OLGA THE CLOUD by Nicoletta Costa

OLGA THE CLOUD

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

A cloud’s gotta do what a cloud’s gotta do.

Happy Olga just drifts through the sky with a smile on her face as she observes all the sights around and below her. Wanting to rest (and maybe “make a little rain”), she looks around for a suitable location. The moon does not want her. A cat scares her. A mother hen shoos her off. A woman hanging laundry to dry angrily tells her to leave; she doesn’t want any rain on her clean clothing! Finally, Olga receives sage advice from a bird and joins other clouds to do what clouds in company do—“make a big wonderful rain.” It is a happy ending with a moral reminiscent of Leo Lionni’s classic Swimmy. There is strength and purpose in numbers. Costa is Italian, and this title, smoothly translated, is a lovely little tale. The art, rendered in India ink, acrylic paint and pastel, is delicate and appealing. The palette is a lovely assortment of blues for the sky and the water. Animals, trees and happy-faced clouds are all outlined in fine black lines.

A beguiling ode to gentle rain. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3213-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2014




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