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Presents a depiction of the water cycle featuring a wide-eyed puff of a cloud that moves, transforms, precipitates, freezes and thunders through respective stages before passing over a spectacular rainbow. - (Baker & Taylor)

A sparsely narrated, chapter-book depiction of the water cycle features a wide-eyed puff of a cloud that moves, transforms, precipitates, freezes and thunders through respective stages before passing over a spectacular rainbow. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

Meet Cloud! Follow along as she moves, transforms, precipitates, and more in this charming and humorous portrayal of the water cycle.

The lifecycle of our protagonist, Cloud, is delightfully and sparsely narrated in nine short chapters that follow the stages of the water cycle. Young readers will immediately fall for this wide-eyed puff, and welcome facts along with humor and personality as they bask in the accomplishment of breezing through each chapter. - (Penguin Putnam)

Author Biography

Rob Hodgson was born in a seaside town in the south of England in 1988. He studied illustration at Plymouth University. Today he lives in Bristol where he spends his days making a mess and turning it into quality illustration projects and books. He cites Yoko Ono, Ed Templeton, and Arthur Russell among his influences. Working with traditional and lo-fi techniques such as block printing and wood cut, along with digital processes, Rob combines old and new approaches to create his work. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and his first author/illustrated book, The Cave, was chosen by Book Trust to be given free to every preschool-aged child in England. Some interests include animals, skateboards, the psychology of perception, and collecting strange toys. - (Penguin Putnam)

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In what might be the most adorable depiction of the water cycle ever, this endearing picture book follows Cloud's journey from water droplets to sky fluff. The cheery illustrations anthropomorphize the story's major players, pasting smiling faces onto a lake, the sun, water droplets, the wind, and clouds. Each stage of the water cycle is presented in its own chapter, beginning with the formation of Cloud the cloud, the happy by-product of Sun heating up the water of a lake. Chapter 2 sees the arrival of Wind, who "loves to blow warm air to cold places" and sends Cloud scooting through the sky. Successive chapters tackle weather events, including snow, fog, rain, a thunderstorm, and a rainbow, until Cloud arrives back at the lake where the story began. Hodgson utilizes graphic novel conventions throughout the book, using panels and speech balloons to show Cloud's exciting journey. This book is aimed at very young learners, as it successfully conveys basic concepts without using scientific language—and not only that, it makes its lessons fun! Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A delightful illustrated depiction of the water cycle. Hodgson begins with a sun—"Hot stuff"—over a lake, and Cloud is created through the droplets that float from the lake to the sky. Cloud goes through a metamorphosis in every chapter, incorporating breezy lessons on fog, rainbows, storm systems, snow, and rain. For example, Wind befriends Cloud and blows him around the sky. Sun and Wind work together to blow Cloud through cities, mountains, and countryside. Cloud is blown into a very cold place that allows some of its water droplets to freeze and become snowflakes that fall from the sky to the ground. Wind continues to blow Cloud into cold regions. Cloud becomes fascinated with the water droplets down in the snow and floats down to see them. Cloud goes so low that it generates fog. Cloud makes friends with other clouds, and is awestruck when Sun shines light through droplets after a storm to create a rainbow. The book is divided into easy chapters that invite closer inspection of smiling raindrops and other friendly elements. The science is serious, the explanations cheerful, and children will come away with a fairly extensive understanding of how clouds become clouds. VERDICT A simplified but terrific tale, perfect for beginning readers or anyone seeking an exciting and funny science story.—Annmarie Braithwaite, New York P.L.

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

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