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MAY 2001
Volume 2 Number 5

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Book Review...
by Kathleen Carpenter, Contributing Editor

Book Review: Cloud Woman

Cloud Woman
Author/Illustrator Georgia Hedrick
Adobe PDF eBook

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Before there were books, there were stories which existed only in the minds and words of those who passed them around and down, immortalizing them across generations and through the ages. There was a time when no trees were sacrificed for the preservation of tales upon paper. But that changed for a long period, and self-proclaimed "tree-huggers" like Georgia Hedrick became pained over the forests of green leaves sacrificed for the sake of paper leaves in volumes sitting on dusty shelves, in warehouses, and tossed into the trash when their appeal had worn off. Then came the birth of eBooks. Cloud Woman is my first experience with an eBook.

Before there was snow there was Cloud Woman, a little woman who lived far up in the sky "in a little house of clouds." And before there was snow there were children who shivered and shook and grumbled about the cold. There was nothing about Winter that made them smile, and that made Cloud Woman sad. Swirling in her clouds of elegant blues and ethereal lavenders, golden hair aglow, Cloud Woman created snow, and the children never again complained about Winter.

Before there was Cloud Woman, there was Georgia Hedrick. At age 61 Hedrick boldy entered the world of e-writing, brandishing a talented and magical cyber-brush in a one-woman campaign to save trees by producing books without paper while providing good literature for children, illuminated with beautiful art. She has succeeded with Cloud Woman. Its rhythmic, repetitive, and alliterative language are carefully crafted without becoming cloying. The story is engaging as a read aloud for children younger than six and the text supportive enough for the early primary age child sitting at a computer. The illustrations are simply beautiful, enhanced by display on the computer screen.

The appealing tale is also utilitarian. Like any good teacher, Georgia finds ways to weave multiple purposes together efficiently so that the beauty of language and eye-candy visuals offer more than entertainment. "Once upon a time, I had to teach first graders that all changes in weather come from clouds, so I told them about 'Cloudwoman' and from that was this story born." The author had more than one purpose in writing Cloud Woman, but she summarizes her goal this way: "I wanted kids to look up at the skies and say forever after: I wonder where Cloud Woman is today?"

If you're ready to try your first eBook, I recommend Cloud Woman by Georgia Hedrick.

Cloud Woman by Georgia Hedrick is available for $6.95 through Click on "Children's Books," follow the steps for purchase through their secure ordering page, then download making certain to SAVE IT after download.

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