Monday, February 25, 2013

The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

As a fan of anything related to the fiber arts, I was intrigued by the title and beautiful cover art of The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool. What I found upon reading this picture book was a story that is both magical and timeless. A little boy has learned from his mother how to spin clouds into thread and weave this thread into beautiful cloth. As he spins and weaves, he sings a line his mother taught him:
“Enough is enough and not one stitch more.”
When he visits town one day, the king sees one of his beautiful scarves and demands that he weave a much longer scarf for him. The boy warns the king that it is not wise to make such a long scarf, but the king doesn’t listen. Eventually the king makes the boy weave clothes for him, the queen, and the princess and again ignores the boy’s plea. The king’s subjects become desperate for rain when there are no clouds left in the sky. Can the young princess and the boy work together to bring rain to the parched kingdom?

A story in the tradition of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson, The Cloud Spinner teaches about the consequences of greed and the importance of conserving the earth’s resources.

Search the VBPL catalog for The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool. Alison Jay’s whimsical illustrations take the reader to a fairy tale land with ethereal beauty. If you enjoy these beautiful illustrations, search the catalog for other picture books written or illustrated by Jay.

No comments: