The cloud spinner by Michael Catchpool ; illustrations by Alison Jay

     Review by:  Lisa

Title:  The cloud spinner

Author:  Michael Catchpool ; illustrations by Alison Jay

Collection:  Children’s EZ Books

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.

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.

“Enough is enough and not one stitch more” is the chorus of this book, which teaches the lesson of taking only what is needed and about the repercussions of greed and selfishness.  These lessons are delivered with subtlety and grace, and with the perspective that it is not always the older and experienced who demonstrate wisdom.

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