The Cloud Spinner by Michael CatchpoolThe Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

The Cloud Spinner

byMichael CatchpoolIllustratorAlison Jay

Picture Books | March 13, 2012

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Perfect for Earth Day--and all through the year.  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.

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....
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 man...
Title:The Cloud SpinnerFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.11 × 9.98 × 0.41 inPublished:March 13, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375870113

ISBN - 13:9780375870118


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A charming fairytale for you I loved this book. The illustrations are very vintage and the colour pallet perfect for a story with a fairytale flavour. A little boy, with a special gift, can weave clouds ... the morning colours of gold, the mid-day colours of white and the evening colours of crimson into a magical cloth. His mom taught him to be frugal and only use what he needs and not one titch more. The little boy obeys and creates a hat and a scarf made of the softest material to shelter him from the elements. The king comes through his village one day and spots the little boy's scarf. He is smitten with the quality and uniqueness of the cloth and orders the little boy to make him a similar one but much bigger and longer because after all, he was the king. The little boy warns the king of being excessive and demanding more than he should. "It would not be wise, the boy protests." "Your majesty does not need them." But the king will have none of it and orders the little peasant to do his bidding. The king adores his new apparel and then demands the boy make a dress for his queen and one for his daughter. Reluctantly and sadly the little boy obeys knowing the consequences will be devastating to his village. Such greed and selfishness on the monarch's part causes the clouds to disappear from the sky and a huge drought overshadows the land making the commoners unable to grow their food or get any water at all . Two children (one being the little boy himself), takes it upon themselves to step up and find a solution to this huge problem plaguing the kingdom and the solution is just in time, bringing order and peace back into their world.
Date published: 2014-05-30

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2012:
“There are definitely lessons about taking only what you need, about care for the needs of others and about listening to what is unsaid, but they are fully inside the story and only add to the pleasure.”