The Man in the Clouds by Koos Meinderts

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When the Man in the Clouds creates a beautiful painting, people begin to make a pilgrimage up his mountain to see it for themselves--the misfits find it especially comforting. An art expert tells the artist that it is very valuable and he begins to think about differently, determined to protect it rather than share it. Finally, he sees that his greed and possessiveness has changed the way he sees the picture so he tosses it into the fire and looks out the window with fresh eyes, seeing again the beauty that enthralled him in the first place.
 

About Koos Meinderts

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Koos Meinderts (1953) writes songs and poems, books, cabaret and theatre plays for adults as well as children. His books won several awards and one of them was nominated for the prestigious German Juvenile Literature Award. Annette Fienieg (1959) has illustrated over eighty children's books, for instance most of the books her husband, Koos Meinderts, has written. She has won, amongst other prizes, the yearly Award of the Dutch Illustrators Guild. Koos and Annette are a couple. With Lemniscaat USA, they published The Man in the Clouds, which won the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award for outstanding contributions to children's literature.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Lemniscaat USA. 38 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The old man welcomes all sorts to his modest home, but when a stranger comes to see his famous painting and puts the idea into his head that selling it could make him rich, he can no longer just enjoy it for the peace it gave him.

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Well, Dutch picture book creators are always, it seems, doing interesting and beautiful things with picture book text and art.

May 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Man in the Clouds

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