The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

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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!" But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change.From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.
 

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MICHAEL CATCHPOOL holds a degree in Drama, Television, and Theater Studies. He is the author of a number of picture books and is currently a headteacher in a large primary school in Cambridgeshire, England. He is married with two children.ALISON JAY is a graduate of the London College of Printing and is the acclaimed illustrator of many picture books. Her signature style is created using alkyd paint on thick cartridge paper, with a crackle varnish, giving an aged effect.





Author Residence: Hertfordshire, UKALISON JAY is a graduate of the London College of Printing and is the acclaimed illustrator of many picture books. Her signature style is created using alkyd paint on thick cartridge paper, with a crackle varnish, giving an aged effect.Illustrator Residence: London, UK
 
Published March 28, 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf BFYR. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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The boy weaves wondrous cloth from the clouds: gold in the morning, white in the afternoon, crimson at sunset, “[j]ust as his mother had taught him.” His mother also taught him to be sparing, so he uses just enough to weave a white scarf to protect his head from the heat of the day, and a gold an...

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That’s just the type of special garment crafted by the titular cloud spinner, a boy who transforms clouds into elegant threads in Catchpool’s ecological fable.

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"The Cloud Spinner" is a delightful story of spinning, weaving, greed and the environment.

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The boy in The Cloud Spinner has a remarkable gift: he can weave cloth from clouds.

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Children's Books Guide

But the boys words at the end of the story are words of hope, when the princess asks, “Is it too late to undo what has been done?” the boy replies “There is still time.” It takes courage, and a fair amount of wisdom, to stand up and protect our fragile planet, but reading this story gives each of...

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