Monday, 24 February 2020

Tabitha and the Raincloud


Tabitha and the Raincloud by Devon Sillett, illustrated by Melissa Johns (EK  Books) RRP HB $24.99 ISBN 9781925820133

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Tabitha and the Raincloud is about a little girl with big emotions. When Tabitha wakes up, she discovers that she has a raincloud hovering over her head. Throughout her morning things go from bad to worse and her mood plummets along with it. Luckily for Tabitha, by the afternoon she is able to change her thought pattern and make the most of a bad situation.

The unique collage illustrations are created by the talented Melissa Johns. The award-winning artist has handcrafted exquisite single page and double page spreads from recycled teabags, fabrics, gift wrap and other mixed media – in a process she calls ‘Misscycled Art’. The gorgeous endpapers, featuring raindrops, are an added bonus and complement the story well. If you adore her artwork as much as I do, you may want to check out her Facebook page: Miss Johns – Misscycled Art or her Instagram page @missjohns_art

Tabitha and the Raincloud
 is an enjoyable story about emotions, self-regulation and resilience and is suitable for children aged 4+ years. This picture book would be an asset to the primary classroom, offering teaching opportunities for social and emotional learning as well as language and literacy (idioms, metaphors and inferencing).

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