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Miss Cloudy Pants

A whimsical way to learn about the weather and our atmosphere!

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My name is Summer Winters, but Miss Cloudy Pants suits me just fine.

I want to know why clouds are different sizes, colors and shapes in the sky!

I asked my Mama Winters if she could help me understand why.

 


My sweet Miss Cloudy Pants, I could tell you in a snap.

But that’s the easy way out, where’s the fun in that?

To learn for yourself, all the questions in your mind, 

Just open a book. The answers are simple to find.

Here’s a BIG BOOK OF WEATHER, you can read before you sleep.

 Good night, Miss Cloudy Pants. Enjoy your new treat!

 


When I look at the sky, I see clouds are never the same. 

If my name is Summer, do they have their own name?

Why do clouds act so funny, changing shapes every day? 

There are big ones, small ones- some white and gray!

There’s so much I don’t know. I would love to learn more!

My eyes are too heavy.  I will wait until tomorrow.

 


Summer, Summer, wake up!  I have been watching you from above.

Let’s go on an adventure- one you are sure to love.

I have a crew of clouds ready to meet you and play. 

First let me start with myself, an introduction -if you may.

My special cloud name is C-I-R-R-U-S- ----Cirrus!

I love to laugh. Ha Ha!  I am never too serious!! 

 


Cirrus is your special cloud name? What a funny word!

I don’t think I have ever heard such a strange name before.

 

I am small, light as a feather and float high in the sky.

When I hang around, the weather is just fine. 

 


Shhhhh….What’s all that noise? You guys are having way toomuch fun! 

I like things quiet!  Are you two almost done?

 


Oh that’s just our cloud friend, S-T-R-A-T-U-S. He isalways a bore.  

Skies filled with STRATUS always make me want tosleep and snore.


I am thin and wide like a cozy blanket in the sky.

I like to play it safe. I do not like to travel too high.

 


Look Summer, do you see the huge cloud over there? 

It’s our biggest friend, C-U-M-U-L-U-S and she is coming over here!



Hello Summer, it’s nice to meet you.

I am the strongest cloud in our cloud crew! 

 When you see me from the ground, I look like a big, beautiful, puffy cotton ball.

I eat a lot of delicious water drops to grow big and tall. 

 


CUMULUS, why do I see white clouds turn gray?

When you change colors, is it because you are having a sad day? 

 


Gray clouds means we ate too many water drops.

When clouds get too full, rain comes down when we pop! 

 

 


Cumulus, Stratus and Cirrus- I love learning about your cloud crew!

Next time I look up at the sky, I will say hi to each one of you.

 


Summer, we hate to say goodbye!

But this dream has run out of time!

Remember, we are watching from up high.

Come back- we have more friends to show you in the sky. 

(Sun, Rainbow, Hurricane & Tornado)

 


“Miss Cloudy Pants…are you awake yet?

It’s time to eat your breakfast! 

 


Mama Winters, I love my Big Book of Weather! 

All the answers are right here!

I learned why clouds are different sizes, colors and shapes in the sky.

I found all the answers to my questions and now I know why!

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Cloud Crew Quiz:

  1.  
  2. Which     cloud is small and floats high in the sky? (Cirrus)
  3.  
  4. Which     cloud is big, puffy and looks like a cotton ball? (Cumulus)
  5.  
  6. Which     cloud looks like a big blanket in the sky?  (Stratus)

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

The vision is to make weather education whimsical and fun! While also providing a positive image of an African American family working, studying, playing, encouraging and eating together.

Share your suggested book title

Miss Cloudy Pants

PLEASE USE THE VERSION OF THIS QUESTION AT THE TOP OF THE SUBMISSION FORM: Share a draft of your manuscript (250 word limit, not including title).

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

I have lived in Philadelphia on and off for six years. I am on-air talent at NBC Philadelphia. My passion is children's weather education. I have so many ides on community educational and diverse outreach.

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

I specifically designed the characters with urban markets in mind. The look of the characters and the way they interact is purposely a reflection of the urban community.

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

PA

Location: City

Philadelphia

Website URL (optional question)

www.thepoweroflovebooks.com

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

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

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

The Meteorologist in Me (self-published)

Do you have an agent?

  • No

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • Vanesse Lloyd

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Team

I like the approach, hopefully you can find a more simple version which is able to convey the seriousness of the weather even if the use of heavy terminology is diluted. Good luck with that as it is possible

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Team

And maybe include the instruments of weather, too.

Photo of Ashanti Antonio Prescott
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okay

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