An animal tale with heart and charm for visually impaired and sighted children, sensitively crafted with inventive...

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COTTON CANDY CLOUDS

A rabbit describes a magical journey to the clouds in this debut board book.

A bespectacled little gray rabbit fancies that if it could touch the wispy, cotton candy–colored clouds illuminating the morning sky, they would feel like a cuddly, fluffy teddy bear. They would smell like fresh-washed laundry and be bouncy like a trampoline. The clouds would be so yummy to eat—like fruit “sprinkled with sugar,” the animal thinks—that while you danced on them, you could scoop up a taste to share with friends. Illustrated by veteran author/artist Harvey (More than a Best Friend, 2018, etc.), the tender story offers both sighted and visually impaired children imagination-stirring ways to use their senses to interpret their surroundings. Harvey’s skilled, double-page–spread, oh-so-soft watercolor images are a cozy complement to Moore’s vivid use of language—“a melody coming from the clouds...like a happy lullaby” is created by a guitar’s “quiet vibration,” a “slow thump of the bass,” and the “twinkling” of a harp. The hand-lettered look of the text on the high-quality, heavy paperboard pages adds flair, floating and curving, dropping and rising with the clouds. Touchingly, Moore dedicates the book to her son “who cannot see the clouds” and to his brother, who “tirelessly” depicts the world for him. (A Braille version of the work is also available.)

An animal tale with heart and charm for visually impaired and sighted children, sensitively crafted with inventive illustrations and word pictures.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-73264-274-4

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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THE LORAX

The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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