the average cloud.”

Synopsis (from MacMillan website):

Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?

This charming book gets at the heart of what it means to make a difference no matter your size.


Check out Castle Library’s post which contains activities such as making a cloud mobile.

Make a Cloud in a Bottle, check this how to video.

Web Weather for Kids and Enchanted Learning websites provided cloud related information and activities.

Why I Like this Book:

This is a sweet, charming book about someone small wanting to do something big and important. A theme every child can relate to. Cloudette doesn’t mind being small, in fact there are some perks. But she feels a little left out when the “big clouds” go do “big cloud” activities. Cloudette then sets out to figure out how she can do something important. At first she is met with disappointment but she perseveres and figures out her special place in the ecosystem.

Tom Lichtenheld has done an amazing job in capturing the experiences and emotions of a young child in Cloudette. For example, the big clouds running off to do something important, or when she asks the towns people if anyone needs her and they tell her sorry they don’t need her services. Along with the text, I love the colorful, lively illustrations. My kids enjoyed reading the dialogue embedded in the illustrations (anyone know if there is a technical word for this?). I love picture books that do this, it gives the book an extra special touch.

Below is one spread from the book. Check out MacMillan’s site for more beautiful illustrations from this book.

This review is part of Susana Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.


23 Comments to “Cloudette”

  1. One of my favorite Tom Lichtenheld books. Reminds me of the Little Engine that Could..” Such a lovely book about courage and determination. Don’t be surprised if you receive a comment from Tom on your blog. I really love his books and illustrations! Nice choice for PPB week.

  2. What a great book! I really like books that have a “believe in yourself” message! I like the cloud mobile activity 🙂

  3. Very cute and original too. It looks like it teaches a whole range of things too.

  4. Very sweet, I love her little face! Thank you for sharing, I’ll be adding this to my library list.

  5. This book is beautiful! And I love the message. I’m off to find it right now. Thank you!

  6. We always look up at the clouds and imagine what they might be and think about floating and what that would be like. Awesome book. I need to pick this up. Thanks for the recommendation!

  7. This looks like a fantastic book! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds cute. I knew I recognized the author’s name. He wrote Bridget’s Beret and Shark vs. Train!

  9. This really is a beautiful book. We checked it out from the library and my daughter cried when it was time to take it back!

  10. I love Cloudette too! I really enjoyed your review Darshana, thanks!

  11. For a very long time growing up, I was teased for being short. My aunt used to tell me over and over that good things come in small packages. It didn’t help. This book seems like a wonderful piece for any young or smaller child to learn (earlier than I did) that size doesn’t matter and you can do anything you put your mind to. Excellent choice Darshana.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

  12. I have been wanting to read this. I’m so glad you reviewed it. Now I REALLY want to read it. Your activities are perfect!

  13. I am a big fan of Tom Lichtenheld’s books. I love the added dialogue in the illustrations. My favorite book of his happens to be Cloudette. When we celebrated Lichtenheld’s birthday last year, I focused on this book out of all of his others. It is fabulous! Great choice!

    I think, if I remember correctly, the idea for this story came during a writing workshop he was teaching for children.

    • I have noticed that some of my favorite books are by author/illustrators because there is more close integration that they can do with the text and pictures. I so wish I could draw, but alas I am just an author.
      Cool, will check out your post.

  14. Another fun book to check out. Thanks.

  15. This book sounds so sweet. Thank you!

    Grade ONEderful

  16. First off, let me begin by saying that I love clouds!! Oh boy, do I love them. I have a collection of over 70 cloud photos, taken mostly here in San Diego. You can only imagine how excited I was when I saw the cover of this book! The story is too cute to be ignored. Thanks for sharing, Darshana. 🙂

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