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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,564 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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 s...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published January 1st 2011)
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An utter delight! Cloudette is a "cute little cumulus" cloud -- she is sooo charming and adorable. But, she is also small. Much smaller than the other clouds. This has certain advantages (she can always find a good view for watching fireworks, and she has a special cozy place to sleep where other clouds couldn't fit) but but she also feels rather useless. She can't help make lots of rain and storms like the big clouds can. One day, an especially bad storm blows Cloudette far away from her home....more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 23, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I loved this book. It probably helps that I’ve been fascinated with clouds my entire life, and especially loved them when I was young.

But this book is so sweet, and funny and whimsical. And the illustrations are so pretty and cute, and all the little funny asides add to the story. My favorite part was the scene where Cloudette got the impression the new other “clouds” had no interest in getting to know her, but I was fond of every single page.

There is also a fine message here about how being sma...more
The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. It makes sense – there are few situations children can better relate to than being surrounded by those that are older and bigger and wanting to do something conspicuous. Tom Lichtenheld’s charming Cloudette ably enters this territory, and will likely garner fans big and small. But mostly small.

As her name suggests, Cloudette is a cloud of the most diminutive proportions. Clearly, there are perks to be...more
Gregory Walters
That's right, Cloudette, not Claudette. I grabbed this book for its originality in creating a new character. If talking hamsters make you cringe, Cloudette, the "cute little cumulus" could precipitate a thunderous objection. Still, I was captivated by Cloudette and her sunny disposition.

Cloudette is tiny. Sometimes that has its advantages, but Cloudette longs to do something big and important. The other bigger clouds create storm fronts, thunderstorms and enough snow to shut down school for a da...more
Tiny cloud Cloudette (the cutest puff of a cloud ever) likes all the advantages of being small (like always finding a good spot to watch fireworks), but when the important jobs of the big clouds leave her feeling left out, she finds her own small way to matter. The smallish size and many humorous asides might make this tricky to read to a group, but it'd be great one-on-one.

Mega-adorable alert. I love the cover, especially the back cover which shows Cloudette on top of the book's UPC code, with...more
Cloudette is the smallest of clouds. Usually it was just fine to be the littlest. She was called by cute nicknames, she had little friends, she was great at hiding, and she even slept in a special spot on the moon. But sometimes, she felt left out because she was so small. She couldn’t do the important work that the big clouds did, like storm fronts and rainbows. She wanted to do something big herself, but all of her big ideas didn’t work out. One day, she was blown by a storm to a new area wher...more
May 04, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful story of what one person (or in this case, cloud) can do to make just a tiny part of the world a better place. Cloudette is a very small cloud. The other bigger clouds like her and call her endearing names. There are advantages to being small, but Cloudette doesn't feel that she can do anything important. One day she is blown away from her home and ends up in a different place where she has no friends. Fortunately, she is able to make new friends and even prove to herself and to some...more
Most of the time, the diminutive Cloudette likes being small since her bigger cloud friends address with cute names and her size makes it possible for her to do things that the others cannot. But sometimes she wishes that she could do something big, like the others. When a blustery storm blows her to an unfamiliar area, Cloudette makes new friends and starts a little rainstorm of her own, creating a pond from a little puddle so that the frogs have water in which to play. I'm not quite sure why s...more
Really enjoyed this book, along with the super cute illustrations. Such a unique character...a little cloud! It all worked really well as a story even though I was a little befuddled at how Cloudette changed. Suddenly, by the end, she was able to rain gallons of water, when a the beginning, she couldn't. Did I miss something? Was it just the change in scenery? Being away from bigger clouds?

Seems like it would have been better had she only been able to produce a little puddle...and that something...more
Cloudette is a small cloud, smaller then the other clouds but she doesn't mind because she liked being called cute nicknames such as Pipsqueak and Shortcake,squeezing through tight places and hiding. However, one day all the other clouds are doing important things like raining so the crops could grow and she feels left out because she can't do that because she isn't big enough. One day she gets blown away by a big storm and finds herself in an environment she never been to before. She meets a fr...more
Lindsay Weideman
Synopsis: This was a fun book that went along with my text set theme of pursuing goals/accomplishing dreams because it was about believing in yourself. The book was about a little cloud that wanted to make a difference liked the big clouds. It reminded me of how small my students are, but how big of a difference they can make by being kind and setting goals for themselves. I liked that it was similar to The Little Engine That Could so students can work on compare and contrasting which is a big s...more
I tend to over-react against "message" books, but this one is so dang cute I just had to come around to it. My favorite part is actually at the beginning, with the list of good things about being small. Squeezing through giraffes and hiding between skyscrapers: simply adorable. The illustrations are what lifted this up for me; I have no idea how Lichtenheld makes Cloudette so expressive with so few strokes of his pen!
Will O'donnell
Cloudette is a little cloud who wishes she was big. She wants to start thunderstorms and give kids days off of school with snow. However, no one seems to need such a small cloud. One day, she is blown off course by a massive storm and finds herself somewhere she's never been before. There she meets a frog who is lamenting that his pond has all dried up. Cloudette realizes that she can do something to help, and she strains and strains until she makes it rain. She restores the pond and then sets o...more
Mia Obiwo
Great book about a little cloud that feels excluded. Good book to talk about the subject of acceptance. Can be used in science to discuss clouds. Esecially good for Kindergarten, but can be used up until 2nd grade.
I sort of love this book lots, I don't think it would make a super awesome read aloud, but it is very cute and fun story about what a little cloud can do when they put their minds to it!
Another with the "little guys can make a big difference" theme and this was an especially sweet one. This also has big time science
tie-in/ non-fiction pairing potential.
Beautiful, colorful, detailed illustrations. Adorable main character, plus you learn a little about science.
In the spirit of The Little Engine That Could but with a cute cloud!
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
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 j...more
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The concept of a small protagonist making a mark on the big world is a children’s lit mainstay. Tom Lichtenheld’s charming Cloudette ably enters this territory, and will likely garner fans big and small.
Cloudette is a cloud of the most diminutive proportions. Clearly, there are perks to being small, but Cloudette reaches a point where she wants to do important things, like make rivers flow and waterfalls fall. When a storm drops Cloudette in an unfamiliar place, she finally finds where her modes...more
Bridget Cabbiness
“Cloudette” by Tom Lichtenheld is a picture book intended for children of the primary age group, ranging from ages five to eight. Cloudette is the smallest cloud in her area, surrounded by much larger ones that can make thunderstorms, water crops and other “important cloud things.” She doesn't mind being the smallest cloud, but wishes she could do some of the things the bigger clouds can. I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed the story, illustrations and the main theme that just b...more
This book is a winner all the way around. The story about a little cloud who recognizes the advantages to being small but still wants to make a big mark on the world is a good message for young readers, and the illustrations are so clever. I would imagine that they would be attractive to young children (hard to tell since I have a 5 month old who would rather listen than look at this point), but they are also entertaining for adults. I laughed at loud at a couple of the puns within the illustrat...more
That's the most adorable cloud I've ever seen. And the cloud even learns a lesson that will be helpful for the kiddies. Very nice. Could definitely work in a preschool storytime, and would work as a lap-read and read-alone as well.

I don't know why, but Cloudette makes me think of Kami. :-)

9/19/12 & 9/20/12: Small groups on both days (20 or less). This worked well as an opener. The children enjoyed the pictures. I left some of the spoken comments out and included a few where they were needed...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Cloudette is a little itty-bitty cloud. Generally, Cloudette saw the advantages of being small, like everyone calling her cute names and always being able to find a good spot to watch fireworks.

But she wanted to do something important, something important like the big clouds got to do.

One day, Cloudette got her chance.

This little book about the power of a little cloud to make a little part of the world better made me very happy to read.

“This gave Cloudette an idea…

She held her breath until she s...more
Cloudette is one of the cutest books out there! I love the message that you can accomplish great things even if you are tiny. It's a lot of fun to read out loud, but some of the images are too tiny for kids to see if they are not really close to the book.I love the punny asides as well: something that both adults and children can find humor in.

Great for storytime.
This is the same illustrator as Duck! Rabbit!, notoriously not one of my favorites. Cloudette was... eh. The illustrations are pretty cute but the story line is contrived and down talking, and I hate picture books like that. Kids aren't stupid, they just don't have extensive vocabularies yet. Yet. There is a major plot hole (I know, it's a picture book, the plot is like *this* big. Nonetheless...) in that Cloudette laments that her smallness makes her useless, yet she forces herself to be bigger...more
hese illustrations were quaint and cute. I loved how animated the little cloud was and felt like she definitely had a visible personality. She seemed sweet and I was vested in her sorry and wanted her to feel like she was needed. I liked how the author managed to incorporate some fun little bits of dialogue throughout the book too. It would be easy to turn this message around and tell kids that just because they were small didn't mean there weren't important things they could do as well. The pic...more
Violet LOVES this book. She wants to read it over and over! I like the story: a little cloud isn't sure she can do what the big clouds do and isn't sure what her purpose truly is... but then, she finds out she has it within herself to do great things!
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
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Cloudette, story and Illustrations by author Tom Lichtenheld tell the tale of how being small is okay. No matter how small you are, you can do anything you put your mind to, that you can make a difference too. Cloudette takes an unexpected journey and in the end finds what she’s good at and what job she can do to join in with all the bigger clouds in the sky. I loved the art and the touches of humor. The mess...more
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Children's book author/illustrator writes for kids who love to laugh and grown-ups who love to laugh along with them. When not making up stories and drawing silly pictures, he likes to get other people's kids all riled-up then send them home to their parents.
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