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Once upon a cloud, by Claire Keane

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Once upon a cloud
Title
Once upon a cloud
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by Claire Keane
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
While thinking very hard about the perfect gift for her mother just before she falls asleep, Celeste is blown way up into the sky by the Wind, where she meets the Stars, the Moon, and the Sun, and when she awakens she finds exactly what she sought
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  • Preschool-Grade 2 This Disneyesque little book is Disneyesque for a reason: Keane is a visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she worked on such kid gospels as Tangled and Frozen. Indeed, our little girl protagonist, Celeste, has the huge eyes, apple cheeks, and expressive ponytail of the baby mermaids in The Little Mermaid. Her quest is a simple one: she wants to get the perfect birthday present for her mother. After thinking about the present throughout her day, she and her little dog, both on a curved couch, are literally blown away by a strong wind into a magical sky kingdom that includes cloud castles, stars that look like fairies, and the golden sun, where a radiant princess shares tea with her. Celeste’s adventures lead her to pick flowers as the ideal gift for her mother. Though our heroine is a tad passive and the plot is a bit flat, the illustrations, done in dry pastel, are undeniably gorgeous. A good break from running that Disney DVD for the millionth time. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 04-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 15)
  • PreS-Gr 1 — Disney animation artist Keane delivers her picture book debut with a cartoon fantasy awash in mostly pink and purple pastels . At bedtime, ethereal dreams take over Celeste's ponderings on the ideal gift for her mother. The wind carries her into the sky to star princesses and a castle. The moon tells her stories, and then the sun princess greets her at dawn with a cup of tea. The next morning, inspired by her travels, Celeste gathers flowers that sparkle like stars and blossoms that glow like the moon, then ties them with a red hair ribbon, to provide her mother the perfect present. VERDICT Fairy fans will be pleased with this modest tale.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA --Gay Lynn Van Vleck (Reviewed February 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 2, p70)
  • Keane’s background as a visual development artist is on full display in her picture-book debut—her nighttime landscapes carry faint echoes of midcentury animation classics like Fantasia ; unfortunately, they also look more like sketches and storyboard stills than fully rendered art. The story centers around a wide-eyed girl who can’t decide on the perfect gift for her mother. Pondering this quandary at bedtime, Celeste is whisked out the window on the breath of the wind, which Keane imagines as an elderly figure with a sweeping, curling beard. Celeste soon meets other celestial personae, dancing with princesslike stars who bedeck her with jewels, listening to stories told by the sleepy moon (his nightcap has an evocative crescentlike curve), and enjoying tea with the Sun, who resembles an ethereal cousin to Disney’s Cinderella. Keane’s wispy illustrations create alluring settings, but the underlying story falls short—the resolution, in which Celeste’s travels inspire her to gather flowers from a field as a gift, feels largely disconnected from her journey. Ages 3–5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 12, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 02, p)
  • Celeste ponders the perfect gift for her mother all day until bedtime, when "the Wind bl[ows] in and carrie[s] her away." The Wind takes her first to the Stars, who are "eagerly awaiting her arrival." The Stars are portrayed as wispy star clusters that form young women in full skirts floating in the sky. They bedeck her with sparkly shoes, necklace, and crown. Next she meets the Moon, a glowing, white-bearded old man who has "many stories to tell her." Soon the sky brightens from cool purples into glowing oranges to reveal the Sun. Celeste is warmed by the cup of tea she sips with the queenly Sun. As the Wind returns to take her home, she ponders her encounters and what the various beings have shared with her. Just before the Wind delivers her to her home, Celeste spots the perfect gift for her mother—a field of flowers that sparkle and glow, sure "to warm her mother's heart." Debut author Keane has worked for Disney, and her illustrations show the influence. Her choice to use dry pastels softens the dreamy scenes, which pair well with the story of a young girl on a quest. It feels rather like a polished storyboard, and Celeste's pink cheeks and cupid's-bow lips have a commercial appeal that completes the ready-for-animation look. Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Frozen and other princess tales. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2015)
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Keane, Claire
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
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Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
preschool
Label
Once upon a cloud, by Claire Keane
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Publication
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volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000054338115
Dimensions
23 x 28 cm.
Extent
[34] pages
Isbn
9780803739116
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014010746
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)876466575
Label
Once upon a cloud, by Claire Keane
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000054338115
Dimensions
23 x 28 cm.
Extent
[34] pages
Isbn
9780803739116
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014010746
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)876466575

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