Little Cloud drifts in the sky with the other clouds and has a life that any cloud would want. But Little Cloud isn't happy. She doesn't want to make thunder and rain like the other clouds. The earth below is so beautiful -- purple mountains, scarves of snow, silver-topped waves. She wants to live and play on the earth and be on her own.
How will Little Cloud ever come to understand that everything has its special place in the world, most especially her?
Most of Little Cloud’s peers want to gang up and terrify the earth with storm and thunder, but she craves individuality, and so she drifts away from the group mentality. Freedom is satisfying, but Little Cloud also feels lonely, and she yearns to be a part of the earth, rather than just float above it. Lady Wind understands her feelings and blows in to take her far from the dangerous thunderclouds and over the mountains and oceans to a place where Little Cloud merges with the earth at last—as dew, rainbows, and mist. In the process, she realizes that it is possible to maintain both connection and individuality: to be me and all of the things I dreamed of. Qualls’ acrylic, collage, and pencil illustrations suit the story’s theme and changing moods wonderfully, anthropomorphizing the characters in a palette of blues, grays, purples, pinks, and oranges that is just right for the celestial dreams on the pages.Gentle and poetic, this tale will resonate with anyone who has been caught in the tempest of mean or unfriendly behavior, at a playground, school, or party. Grades 1-3. --Andrew Medlar