The Cloud Spinner (Hardcover)

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By Michael Catchpool, Alison Jay (Illustrator)
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“There once was a boy who could make amazing things by spinning the clouds into fabric richer than the finest silks. He only used a few of the clouds for himself, but when the king sees what the boy can do, he demands that all of his family's clothing be made from clouds. As the king's demands increase, the boy uses more and more clouds, there is less and less rain, and the world becomes drier and hotter. Seeing the greed of her father and the need of the people, the king's daughter steals all of the cloud clothing and returns it to the boy who sends the clouds back to the sky. With Alison Jay's timeless illustrations, this book is certain to become a classic.”
— Emily Grossenbacher, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS


Perfect for Earth Day--and all through the year.  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.

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....

About the Author

MICHAEL CATCHPOOL holds a degree in Drama, Television, and Theater Studies. He is the author of a number of picture books and is currently a headteacher in a large primary school in Cambridgeshire, England. He is married with two children.

ALISON JAY is a graduate of the London College of Printing and is the acclaimed illustrator of many picture books. Her signature style is created using alkyd paint on thick cartridge paper, with a crackle varnish, giving an aged effect.

Praise For…

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2012:
“There are definitely lessons about taking only what you need, about care for the needs of others and about listening to what is unsaid, but they are fully inside the story and only add to the pleasure.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375870118
ISBN-10: 0375870113
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 13th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English