Educational activities for The Cloud Artist are available under the “Book Activities” tab.
Summary: Born with the gift of painting with the clouds, Leona, a little Choctaw girl, uses the sky as her canvas to the delight of her people. When a traveling man learns of her gift and invites her to join the carnival, the Cloud Artist must make a decision about what kind of artist she wants to be.
Review: Calling upon the ancient tradition of storytellers, the advance reading copy of The Cloud Artist begins with the words, “A long time ago…” as it sets the stage for a tale that incorporates a love of nature, Native American lore, and the wonder of a small girl who discovers she can paint pictures in the sky by waving her fingers at the clouds. Author Sherri Maret and illustrator Merisha Sequoia Clark brilliantly incorporate their Choctaw heritage into this multicultural, bilingual picture book that delivers a tale of magic in the style of the elders repeating the stories of their culture. From the historical timeline subtly portrayed in the illustrations, through the child’s encounter with difficulties and emotions that she must work out for herself, to the joy of seeing a lifetime of love in a multi-generational family, this story will enthrall and delight parents, grandparents, and children of all ages. The text is presented in both English and Choctaw, with a small graphic border dividing the two.
The book and worksheets together would also make great emergency plans for a substitute teacher to utilize. Highly Recommended for grades K-5 –Joanne K. Hammond, Librarian, Chambersburg [PA] Area School District ©2017.
First review by a child who is a fourth grader. I appreciate it!
My first two books with Sunbury Press are now available only through me (in limited quantities). My first publisher and I parted ways.
Summary: A gingerbread man, who fears he will be eaten by two children or their mother, finds himself at an elementary school seeking help from many of the people who work there.
Summary: A lady who loves animals flies to Africa for an amazing animal adventure. When it is time to go home, she decides she wants to take a baby animal home with her. The lady ends up having a very different kind of adventure that wasn’t at all what she had planned.
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