Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud
Flying Eye Books, 2017
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
It is summer and the hot sun has scared away all the clouds, leaving one little raincloud sad and lonely. With his friends gone he decides to find another friend but no one is interested in having a raincloud anywhere near their beautiful sunny day.
Then far below he spies a little girl, one whose body language suggests she is as lonely as he is, although he discovers it’s because she is so grumpy. But when he also discovers the reason she is such a cranky-pants he realises he is able to help her and so a new friendship is formed…
With its retro palette and style this book explores emotions and feelings in a different way – why does no one want to be friends with the raincloud? Is it okay for Ivy to be grumpy? Is rain always such a bad thing? How does the weather affect our mood – and our plans?
Using the pictures as clues and cures, young children might be able to predict the reason for her mood and even how the raincloud can help her, sparking discussions about how we need the rain and its impact on our lives. Little ones will begin to understand the balance that is needed to keep the planet on an even keel.