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Little Cloud

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,730 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
The clouds drift across the bright blue sky -- all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle's trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud.
Published 1997 by Hamish Hamilton (first published January 1st 1996)
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Lisa
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: felix
I wish the cloud shapes had been more abstract, but maybe this way works best for kids - although I could have done without the clown cloud.
Erin
Little Cloud is all about a cloud in the sky and how it transforms itself to look like various animals or objects. As a simple story with simple finger-paint style illustrations, one might think this book may be a bit boring, but it certainly is not nor are the activities that can be inspired from it. As a read-aloud storytime book children could do cloud-like movements such as pushing up with their arms or spreading them wide or narrow to show how the cloud rises, grows, and shrinks; they could ...more
Atsupui Dogbla
The Little Cloud is a very interesting story that helps children develop their imaginations, and perception of things they may see closer or farther. Young children may learn how a little cloud could get bigger and bigger, and becomes a giant cloud with the other to make rain fall. Through this book, school age children may experience the speed, and the movement little cloud can do. This story emphasizes on uniqueness and togetherness: whether you're small or big, you have your part in the socie ...more
Laura Dowsett
This book, much like The Little Seed (also by Eric Carle) details the life of a single cloud. I used this book in my year 1 class as part of a core text literacy lesson. It really go the children thinking about how clouds move through the sky and change shape, size and colour.

Additionally, we had been studying the water cycle and this book was handy to link to the water cycle.

The book is relatively short and follows a very simple repetitive pattern, but was still very much enjoyed in my year 1
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Sarah Sammis
Sep 03, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, pc
Little Cloud is one of Carle's more recent books. Carle started illustrating and writing books in the late 1960s. Of the Carle books I've read there are only two that I don't enjoy: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Greedy Snake as both are focused so heavily on gluttony.Little Cloud instead teaches through example the importance of being an individual and being a contributing member of a group.

Until the end, each page has a different shape that Little Cloud has created on his own. There'
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Slayermel
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of young children and preschool teachers
This is a story about a little cloud that trails behind all of the big clouds. I think children would find it interesting due to the fact that they sometimes see different shapes in the clouds, and this story touches upon some of the shapes the little cloud can change into.

Compared to some of Eric Carle's other stories, I would have to say I find it lacking. Maybe my hopes were too high, but I found this story somewhat pointless and boring. The only thing the children at work seem to enjoy abou
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Tricia
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I love all of the Eric Carle books, and I was pleased to add this one to my collection. This book is about a little cloud who becomes different shapes, and then at the end rains. I used this book to introduce the water cycle to my class. I read this book to them, and then we did an experiment where we took dixie cups half full of water, and then sealed them off in Ziploc bags. We then hung the bags in the window and then observed the water cycle throughout the day. Love it!
Princess
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educ-378
We read this book in Children's Literature as a group. It was my first time reading the story. I enjoyed the follow-up activity which was create your image of a cloud. Sometimes I look up into the sky and I rarely see anything specific but I do notice shapes and fall into awe. I was able to make a self to text connection because using my imagination I saw a crown, and my name is Princess so it was perfect for me.
Sarah
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This would pair well with CLOUDETTE and DUCK, RABBIT for a story time about clouds! Little Cloud delights in being able to change shape and it's fun to see what shape will come next.
Gianni Llano
It's nice to read this book when the discussion of weather is brought to a class of younger children. This book will open discussion on how they too see clouds moving and changing shape.
Kelly Van Pelt
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eric-carle
Great jumping off point for a cloud or weather unit. So fun to see what happens with little cloud.
Erin Lynn
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to one of the little boys I babysit. It's pretty cute.
Thabata
This beautiful picture book, composed by very simple drawings evoking those of a child, enjoys of a tender and ludic quality. A little cloud changing into a sheep, an airplane, a shark, two different trees, a bunny and other different things reminiscences about a game children play. It is a celebration of imagination and innocence. A delight to grasp in its very ending, the beauty of the cycle of nature.
PS. FYI, the-clown-is-pretty-scary.
Fourth Grade
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Cloud
By: Eric Carle
Book Type: Fantasy and fiction
I think this book is interesting because Little Cloud saw a shark. I love this book because Little Cloud got left behind and the other clouds told him to come back. I recommend this book to Kindergarteners because I loved Eric Carle’s books when I was a Kindergartener.
Zechariah
Like the idea of a story about clouds forming different shapes, and going through the "life cycle" of a cloud where it eventually becomes rain. But this meant that this book is not really in high contrast, and may be difficult to sustain interest in for young readers.
Kimberly Austin
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute book about a little cloud that changes its size and travels up and down. Good book for preschool through 1st grade.
Erik
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-children
Great paintings and a really fun way to teach kids to see shapes in the clouds.
Mikayela Talley
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.) This children’s book is wonderful and makes a great statement to children everywhere. “Little Cloud” is about a cloud that is much different and smaller than the other clouds. While the bigger clouds are always together and floating high in the sky, little cloud always found himself alone and floating much lower than the others. Being that little cloud could not keep up with the others, they all left him to be by himself. While this made him very sad, he began to make unique shapes found tha ...more
Wesleigh Whitehead
4. This book is about a small cloud who floats up in the sky with all of the other clouds. From the beginning it is evident that little cloud is different than the other clouds. While the other clouds move faster and float higher, little cloud floated near the houses and the trees and floats along slowly. The other clouds left together, and little cloud was left all alone. Once little cloud was alone, it began to transform into many beautiful and grand shapes and objects, such as a sheep, plane, ...more
Taylor P
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric Carle is a great author and just like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and others, Little Cloud is told in the same style and uses the same illustration style. The story follows Little Cloud as he transforms into different shapes, venturing away from his family. It's a little hopeful story, and may convey to children that they can be whoever or whatever they want to be, but it may take some bending and molding and maybe getting lost before finding your way.
Kristi Scramlin
This is a book showing how clouds sometimes look like different things such as a rabbit or a sheep, and with a little imagination everyone may see a different figure in the same cloud. Erin Carle does a great job of illustrating in a kids point of view of how they would see the clouds. Little Cloud would be a really fun book to read on a nice day because you could read it aloud to your class, then take your class outside for a little walk and have each person share what they see. After the walk ...more
Holly M
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Little Cloud is about a small cloud that breaks away from the other clouds and transforms himself into different shapes in the sky. In the end he joins the other clouds and it rains. The text of this book goes nicely with the pictures because it explains why he is transforming into the different objects. The illustrations, like other Eric Carle books, are created out of tissue paper made by Carle, himself. It is clear in this book how Carle cut and arranged the tissue paper to make the shapes. T ...more
Angie
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "The clouds drift across the bright blue sky--all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle's trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud."

My Review: Munchkin has been learning all about clouds and weather lately, and we love Eric Carle books so thought this would be perfect. It is a great little book with the cl
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Danielle Ducharme
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature
The illustrations in this book are both complicated yet simple. The content of the images are simple because it is only a cloud in different shapes. The materials used to portray the simple images are complex because the author uses unique painted tissue paper. The text of this book goes nicely with the pictures because it explains why he is transforming into the different objects. The book teaches the lesson of independence and being what ever you want to be but it also discusses the a lesson o ...more
Justin Myerson
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Summary:This simple book is about a little cloud who travels the world and studies the people and animals it encounters. The cloud mimics and turns into shapes of the people and animals it sees in the world. At the end the cloud joins up with other clouds to form a huge one.
Review: Such a simple book is great for beginner readers because it has a lot of repetition which is common in Eric Carle's book. I recommend this book to children who just beginning to read and those who are still f
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Vivian
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
What fun this is to share in a story time with pre-schoolers!

Every time I share this I do it a little differently. I may have the children do actions, such as "pushing up" the clouds or "being blown" as a cloud or "shaping" a ball of cloud or "stretching big" as a cloud and "shrinking small".

When Little Cloud changes into shapes I might invite the children to make the sound of the animal or object shown. We'll imitate a shark's jaws by opening and shutting our arms. We'll make the shapes of the
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Jaycie Shearer
The complicated illustrations in the book are surprisingly simple. Simple because it is merely a cloud in different shapes, however the materials used to portray the simple images are very complex, as the author used tissue paper to create the illustrations. The text goes nicely with the pictures because it explains why he is transforming into different objects. The lesson in the book is independence and being whatever you want to be, with an overall theme of teamwork. In the end, the cloud join ...more
Matthew Meehan
Little Cloud is very similar to Little Seed. It tells the life and times of a single cloud, who gladly goes on his way throughout space. I thought it was great how the cloud changes shapes on its own accord, as it gives root to the belief that clouds are indeed in the shape that we make them out to be when looking at the sky. I believe children, with their wide imaginations, would surely take to this thought as truth and really believe that clouds make specific shapes for them. Although the clou ...more
Darrielle
Little cloud sits and watches the clouds pass by. Use this book to create an integrated lesson plan bridging science standards and or writing standards. Have students take a nature walk and discuss the different types of clouds they see then have students create their own short writings for the story behind that particular cloud. The teacher may also find creative ways to bridge science experiments like creating a cloud in a bottle or art projects using chalk, crayons, cotton balls etc. to make ...more
Yiovana
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells a story about a little cloud that drifts apart from the other clouds. He goes and explores different shapes and turns into different things like a plane, a sheep and clown. He then goes back to the others and then it rains. I liked this book because it has an open ended discussion about how clouds move and children can give their different ideas on the different shapes they see in the clouds. Many activities can also come about this book, I know children can engage with it and en ...more
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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