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The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool and Illustrated by Alison Jay

One small boy has a special gift—he can weave cloth from the clouds: gold in the early morning with the rising sun, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He spins just enough cloth for a warm scarf. But when the king sees the boy’s magnificent cloth, he demands cloaks and gowns galore. “It would not be wise,” the boy protests. “Your majesty does not need them!” But spin he must—and soon the world around him begins to change.

From author Michael Catchpool and illustrator Alison Jay comes a magical tale about the beauty and fragility of our natural world, and the wisdom and courage needed to protect it.

Expected publication date: March 13, 2012

When I happened upon this new book featuring illustrations from the incredibly talented Alison Jay I couldn’t help but mention it. I’m eagerly waiting for this one as we’ve loved all of Alison’s other illustrated books! (Our reviews: The Nutcracker and Picture This)

Find The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool and Illustrated by Alison Jay Here:

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9 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool

  1. What a cool thing to do. I love this concept. Seriously.

  2. carol says:

    This sounds like a great new fable, thanks for sharing.


  3. Beth Hoffman says:

    I’m crazy about the cover. This is going on my list for a little boy I know!

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    I love these spins off classic fairy tales. This one sounds like a boy version of Rumplestiltskin

  5. Allison says:

    Oh, how lovely! I’m so glad you posted about this book- since I do the YA book buying for my library, I don’t keep up with upcoming picture book titles as well as I could. I LOVE Alison Jay’s artwork, so I’m excited to hear about this one!

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