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Little Cloud and Lady Wind
Morrison, Toni.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2010]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Little Cloud does not want to join the other clouds in terrorizing the earth with storms, but grows lonely and longs to look closer at mountains and seas, until Lady Wind makes her dream come true.
General Note:
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Reading Level:
Ages 4-8.

AD 550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 135586.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 47909.
Added Uniform Title:
Bundle of sticks. English.

Format :


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Material Type
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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Little Cloud likes her own place in the sky, away from the other clouds. There, the sky is all hers. She is free to make her own way and go where she wishes. Can Lady Wind show Little Cloud the power of being with others? Will Little Cloud agree there is strength in unity and change her ways? A fresh take on a classic story, Little Cloud and Lady Wind will teach kids how to work together to achieve their goals.

Author Notes

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University.

Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, Home, and God Help the Child. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the Edward MacDowell Medal for her outstanding contribution to American culture in 2016, and the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction in 2016. She also co-wrote children's books with her son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Most of Little Cloud's peers want to gang up and terrify the earth with storm and thunder, but she craves individuality, and so she drifts away from the group mentality. Freedom is satisfying, but Little Cloud also feels lonely, and she yearns to be a part of the earth, rather than just float above it. Lady Wind understands her feelings and blows in to take her far from the dangerous thunderclouds and over the mountains and oceans to a place where Little Cloud merges with the earth at last as dew, rainbows, and mist. In the process, she realizes that it is possible to maintain both connection and individuality: to be me and all of the things I dreamed of. Qualls' acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations suit the story's theme and changing moods wonderfully, anthropomorphizing the characters in a palette of blues, grays, purples, pinks, and oranges that is just right for the celestial dreams on the pages.Gentle and poetic, this tale will resonate with anyone who has been caught in the tempest of mean or unfriendly behavior, at a playground, school, or party.--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Morrisons (Peeny Butter Fudge) examine the problem of being part of a group while maintaining one's identity. Quietly rebellious Little Cloud will not join the other clouds, who want to "terrify the earth with storm and thunder." She loves the earth and wants to live there. Lady Wind carries her through a storm and brings her to a valley spangled with dew, mist, and a rainbow, as Little Cloud learns she can be part of the earth without losing her cloudness. In Qualls's (Before John Was a Jazz Giant) collages, Little Cloud has pensive expressions and puffy blue hair, while Lady Wind has the flowing hair and gown of a goddess. The homey, cut-and-paste nature of the pencil lines, cut-paper stars, and pale blue paint strokes forms a comfortable counterpoint to the mythic dimensions of the story. Despite some lyrical passages ("Little Cloud looked again and saw a necklace of many colors stretching from her place in the sky to the valley"), the text sometimes feels heavy-handed; the conclusion, in contrast to the story's espousal of freedom, seems preordained. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-When the biggest cloud calls all of the others together in order to "terrify the earth with storm and thunder," Little Cloud wanders away to a quiet place in the sky. She enjoys her freedom and longs to engage with such earthly delights as flowers and ocean waves. Lady Wind observes her dreams and carries her off, past the pursuing thunderclouds, the lightning, and the dark mountains. In the morning, they arrive at a place where Little Cloud can see a rainbow, dew falling from her garments, and mist, and she happily declares, "Now I see. I can be me and part of something too." Young readers will empathize with Little Cloud's desire to be independent and free from what is expected of her, and they will feel her happiness at finding a place where she can realize her dreams with the help of a nurturing figure. But the oft-told story is tired, and even Qualls's whimsical depictions of a cherubic little girl with cloud hair and a Thelonius Monk-channeling storm cloud can't freshen it. The message of Aesop's "The Bundle of Sticks," that there is "strength in unity"-the fable that Morrison claims inspired this tale-is lost on young readers.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.