The Cloud SpinnerIn this medieval take on environmental consciousness, author Michael Catchpool reminds us that the world’s natural resources should be used sparingly and only when necessary. And Alison Jay’s illustrations remind us that picture books can be clever, awesome, and beautiful at the same time.

The Cloud Spinner
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A boy who weaves clouds to into clothing makes just enough for himself and his family. But when the king comes along and asks him to make full wardrobes for his entire family, all the clouds are used up and drought ravages the kingdom. Eventually the princess returns the clothing to the boy, who returns the clouds to the sky, which returns the rain (and happiness) to the kingdom.

Jay’s cracked painting artistic style fits perfectly with the old kingdom setting, and the (not-so) hidden smiles (and frowns) constructed from nature’s elements are fun for the kids and adults alike.


Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.