Picture Book Review
There was a boy who could spin thread from the clouds: gold in the morning, white in the afternoon, and crimson in the evening. He wove them into cloth. He spun just enough, and sang a tune his mother had taught him as he went along:
"Enough is enough and not one stitch more."
One day, the king rode through the town market. His greedy eyes immediately noticed the boy's beautiful golden, white and crimson scarf and ordered the child to make him one as well. A long, long scarf.
The boy tried to explain that it would not be wise to make such a long scarf and that the king certainly did not need it. But the king would hear nothing of it.
After the scarf was woven from the clouds, the king demanded dresses for the Queen and the Princess.
The boy sang sadly as he spun and soon the sky began to change ...
This is a tale about greed and its consequence, as well as having enough wisdom and courage to change it ~ a good story with important lessons for everyone. I am considerably not-greedy for material stuff, but I can empathize with the boy's lack of courage in standing up to the king. The beautiful illustrations are by Alison Jay (one of my favourite artists). I can 'feel' the glowing warmth of the sunset from that cover.
The copy at my library has a different title: 'Cloth from the Clouds.' I like 'The Cloud Spinner' better. How about you?
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