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Gr. 3-5. This picture book for older children follows Water Dance (1997) in what one hopes will be a long series. It blends Locker's spare, poetic, informative text with his well-known Hudson River school-style landscapes. The strength here, as with many of his works, is the way Locker lets his paintings do most of the talking. Austere lines of text ("High, wispy clouds race in the autumn wind" or "Fluffy summer clouds march in the blue sky") are complemented by art that goes beyond the call of illustrative duty to reveal the wonder and beauty of the sky in different seasons and under various meteorological conditions. The paintings speak eloquently of the complete, seamless quality of the elemental natural world. An informative section at the book's end, entitled "About Clouds," links the beauty to the science. With Locker's immediate stylistic connexion to the Hudson River painters, Cloud Dance becomes a successful blend of fiction, science, and art. Tim Arnold
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"A successful blend of history, science, and art."--Booklist "This beautifully designed book [is] . . . perfect for quiet and relaxed sharing between adult and child."--School Library Journal