The Cloud Lasso

Penny Candy Bks. Nov. 2019. 48p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780999658444.
Gr 2-4–Heavy emotions like grief can be difficult for anyone to navigate, but they can be especially hard for children. A young girl named Delilah mourns the loss of her grandfather, Doo-Dad; even the weather has clouded over and mirrored her sadness. Before, Doo-Dad would spend cloudy days teaching Delilah something new. But now, everything is different. Suddenly, a blue jay lands on her head, Doo-Dad’s lasso clutched in its beak. Delilah takes the lasso and tries to use it; instead of roping something on the ground, however, she ropes the clouds. Emotion-laden illustrations fill the pages of this book, beginning in somber tones and graduating to brighter hues as the child’s mood shifts. As she ropes her clouds, each one becomes a representation of something that makes Delilah sad or angry. Bringing them to the ground allows her to stomp each cloud into oblivion while simultaneously allowing sunshine to appear in a blue sky. This story is a compelling read for children who have suffered the loss of a significant relative, especially a grandparent. Delilah’s visualization of the things that upset her can be a helpful tool to aid children in working through their difficult emotions in a constructive and useful way.
VERDICT While reading this book, children suffering from grief and loss will learn about an important tool to manage their intense emotions now and throughout their lives.

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