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Olga the Cloud
by Nicoletta Costa
Nicoletta Costa, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 7 3/4 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430512 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age:

Themes: Acceptance & Belonging, Preschool, Weather
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL. 1.1, 1a-b, 2, 4-6
W. 1.2-3, 5, 7-8
RL. 1.1-7
L. 1.4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5c, 6
RF. 1.1, 1a, 3-4, 4a-c

About the Book
Bright, cheerful art and an irresistible heroine make Olga the Cloud the perfect preschool read-aloud.

In this classic of Italian children's literature, a charming cloud named Olga wants to make a little rain. Unfortunately, she can't find anywhere to rest! The cat doesn't want Olga to rain on him; the hen doesn't want Olga to get her chicks wet; Mrs. Emilia doesn't want Olga's drops on her laundry. Even the sunflowers don't want Olga to rain on them because there isn't enough water to go around. Olga is desperate! Finally, with some help from Gino the bird, Olga finds her place in the world.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the main character? Explain. Describe the main character using words and phrases from the book. RL.1-2.1, 3, 4
2. Create a story map. Tell what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the book. RL.1-2.2 / W.1-2.3
3. What are the reasons the characters give Olga for not wanting her around? (moon, cat, Giacomina the Hen, Mrs. Emilia, sunflower) RL.1-2.1, 3
4. Explain the difference between a book about a cloud that is a fictional story and a cloud book that gives information. Participate in shared research and writing projects. Go to the school/classroom library and find nonfiction books on clouds. RL.1.5 / W.1-2.7, 8