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It Looked Like Spilt Milk
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Code: LI-27
Price: $7.99

Text and illustrations by Charles G. Shaw

32 pages; Dimensions 10.1 x 7.8 in.
Publisher: HarperTrophy; Reprint edition (June 1988)
ISBN: 0064431592

Sometimes it looked like Spilt Milk.
But it wasn't Spilt Milk.
Sometimes it looked like a Bird or an Ice Cream Cone or a Birthday Cake or an Angel.
But it wasn't a Bird or an Ice Cream Cone or a Birthday Cake or an Angel.
It was just a Cloud in the Sky.

It Looked LIke Spilt Milk is written with easy-to-read, repetitious phrasing that makes it an excellent choice for emergent writers, and the simple artistic style will encourage crativity in young readers! 


Discuss imagination, and have your students describe things they have seen in clouds. Then, have each student doodle a simple Draw Start (a random shape with no intended meaning) and trade with a classmate. The students think of something that they can make the shape into and finish the drawing.

*REPRINTED FROM: Kingore, B. (2012). Bertie's Book Notes. Austin: PA Publishing.



Charles Shaw graduated from Yale in 1914. In 1927, he began to take a serious interest in art and enrolled in Thomas Hart Benton's class at the Art Students League in New York. Prior to this, Shaw enjoyed a successful career as a free-lance writer for The New Yorker, Smart Set, and Vanity Fair, chronicling the life of the affluent theater and café society of the 1920s.