Friday, January 7, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Cloud Book

Media Type: Print Book
Title: The Cloud Book
Author: Tommie DePaola
Publisher: Holiday House
Pages: Paperback; 32
Release Date: July 1, 1985
Source: Library
Recommended to: Parents looking for an interesting way to teach their readers about different types of clouds.

Difficulty Level: The vocabulary in this makes it more of an upper reader. Ages 8 and up should be able to read this alone.

Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N
The ten most common clouds along with related myths and popular weather sayings.

I love Tommie DePaola so very much! All of his books are so richly illustrated and filled with information that is easy for children to understand. I knew I had to have this one.

When I was presented with a month long curriculum on weather I knew that I needed to find an interesting book for my kids. Working with first graders means that every single book I read to them needs to be bright, vivid and intriguing or well...they have short attention spans, you get the gist!

Of course when I found out that Tommie DePaola had a book about clouds, I snagged it! My kids have previous experience with his books and they love the illustrations. The best part about The Cloud Book is definitely the illustrations. Each page describes a different type of cloud formation, and then shows an example of that type. The kids loved this! They also loved how the book mentions that clouds can look like real life animals, shapes, etc.

What is really great about this book is also that it transcends all grades. Yes, the illustrations are adorable, but the information within in genuinely well put together! I didn't end up reading every page to the kids because, well let's face it, cumulonimbus is not exactly a word that they will remember at age 6. However, if you were to give this book to a fifth grade class they could definitely use it for a science project. Science mixed with adorable pictures, this book is sure to interest any age that you read it to.

Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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