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Elsina's Clouds

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A Basotho girl's prayer to the ancestors

"When can I paint a wall, Mama?"
"When the rains come and wash away my designs, Elsina. Then you can paint the walls," she says.

For hundreds of years Basotho women in southern Africa have decorated the walls of their houses as prayers for rain.

Bold, colorful art based on traditional African motifs and lyrical prose tell the story of a
Published April 1st 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Elsina’s Clouds by Jeanette Winter
What a gorgeous story, connects with Maya Angelou’s My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me because of the culture and house painting tradition. Little girl, Elsina, dreams of clouds filling the sky and raining down to rescue the community. Gorgeous book with a girl being reflective and tolerant of her work being washed away yearly and her persistence of communicating with the elders up in the sky with her art… I was so excited to find a Jeanette Winter bo
Cara Stone
Sep 25, 2010 Cara Stone rated it really liked it
Elsina only sees blue skies and sunshine for the longest time, making the land and crops very dry. Elsina’s family asks their ancestors for rain, appealing to them by painting the walls of their house as a form of prayer. Eventually their prayers are heard and the rain comes to wash away the paint and water the crops. Vibrant illustrations with colorful borders around each page. Sometimes multiple frames on one page. Dialog often within illustrations in the form of speech bubbles, thought bubble ...more
Sharia A.
Oct 30, 2012 Sharia A. rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I learned so much from this book. I found the pictures and traditions from the Basotho tribe to be exciting. I wouuld use ths book in my class if I was to discuss community. I would use this book to talk about how other people decorate their areas and living space. I would recommend this book because it is a great way to show students be proud of their heritage and to show thm where other people may come from.
Vivid colors. I like the African style and feel. But I don't think it would work well for any group reading. At least, not if I was reading. I'm not quite sure what to do with it because the layout is too hard for me to figure out how to make exciting and interesting to the children. A lap-sit is good.
Jan 29, 2013 Libby rated it really liked it
Elsina waits for rain so that she may re-paint her house. Soon a baby will be born in her home as well.
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