I have come a long way since I first wrote and illustrated "Clarinda Cloud." The illustrations were done in a "crayon" brush in an illustrating program. I thought the crayon look might look nice in a children's book, since mostly young children color with crayons. However, I don't believe that was the case. The crayon-look made the illustrations look sloppy. They were amateurish.
I do think the crayon look could have been pulled off, if I had more experience. But at the time, I did not. The new illustrations make the images "pop" better. They are more eye catching and more appealing.
I am happy to say that the text is still repetitive and easy for young children to follow along. As an educator, I made it that way. I know how it important it is for children at that age to feel they are "learning to read." In actuality, more often than not, they are really memorizing the text both from the repetition and through picture cues. However, don't be fooled. This leads to real reading!
Why is "Clarinda Cloud" so important to get for a young child? Let me tell you. There are so many problems that stem from people not identifying and sharing their feelings in a healthy way. Bullying, family violence, abuse, fighting… would all drop tremendously if we were all taught at a young age how to identify and share our feelings in a healthy way. This is where "Clarinda Cloud" comes in. "Clarinda Cloud" encourages young children to identify and share their feelings. It is a basic book at a basic level. However, it helps in so many ways!
Okay, as promised, here are the sell links for the book. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, I would love a review and of course, share it will all your friends. Thank you.
Buy at Create Space
Buy at Amazon.com
Buy on Kindle
Buy at Barnesandnoble.com