The Cloud Lasso (Hardcover)
Big gloomy clouds have hung over Delilah’s head and heart since her beloved grandfather died.
But remembering an old trick he taught her on the farm, she lassos all the clouds—shaped like everything she dislikes from radishes to the boy who makes fun of her for wearing overalls—out of the sky as she navigates her feelings of sadness and isolation. The Cloud Lasso is a poetic meditation on loss, memory, and paying homage to those we’ve lost and also features two cool farm dogs.
About the Author
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer is a poet and installation artist in St. Louis. She is the author of Cleavemark (BOAAT Press, 2016), and has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation "The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs" at the Des Lee Gallery. The Cloud Lasso is her first children's book. She lives in St. Louis.
Melodie Staceyis an artist and illustrator. She has exhibited her work in the UK and US and has worked with magazines such as Flow and Pompom Quarterly as an illustrator. The Cloud Lasso is her first picture book. She lives in Brighton, East Sussex, UK.
"This picture book explores loss and memory with a cloud metaphor and countryside backdrop...While the story is about moving away from grief, it softly emphasizes the importance of keeping memories. Quiet, rural, magical grief." —Kirkus Reviews
"While reading this book, children suffering from grief and loss will learn about an important tool to manage their intense emotions now and throughout their lives." —Mary Lanni,School Library Journal