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The Cloud Spinner

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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...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf
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A boy spins beautiful scarves from clouds. He has made only two, though--one to cover his head to keep the heat away when it's hot, and another to wrap around his neck when it's cold outside. His mother taught him not to use too much: "Enough is enough and not one stitch more." But one day a greedy king sees the boy's remarkable scarf and demands that the boy spin one for him--only it must be much bigger and grander, for he is the king. The boy cautions that it would not be wise to use so many c...more
A young boy spends his time spinning clouds into beautiful fabric. Then he weaves the fabric into cloth. He always remembers what his mother taught him, "Enough is enough and not one stitch more."

So when the King orders him to make a scarf for him just the same as the boys but much longer, the boy tells him that it would not be wise. The King orders the scarf made. Later the King orders the boy to make new wardrobes for him, his wife and his daughter. Again, the boy tells the King that this woul...more
I loved this book. The illustrations are very vintage and the colour pallet perfect for a story with a fairytale flavour. A little boy, with a special gift, can weave clouds ... the morning colours of gold, the mid-day colours of white and the evening colours of crimson into a magical cloth. His mom taught him to be frugal and only use what he needs and not one titch more. The little boy obeys and creates a hat and a scarf made of the softest material to shelter him from the elements.

The king c...more
This story has potential, but was too formulaic to be really great. I also felt frustrated by the author's use of the word "crimson". The illustrations don't match the word, which confused my students who are learning English as a second or third language.

The kids seemed to like it more than I did, but even they weren't very engaged with it.
Immediately one of my favorite picture books. Gorgeous illustrations, with a fair dose of whimsy, coupled with warmhearted prose present readers with a tender and relevant lesson.

"Is it too late to undo what has been done?"

The boy smiled and said simply... "There is still time."
I don't know, the cute, dreamy illustrations I think were better off on their own. The boy was a little too self-righteous for my tastes. It's one thing to teach about responsibility and preach against greed but it's another thing to presume to know what and how much a person needs.
Sarah VanDyke
Neat book! When I saw the cover, it reminded me of Rumpelstiltskin. Instantly, I was intrigued. The story is about a boy who spins items out of the clouds. The king sees a scarf the boy is wearing and wants one. The boy tries to convince the king that he does not need it. The king continues to wants spun items, but there are consequences. I liked the uniqueness of the story and the illustrations. The author's message is quite clear to me. My favorite part is when the boy is spinning the items ou...more
One of the most beautifully illustrated picture books I've seen so far in 2012. The story of a boy who can weave clouds into cloth, but he knows when "enough is enough, not one stitch more." A relevant message about the dangers of over-consumption.
What a lovely premise. "Enough is enough and not one stitch more."

Also loved the illustrations.
This is the story of a boy who could weave cloth out of clouds. The color of the thread would change throughout the day, as the clouds’ colors shifted with the changing light. There was gold in the morning, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. The boy had learned from his mother to only use as much as he needed, nothing more. But when the boy’s amazing scarf caught the eye of the king as he rode through town, the boy was ordered to create a scarf for the king. The king was pleased...more
Blessed with the ability to spin clouds into thread, a young boy is frugal with his gift. But an avaricious ruler demands that he fashion a scarf and other pieces of clothing from the cloth despite the boy's reminder that he doesn't really need these items. He reluctantly obeys the king with disasterous consquences for the environment. It takes the quiet, wise princess to realize that "Enough is enough and not one stitch more" (unpaged). Young readers will enjoy hearing this one read aloud and a...more
I liked this fable with its ancient feel and a moral of conservation/moderation. "Enough is enough and not one stitch more" reminded us of A Fish Out of Water and "so much, and no more". Of course, The Lorax also comes to mind, or another one we just finished reading: Extra Yarn. The unique illustrations give the story a very special character and look. True, they're in the exact same peculiar, comforting style as Alison Jay's other Picture This..., Farm Families and Listen, Listen , although I...more
A boy is taught how to spin thread from clouds. Then he weaves the thread into cloth. Just enough for two scarves: one white one to protect from the sun and one golden one to give warmth when he was cold. When a king sees the beautiful scarf around the boy’s neck, he tells the boy he must make a grand scarf for him—since he is king. But he doesn’t want just a modest scarf, he wants the grandest scarf. And of course it doesn’t stop there. The boy keeps cautioning the king that he shouldn’t get mo...more
Chelsie Morrison
I did not even have to finish this book before I knew I absolutely adored it! The Cloud Spinner tells of a young boy whose mother taught him to weave cloth from the clouds in the sky. His mother also taught him the importance of using every thread and to never be wasteful. The little boy makes two beautiful scarves for himself. The king sees his scarves and demands to have an elaborate garment made for himself. The boy is forced to please the king, eventually taking all of the clouds from the sk...more
Megan D. Neal
In this lovely, dreamy fable, a wise young boy spins clouds into cloth under the stricture "Enough is enough and not one stitch more." One day a greedy king spies his cloud-woven scarf and wants more, more, more, despite the young boy's warnings. When the king's greed dries up the clouds, it's up to the observant princess and the wise boy to set things right.

Released as Cloth From the Clouds in Britain, this story has a universal appeal for both boys and girls, and works beautifully for a read-a...more
Elizabeth Bergin
In "The Cloud Spinner" by Michael Catchpool, a young boy has a wonderful gift--he can spin clouds into fabric to make scarves, a skill taught to him by his mother. The boy also has a good sense of conservation. While he has a whole sky full of clouds to weave with, he only uses enough to make himself two scarves, one for the winter and one for the summer. He sticks to the saying he learned from his mother: "Enough is enough and not one stitch more." However, when the greedy king sees the boy's s...more
Rabia Saeed
The book, The Cloud Spinner, By Michael Catchpool is a story about a boy who has the power to turn clouds into thread, making a few different colors depending on the time of day, so Gold in the morning sun, White in the afternoon sun, and Crimson in the evening sun. However, the boy could only make enough cloth to make a small scarf but not too much. But when the king saw, and ordered the boy to make him a cloak for him and gowns for his wife the queen and his daughter the princess, the boy had...more
Gina Saenz
Sep 13, 2013 Gina Saenz added it
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This book is titled "The Cloud Spinner" by Michael Catchpool and illustrated by Alison Jay. This book is a folktale. The story is about a young boy that has learned the art of weaving using a loom. The boy uses the clouds in the sky as his thread to create beautiful hat and scarf for himself. The King notices his scarf and desires one for him. The boy tries to convince the king that he does not need a scarf. The boy is obedient and makes the scarf...more
Christine Turner
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...more
There is a boy who can spin clouds into beautiful thread. He uses this thread to make just one hat and one scarf and nothing more. One day the king sees his scarf and demands that the boy make one for him. The boy cautions against this, but the king does not listen. Then the king demands gowns and more clothing, and though the boy cautions against it, the king insists. Before long, all the clouds are gone and there is a draught. The king does not care, but his daughter sees the connection and br...more
This is a wonderful picture book about a boy who spins fabric out of clouds. Each day he sits at the top of a hill and weaves the clouds: gold in the morning with the sunrise, white at midday, and crimson in the evening. As he weaves, he chants what his mother always told him, "Enough is enough and not a stitch more." One day the king spots the boy's scarf made from cloud fabric and orders many scarves, cloaks, and dresses to be made, stripping the sky of clouds and therefore rain. When the vill...more
This is a gorgeously and fancifully illustrated story, which tells of a wise boy who is able to spin the most amazing cloth from the clouds. Again we learn how much wiser than adults children are, and what the consequences of unfettered cloud cloth making are. The young princess saves the land! Unbeknown to anyone of course.
A young child creates beautiful articles of clothing made from clouds. When a king admires his work and demands a full wardrobe be made for himself, his queen, and his daughter, the boy hesitatingly obliges. The royal family demanded more than they needed, and soon their city experiences drought. While the citizens wonder where all the clouds could have gone, the princess understands and helps the boy bring rain back to the city.

The moral of the story is to take only what you need and no more. C...more
R. C.
This looked for all the world like one of those no-story or stupid-story books that an artist with no literary inclination publishes because someone saw her art and decided it would be a great in a picture book. But the story was actually good and the writing not so bad.
Maggie Burgess
Definitely want to get this one for my own library, and my classroom library. Great story about letting enough be enough, and doing the right thing. It's also about putting the greater good above your own personal desires/belongings. I love the illustrations as well!
I mostly picked up this book because of the cover, it reminded me of the early covers of The Goose Girl and other books by Shannon Hale. I love the cracklings running up and down the surface of the painting. And the idea of someone who made stuff out of clouds was also intriguing. This story had an interesting concept, a little like Rapunzel, but with a loftier twist. It was also interesting to see how the landscape illustrations often reflected the general mood of the book...and I think kids wi...more
A young boy has the ability to spin clouds into wonderfully shimmering cloth just as his mother taught him. But he makes only two scarves, one for his head and one for his neck; his mother taught him to spin only what is necessary. Of course the king discovers his skill and demands that the boy create clothes for his entire family and the boy complies. The clouds gradually disappear, no rain falls, and the kingdom suffers. The princess returns the cloth to the boy, the clouds are restored and th...more
Sunnyvale Librarian
The cloud spinner is a young boy who was taught by his mother to weave cloth from the clouds. The beautiful threads change color through the day and it is the golden luster of the boy's scarf that catches the attention of the King. The King orders the boy to make him a long scarf but the boy warns, "It would not be wise to have a long scarf made from this cloth. Your Majesty does not need it." The King demands that the boy make several articles of clothing for the King's family, and as the boy s...more
A mother teachers her son to weave with an additional lesson of not wasting a thread. He made two exquisite scarves for himself. The kind demands the boy make an excessive amount of clothing and accessories for this family, and although the boy objects, he does as he is told. The more clothing he makes, the fewer clouds are in the sky. Eventually, the town suffers frmo a drought due to no clouds. The princess makes a connection and returns the clothes to the boy, who then returns the clouds to t...more
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