Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker


This celebration of clouds combines informative, poetic text and beautiful, dramatic paintings of different types of clouds. The text is sparse but lyrical, and in many spreads, it's really the paintings that will communicate the most about the cloud type being featured.  We recommend you use this "successful blend of fiction, science, and art" (Booklist) at the end of a unit on clouds, to reinforce what you have taught and perhaps as a group assessment.

Reading Levels:  Interest Level:  Grade 2-5   /   Grade Level Equivalent:  2.6   /   DRA Level:  30   /   Guided Reading:  N   /   Lexile: 490L

Sample Pages:  Below are two representative spreads from inside Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker.  The spread on the left reads "Clouds of many shapes and sizes drift and dance across the sky."  The spread on the right reads "In every time and season the colors of clouds are always changing."





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