Tabitha and the Raincloud

Tabitha and the Raincloud by Devon Sillett & Melissa Johns, EK Books 2020

This picture book presents an imaginative take on those bad days we all have, when nothing seems to go right.

Tabitha wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, only to discover a raincloud hovering over her. Things go from bad to worse as the raincloud drizzles on her scrambled eggs and messes up her art project. By lunch time, even Tabitha’s best friend doesn’t want to sit by her. “You’re just a bit too stormy today.” But when Tabitha finds a way to make the best of her circumstances, her friends join in, and the sun comes out again.

This is a sweet metaphorical story about a choice we all make daily: to let crummy circumstances spoil our mood or to make the best of it and stay positive. I think it’s a great conversation starter for parents, teachers, or therapists to talk to children about bad moods and perseverance in the face of obstacles. Plus it’s kid approved – my four year old especially loves this one and keeps requesting it over and over.

Possibly my favorite part about this book was the illustrations. They’re lovely and almost reminded me of an applique quilt. So I asked the publisher about the medium. It turns out that it’s “sustainable collage art.” The illustrator uses “recycled teabags, serviettes, gift wrapping and paper coffee cups” to create collages, finished off with mixed media. How cool is that?

I definitely recommend checking this one out.

*Note: I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

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