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Cloud Games

A child and her grandpa play their cloud game, finding animals and other things in the cloud shapes.

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On a cloudy day, on a windy day,

Grandpa and I go out and play.


We lie in the grass and look up in the sky.

We watch and we dream as the clouds go by.


He sees a horse rearing up on his feet.

I see a penguin that I’d like to meet.


He sees a monkey climbing a tree.

I see a panda bear looking at me.


He sees a hippo that's spitting out water.

I see a baby who looks like an otter.


He sees a lion whose roaring so loud.

I see a peacock with feathers so proud.


He sees a king with a very big crown.

I see a princess in a pretty pink gown.


He sees a Santa on a really big sleigh.

I see a donkey that’s starting to bray.


He sees a dolphin way up in the air.

I see a mermaid in a purple shell chair.


He sees a drummer whose playing a song.

I see a snake who is really too long.


He sees a bulldozer pushing the dirt.

I see a dancer with a pretty pink skirt.


Today all the clouds are so puffy and wild.

Grandpa said that he felt just like a child.


I love my grandpa and he loves me.

Cloud games are best, as you all can see.






Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

A child and her grandpa enjoy lying in the grass and finding animals and other things in the cloud shapes. In so doing, they experience a special time together that becomes a tradition.

Share your suggested book title

Cloud Games

Please describe any familiarity you may have with Philadelphia and its residents? (optional question)

My husband was born and raised in Camden, NJ, so we recently visited the area.

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

This story can be universally enjoyed by any child, rich or poor, rural or urban, American or anywhere around the world.

Location: Country

America, but it can be enjoyed by anyone in any country since clouds are universal.

Location: State or Department

Colorado but could be set anywhere

Location: City

Colorado Springs but could be in Philadelphia or any urban area

Website URL (optional question)

Tell us more about you / your team

Susan G Mathis is a multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Katelyn’s Choice, the first in The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, releases March 15, 2019. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy and her Christmas Charity novella are available now. Susan is also a published author of two premarital books with her husband, Dale, two children's picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs, enjoys traveling globally with her wonderful husband, Dale, and relishes each time she gets to see or Skype with her four granddaughters. Find out more at

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

I'd love for the book to be a whimsical watercolor but would be open to whatever the publisher would deem best.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

Picture books: Lexie's Adventure in Kenya, Princess Madison's Rainbow Adventure Historical fiction: Katelyn's Choice, The Fabric of Hope, Christmas Charity Nonfiction: Countdown for Couples, The ReMarriage Adventure Compilations: 12 including 5 Chicken Soup for the Soul

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists


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This is lovely Susan, cloud watching is an activity that families all over the world can identify with :)

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Thanks. It's universal and makes precious memories. :)

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