In a Cloud of Dust

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In a Cloud of Dust

By Alma Fullerton
Illustrated by Brian Deines
Picture Book Ages 4–8
ISBN: 978-1-927485-62-0 (HC) / 978-1-77278-000-0 (PB)
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD (HC) | $10.95 CAD / $8.95 USD (PB)
HC with dust jacket
Trim Size: 22.86 x 25.4 cm / 9 x 10 in
Pages: 32

PB Canadian Publication Date: March 16, 2016
PB U.S. Publication Date: August 1, 2016
HC Available now in schools, libraries, and fine bookstores

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

NEW In Paperback for Spring 2016!

In a Tanzanian village school, Anna struggles to keep up. Her walk home takes so long that when she arrives, it is too dark to do her homework. Working through the lunch hour instead, she doesn’t see the truck from the bicycle library pull into the schoolyard. By the time she gets out there, the bikes are all gone. Anna hides her disappointment, happy to help her friends learn to balance and steer. She doesn’t know a compassionate friend will offer her a clever solution—and the chance to raise her own cloud of dust.

Brought to life by Brian Deines’ vivid oil paintings, Alma Fullerton’s simple, expressive prose captures the joy of feeling the wind on your face for the first time. Inspired by organizations like The Village Bicycle Project that have opened bicycle libraries all across Africa, In a Cloud of Dust is an uplifting example of how a simple opportunity can make a dramatic change in a child’s life.

Awards and honours:
2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist
2016 Rainforest of Reading Award winner
2016 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
2015 Foreword Reviews Best Children’s Books of Fall 2015 selection
2015 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

“Soaked in warm golds and oranges, Deines’s oil paintings glow with a sense of promise as the children race around the schoolyard on their bikes. Fullerton says quite a bit with few words in her verselike prose, and a detailed author’s note discusses the vital role bicycles play in communities across Africa and supplies information about bicycle donation organizations.”—Publishers Weekly

“Oil paintings in rich shades of orange show the children surrounded by clouds of dust…and the simple text reads aloud smoothly, making the book a good introduction for a discussion of different yet similar lives. An author’s note, appropriate for adults sharing this story with children, explains the need for bicycles in southern African countries and provides the names of organizations that work to fill that need. A nice addition to primary-grade “values” collections.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Notable for its message of putting others before oneself, the story is buoyed by illustrations that shimmer with movement, light, and feeling. Shades of ochre, amber, and pale gold radiate from each two-page spread, conveying through oil paint the warmth and grittiness of this village and its children. An author’s note explains the role of and constant need for bicycles in Africa”—Booklist

“In a Cloud of Dust highlights the daily challenges faced by many in rural villages throughout Tanzania. An author’s note at the end highlights more information about bicycle libraries and their impact in places like Africa. Deines’s illustrations, done with oil paint on canvas, convey the look and feel of a dust-coated village.”—School Library Journal

“Fullerton’s inviting text is spare and poetic…. Deines’ radiant oil paintings glow…”—Quill & Quire

“This glowing book is a wonderful introduction for young readers to life in a culture where many things are different, but some things are exactly the same.”—The National Reading Campaign

“[Deines’] rich oil paintings, with their solid figures and warm palette, are very much up to the task of giving readers the sense of life in Africa. The joy of the children who have received a life-changing gift leaps off the pages….Fullerton…has provided a spare text that touches neatly on all the key points of the story.”—CM Magazine

“Highly recommended for classroom investigation and discussion and learning about good citizenship.”—Resource Links

“Fullerton notes that in Tanzania and other parts of Africa, there are still millions of people who cannot afford transportation….Some NGOs donate bicycles and open bicycle libraries where children can sign out a bicycle. In a Cloud of Dust lists organizations in North America that donate bicycles to Africa….Learning more about these organizations and doing fundraising in your classroom could be great book extensions for intermediate students. In a Cloud of Dust demonstrates kindness and the idea of paying it forward. The message in the book is terrific and can be embedded throughout the curriculum, specifically focusing on equality, citizenship and social justice. This book would be appropriate for junior and intermediate levels.”—ETFO Voice Magazine

In a Cloud of Dust…teaches a powerful lesson about sharing, and can be used by parents and teachers to show children there are others in the world who are less fortunate.”—The Montreal Gazette

The dusty Tanzanian countryside and the children’s joyous faces, rendered realistically in Deines’s artwork, shows how simple acts can transform a child’s life.”—Foreword Magazine

“Alma Fullerton’s text is modest in its quantity but weighty in its simple message of compassion and support…Brian Deines’ illustrations are incomparable, effectively portraying the dusty and lengthy distances over Anna must travel to school…highly evocative of the landscape and mood of the remote areas of Anna’s Tanzanian home…”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“This look at an experience foreign to most readers in the United States hits on some easy-to-spot universals of children around the world, including the experience of learning, of disappointment, and of playing with friends.”—Matthew Winner, “10 Books for Universal Human Rights Month”

“Highly recommended for preschool, elementary and public libraries to increase awareness of life in different cultures and parts of the world.”—Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center

“Glowing oil painting in golds and oranges spotlight the simple, uplifting story about sharing.”—Omnilibros