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Publisher Comments:

One small boy has a special gift — he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It would not be wise," the boy protests. "Your majesty does not need them!" But spin he must — and soon the world around him begins to change.

From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.

Review:

"Who wouldn't want a scarf 'soft as a mouse's touch and warm as roasted chestnuts?' That's just the type of special garment crafted by the titular cloud spinner, a boy who transforms clouds into elegant threads in Catchpool's ecological fable. When a greedy king spies the cloud spinner's wonderful crimson and gold scarf, he orders the boy to fashion him an extra-long scarf — and cloaks and dresses for the queen and princess. Though the boy insists such abundance is not needed, recalling his mother's philosophy, 'Enough is enough and not one stitch more,' he complies. As a result, the entire kingdom learns what it means to lose such a valuable resource as the clouds, until the quiet and observant princess comes to the rescue. Jay's now-signature paintings of exaggerated figures awash in a cracked varnish lend a timeless air of fantasy and whimsy to this original tale. Her hillsides appear to have faces (with sheep forming the eyes and mouths), and the clouds — which resemble various objects and animals — provide seek-and-find opportunities for readers. Ages 5 – 8. Illustrator's agent: The Organisation." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"There are definitely lessons about taking only what you need, about care for the needs of others and about listening to what is unsaid, but they are fully inside the story and only add to the pleasure." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Synopsis:

One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It would not be wise," the boy protests. "Your majesty does not need them!" But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change.

From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.

About the Author

Michael Catchpool holds a degree in Drama, Television, and Theater Studies. He is the author of a number of picture books and is currently a headteacher in a large primary school in Cambridgeshire, England. He is married with two children.

Alison Jay is a graduate of the London College of Printing and is the acclaimed illustrator of many picture books. Her signature style is created using alkyd paint on thick cartridge paper, with a crackle varnish, giving an aged effect.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375870118
Author:
Michael Catchpool and Alison Jay
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Jay, Alison
Author:
Catchpool, Michael
Author:
Jay, Alison
Subject:
Children s-Environmental Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11.19 x 10.08 x 0.44 in 1.15 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 8

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Product details 32 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375870118 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Who wouldn't want a scarf 'soft as a mouse's touch and warm as roasted chestnuts?' That's just the type of special garment crafted by the titular cloud spinner, a boy who transforms clouds into elegant threads in Catchpool's ecological fable. When a greedy king spies the cloud spinner's wonderful crimson and gold scarf, he orders the boy to fashion him an extra-long scarf — and cloaks and dresses for the queen and princess. Though the boy insists such abundance is not needed, recalling his mother's philosophy, 'Enough is enough and not one stitch more,' he complies. As a result, the entire kingdom learns what it means to lose such a valuable resource as the clouds, until the quiet and observant princess comes to the rescue. Jay's now-signature paintings of exaggerated figures awash in a cracked varnish lend a timeless air of fantasy and whimsy to this original tale. Her hillsides appear to have faces (with sheep forming the eyes and mouths), and the clouds — which resemble various objects and animals — provide seek-and-find opportunities for readers. Ages 5 – 8. Illustrator's agent: The Organisation." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "There are definitely lessons about taking only what you need, about care for the needs of others and about listening to what is unsaid, but they are fully inside the story and only add to the pleasure."
"Synopsis" by , One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy's magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. "It would not be wise," the boy protests. "Your majesty does not need them!" But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change.

From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.

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