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*Sector 7 (Caldecott Honor Book)* by David Weisner


Sector 7 (Caldecott Honor Book)
by David Weisner
Ages 4-8 48 pages Clarion Books September 1999 Hardcover    

Sector 7, a wordless book, tells a wonderful story about the friendship between a lucky young boy and a happy cloud. On a winter class field trip to the Empire State Building, the cloud and the boy meet on the observation deck and quickly become friends. The cloud demonstrates his shape-changing abilities with a sense of humor. The cloud then whisks the boy away for a ride in the sky, all the way to Sector 7: the Cloud Dispatch Center. The boy is welcomed by the other clouds and spends some time in Sector 7. Things are a little different in the sky after the boy is taken back to the Empire State Building, much to the delight of his classmates. Even the animals are in awe of what they see up in the sky. Even though they have to part ways, the cloud does find a way to visit the boy again.

Sector 7 is a Caldecott Honor Book. Author/illustrator David Wiesner visited the Empire State Building to research this book. A lot of imagination went into creating the illustrations of Sector 7 itself. The cloud-producing building in the sky looks ideal for making clouds. The design inside shows arrival and departure screens for the clouds, a check-in station, and signs for the assignment station and the waiting room. As for the clouds, no two in the book look the same. Each has its own personality that comes through on its face. The watercolor illustrations are subdued. However, it is the red on the boy’s hat, scarf and mittens that catches your eye on every page. David Wiesner has a talent for creating clouds that look very life-like; their foggy masses and breezy shapes are captured on every page.

This is a recommended book for believers in the Man in the Moon and all that might be living in the sky

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