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 When Cloud became a cloud
 Author: Hodgson, Rob

 Publisher:  Rise (2021)

 Dewey: 551.48
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [62] p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 450862 ISBN: 9780593224915
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Water cycle

Price: $23.28

Meet Cloud! Follow along as she moves, transforms, precipitates, and more in this charming and humorous portrayal of the water cycle. From drizzle to snow to a thunderstorm party, Cloud's journey is documented through short, engaging chapters that capture the excitement and humor of weather in its many forms.

   Kirkus Reviews (11/15/20)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/01/21)
   Booklist (12/01/20)

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—A delightful illustrated depiction of the water cycle. Hodgson begins with a sun—"Hot stuff"—over a lake, and Cloud is created through the droplets that float from the lake to the sky. Cloud goes through a metamorphosis in every chapter, incorporating breezy lessons on fog, rainbows, storm systems, snow, and rain. For example, Wind befriends Cloud and blows him around the sky. Sun and Wind work together to blow Cloud through cities, mountains, and countryside. Cloud is blown into a very cold place that allows some of its water droplets to freeze and become snowflakes that fall from the sky to the ground. Wind continues to blow Cloud into cold regions. Cloud becomes fascinated with the water droplets down in the snow and floats down to see them. Cloud goes so low that it generates fog. Cloud makes friends with other clouds, and is awestruck when Sun shines light through droplets after a storm to create a rainbow. The book is divided into easy chapters that invite closer inspection of smiling raindrops and other friendly elements. The science is serious, the explanations cheerful, and children will come away with a fairly extensive understanding of how clouds become clouds. VERDICT A simplified but terrific tale, perfect for beginning readers or anyone seeking an exciting and funny science story.—Annmarie Braithwaite, New York P.L. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/01/2020 In what might be the most adorable depiction of the water cycle ever, this endearing picture book follows Cloud’s journey from water droplets to sky fluff. The cheery illustrations anthropomorphize the story’s major players, pasting smiling faces onto a lake, the sun, water droplets, the wind, and clouds. Each stage of the water cycle is presented in its own chapter, beginning with the formation of Cloud the cloud, the happy by-product of Sun heating up the water of a lake. Chapter 2 sees the arrival of Wind, who “loves to blow warm air to cold places” and sends Cloud scooting through the sky. Successive chapters tackle weather events, including snow, fog, rain, a thunderstorm, and a rainbow, until Cloud arrives back at the lake where the story began. Hodgson utilizes graphic novel conventions throughout the book, using panels and speech balloons to show Cloud’s exciting journey. This book is aimed at very young learners, as it successfully conveys basic concepts without using scientific language—and not only that, it makes its lessons fun! - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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