Monday, March 30, 2015

Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

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by Claire Keane
Published by Dial Books, March 3, 2015
40 Pages • ISBN 978-0803739116 • Hardcover

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Book description:
Fresh from her work on Frozen and Tangled, Claire Keane brings her legendary talent to her debut picture book about finding the right present for someone you love.

Celeste wants to give her mother something special — but what? Her search takes her up into the skies, where she meets the stars, the moon and the sun, but she still doesn’t find the heartfelt present she’s been looking for. At the end of her journey, Celeste sees it — the perfect gift! Chosen with care and wrapped with love, it’s just what Celeste was hoping to find.


Celeste wants too give her mother the perfect gift, but as hard as she thinks about it, she can't seem to come up with the perfect gift. When she lies down to think about it some more, the winds come and pick her up and take her on an adventure into the sky, where she meets the stars, the moon, and the sun, and through these adventures, she realizes what it is she wants to give her mother as the perfect gift.

This book is beautiful. The story is charming, but the real strength in this volume lay in the art; Claire Keane's paintings are, in a word, stunning. I read through the volume once, and then have gone back about a half dozen times in the last week to just look at the artwork. It really is simply stunning. I'd highly recommend this to anyone, with or without children, who enjoy a lovely, whimsical tale.

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