The Little Cloud by Beverley Burch & Elspeth Nicol
The Little Cloud by Beverley Burch & Elspeth Nicol. Pub. Makaro Press, 2017.
A blast from the past in terms of style of writing, presentation and illustrations. It was written in 1959, forgotten, rediscovered in 2014 and revamped for today’s market. A jolly good job too.
It is very much a story book that you could read to a class of juniors or individually read by years 3 & 4.
It is a story of a little cloud who is part of a big storm cloud that is bringing wind and rain to Wellington. The little cloud longs to be on his own in fine weather and when he gets his chance and goes further up the North Island he finds a parched land in need of rain.
Little cloud learns to cry and bring rain, chases an aeroplane and falls on top of Mt Taranaki happy to know he has become a real cloud.
The illustrations are in both black and white and colour, presenting the New Zealand landscape as it was in 1959. The picture on the cover is totally different from the others looking very much like something Bob Kerr might have done. The effect is extraordinary and enhances the book.
Check this little gem out you might never see another. A short history of the authors in the back makes for interesting reading.