The Cloud Book

The Cloud Book

by Tomie dePaola


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You see, clouds are fun, silly, and very interesting.

Tomie dePaola—best-selling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and many others—knows a lot about clouds. He also knows a lot about what people think of them.

Some people see animals and pictures in clouds.  The ancient Greeks believed that Hermes, the messenger of the gods, once stole the sun's cattle, which were clouds.

In this unique picture book, Tomie introduces some of the most common types of clouds, as well as the myths and legends inspired by their shapes.  Simple, whimsical illustrations show the variations in shape and color that herald changes in the weather. 

This book will tell you many things about clouds we bet you didn't know. Filled with his signature humor and gentle illustrations, Tomie dePaola's approach to nonfiction is like no other.

A Reading Rainbow book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823405312
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1975
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 106,110
Product dimensions: 7.76(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola is the beloved Caldecott Honor- and Newbery Honor-winning author and/or illustrator of close to 250 books, including Strega Nona and Quiet. Tomie was born in Connecticut and grew up there with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He loved reading and books from an early age and knew, when he was four, that he wanted to write and illustrate stories when he grew up. Tomie is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children," the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children’s literature." He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration and has received the New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Cloud Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
slblack2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about clouds. The book talks about the different kinds of clouds and compares them to everyday figures. It talks about the beliefs that different cultures have about clouds, while it tells about what shapes people can see in the clouds.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a simple book about clouds, written in de Paola's signature comic style.We have a collection of simple facts about clouds, some illustrations of cloud-related sayings, and a silly (very silly) cloud story.Should hold a young child's attention fairly well, while also Educating them.
Strenshaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola is a nonfiction book that takes on a unique approach to the sky, learning about the ten most common clouds, the myths that have been inspired by the different shapes, and how the clouds tell us about coming changes in the weather. This book is a great success because it has a skillful blend of fun and information about the different types of clouds. The illustrations are very kid friendly, and if a child struggles on some of the bigger words they can look at the pictures and automatically see what the word means. The pictures themselves can tell the story of the different types of clouds. This is a great book for children to use their imagination, and apply what they already know about clouds and even learn things they did not know before after reading this book.
Angela17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great book but gets a little more detailed as it progresses. Good for older students
jsmith6243 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great way to illustrate the different types of clouds that are formed for a young audience. I like to include this book with a weather unit that leads to the students making a cloud poster or flipbook.
wadeka01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cloud Book is a great introduction to young children about the many types of clouds. A little off-beat, de Paola uses entertaining illustrations and quick explanations to keep children interested in a topic that may otherwise become too technical or vocabulary heavy for younger readers. Overall, The Cloud Book is a good non-fiction children¿s book pertaining to a scientific topic.
ShelbyStancil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A basic book that has vivid pictures about clouds. It talks about all sorts of clouds but is not dry and boring. It brings in some stories that tell about what certain different cultures believed in, in regards to clouds and weather. It teaches children how to read certain kinds of weather and what can be expected from it. Personal Reaction: I liked the pictures in the book more so than the information. For kids though I think it would be most effective. Kids don't like to just have a bunch of information thrown at them. They get bored easily. I would definatly recomend this book to others. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Take kids out to the playground and have then identify what kind of clouds are out that day.2. Have kids draw the different kinds of clouds then make clouds in a bottle.
adw1723 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had very cute and good pictures along with very good examples. It was well written to inform the reders about the various types of clouds including what they look like and comparing them to every day objects students may see. I would recommend this book for any lower elementary classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tomie dePaola writes so well that children are drawn into the story, no matter the subject, and his illustrations are very appealing which only enhances the experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is just so wonderful and inspiring. I loved this book so much that i went out into a meadow full of daisies and read it over and over. I looked up at the sky and wondered how ever could God created such beautiful figures. I thought wow! and just think all of these white fluffy clouds are made up of evaporated water. When i was little i always wanted to go up into the clouds and sit next to the angels in my dreams. I loved my childhood. This book was once again inspiring and full of creativeness. I have to say Thank you to the author, and I hope all the people who read this will love it as much as I did. Love, Sheri