For no particular reason, this Themed Things Thursday list is about clouds.¹
A Cloud List
- Little Cloud. A picture book by Eric Carle about a cloud who likes to change shapes.
- Sector 7, by David Wiesner. A Caldecott Honor-winning picture book with no words about a boy’s remarkable encounter with some clouds.
- Winnie-the-Pooh. In the first chapter of A. A. Milne’s classic book, Winnie-the-Pooh attempts to pass himself off as a small dark cloud in order to sneak some honey away from a beehive in a tree. Eeyore, for that matter, is often depicted as having a cloud hanging over his head. (In this case, though, it is not Pooh.)
- head in the clouds. An expression meaning “having a poor grasp of reality” or “not paying attention.”
- on cloud nine: an expression meaning “extremely happy.” (So what if you are on cloud one? Are you only marginally happy?)
- every cloud has a silver lining: a saying suggesting that there is always something good to accompany the bad. (And an irritating thing to hear if you are a pessimist.)
- head under a cloud: means “in a bad mood,” typically either gloomy (eg. Eeyore, above) or cranky (eg. me, sleep deprived).
- (storm) clouds on the horizon: an expression meaning that trouble of some sort is foreseen.
- The Simpsons opening sequence: The parting cumulus clouds from the opening to this cartoon are quite memorable.
- “Little Fluffy Clouds,” a song by the Orb. (video on YouTube)
- “Cloudy,” a song by Simon & Garfunkel. (listen on YouTube )
- “Cloudbusting,” a song Kate Bush. The video is a short narrative film featuring a machine that manipulates clouds. (YouTube)
- Cloud Jumper: a free flash game you can play online that primarily involves jumping from cloud to cloud.
- Cloudscapes stamps: a 2004 series of stamps from the US postal service. You can learn more more about the cloud types depicted in the stamps from this National Weather Service page.
- If you find yourself hankering for more clouds and cloud trivia, you could consider joining the The Cloud Appreciation Society. Those people love their clouds.
¹Sometimes, I just need to write about a light and fluffy topic. What could be lighter and fluffier than clouds?²
² Actually, I’m really quite partial to clouds. I recently had a little conversation with YTSL on this topic when she posted about her own affinity for clouds, along with a cool photo of a dragon-shaped cloud. And I found myself thinking: “I should do a cloud list.” So I done went and did it.