Monday, March 5, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Cuerpo de Nube by Ana A. de Eulate (Review)

26 Pages, 9.25 x 9.25
Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Kindle, PDF
Cloth, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $16.95)
ISBN 9788493781408


A touching story that helps young and old alike cope with the loss of a loved one, this beautifully illustrated and gentle narrative explains the difficult concept of death to children. Lambkin is a different little lamb; instead of being covered in wool, his body is a cloud. Throughout his life, Lambkin learns to accept the things that make him different. Perfect for parents and educators, this sensitive book treats a difficult topic with compassion and understanding.

My Thoughts:

If you follow my blog, then you know that my husband is from El Salvador, and speaks Spanish.  While pregnant with Savannah, he began to read the Little Prince to her in Spanish each evening, as a way for her to get used to his voice.  He would always tell me that he would love for his children to be bi-lingual, as you really need to be in today's day and age.  And, now that Savannah is here, along with her sister, Arabella, he continues to read Spanish children's books to them at bedtime.  I sat in the other night as he read this book.  I had noticed that he had been reading this book each night for over a week, and wanted to see what it was about.  Based on the illustration on the cover, it looked like a book about sheep and bedtime.  But, I was wrong.  As my husband translated the story into English, I began to get sad.  At first, I wondered why they would write a story like this for children. Even though the ending was not what I had expected, I loved the writing style of the author.  If you don't know Spanish, the title of this book translates to the Little Cloud Sheep.  The book was written to help children deal with a loss and explain death and dying to them in a gentle way, using a sheep, whose body was made out of a cloud.  I will not spoil the ending, but if you do get a chance to read this book, I would love to know your thoughts.  I can see this as a great book to read to a young children coping with loss, as it really does put things in perspective, so that little ones can understand and begin to heal.

About the Author:

Ana A. of Eulate is the award-winning author of Gaspar y las zapatillas magicas. Monica Carretero is an author and an award-winning illustrator. She has published numerous books, including El gato con botas and Candela: Mision Zeta. 

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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