Katie's Happy Corner presents The Important Little Cloud. It is intended to help young children understand the water cycle. Conversation among the "little drops" clarifies terms such as "evaporate" and "invisible" as they float higher until they "condense" and become a cloud. Little Cloud soon connects with other clouds that are going to "precipitate" - they explain to Little Cloud that the word means they're going to "rain." Little Cloud is afraid that if he rains, he'll disappear forever, but a Big Cloud explains the need for rain on the land, and Little Cloud finally decides he wants to rain too. A big storm with lightning and thunder blows up, and Little Cloud lets his drops fall, watching where they go. When the storm is over, Big Cloud explains how other drops will eventually join Little Cloud, and that he will really always go on forever, and thus Little Cloud realizes his own importance. Colorful illustrations accompany the story.
Suggestions are included for helping children dramatize the water cycle, also for helping them draw their own chart, showing the Water Cycle in four large squares. Probably they'll want to use cotton to make their own clouds. Also included are songs "Rain, Rain, Go Away" and "Rain" by Robert Louis Stevenson with parts for tone bells or piano, and the poem "Clouds" by Christina Rossetti which can serve as a motivation for art and even stimulate a science lesson on cloud formation.