Children’s Book Review: Leslie the Cloud

December 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments

Leslie the Cloud begins with three chilling words—”Where’s my wagon?”—and uses this unsettlingly innocent query as a departure point for a profoundly sobering parable. An impressive accomplishment for any children’s book, to be sure, but doubly so given the yawningly predictable plot: a small and insecure cumulus cloud can’t find her wagon, and in a fugue of cascading despair heads for the moon, thereat to float, alone and forever. As Leslie slowly comes to understand that the wagon is truly gone, the child reader is forced to consider such topics as the long-term residual effects of permanent loss, the hollow and lingering sorrow of self-pity, and the inevitable necessity of withdrawal and its promise of eternal, silent solitude.

Highly recommended.

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