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Thunder Rose (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 18 user ratings
ISBN:0152060065
LANGUAGE:English

"Type of book- picture
literary genre- fantasy, folktale
Awards- Coretta Scott King Award
Summary- Thunder Rose was born during a storm. Seconds later she sat up and created a lightning ball. As she grew up, she did amazing things like wrestle cattle and ride a bull. When she goes on a cattle roundup and thieves try to steal her cattle she rounds them up and gives them to the authorities. Then a tornado comes and threatens her and her family and Thunder Rose grabs it up and sends it away.
Critique- I really loved the illustrations of this book, they were all pretty funny to my students and helped give them a picture of how unbelievable her story was.
Prompts- Is that realistic? Can a girl actually do these things? What happens in a tornado? Can someone stop weather like that?
Craft elements for a lesson plan- This book would be useful in teaching tall tales and how sometimes things are exaggerated.
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" Thunder Rose vows to grow up to be more than just big and strong, thank you very kindly--and boy, does she ever! But when a whirling storm on a riotous rampage threatens, has Rose finally met her match? " said.

"3.5 stars. Art is fantastic, the tall tale western style story could have used one more round of cuts to make it truly epic. As it was my kids enjoyed it, and it was great to find more books with African American main characters which aren't about basketball, buses, or marches (not that those aren't good too, but AA need to be represented in all sorts of stories). The story starts off strong but gets a little wordy about 2/3 of the way through and I had to start skipping parts to keep my kids interested. Great premise and art though." said.

" What's not to love in this tall tale? I was particularly lassoed in giggles by the idea of where barbed wire originated. " said.

" Forget you, Calamity Jane - all hail Thunder Rose! " said.

" #Talltale #western #AfricanAmerican Thunder Rose born during a thunderstorm spun a ball of lightening at birth... and she too learn #heart of the matter is #important. #YoungReaders #PictureBook #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #amreading " said.

"Headstrong heroine Thunder Rose came into this world wielding lightening and grit. This determined African American girl is born "free and easy" to her frontier parents, and is ready to be of use on the ranch from day one. Rose uses her unique and magnificent abilities to keep her loved ones out of sticky situations again and again. Displaying incredible strength, she is determined to be much more than that. But when a storm threatens her town, she will need more than sheer strength to lasso the situation. Jerdine Nelson's fun writing style shines in this tall tale with playful diction that hints at Rose's Old West heritage. Laced with the theme of female empowerment, Thunder Rose is a fast-paced story with vibrant illustrations that nod to the wide open skies of the frontier. It is most likely appropriate for ages 5-9, but can be enjoyed by all." said.

" What a strange story! If you like the idea of a baby being born with super powers, then this book is for you. Maybe it was just too rootin' tootin' western for me. Maybe it was overly verbose and thus not what I was expecting (using words such as queried, contemplations, and cataclysmic just doesn't sound young child friendly). I guess the reason doesn't totally matter, it just wasn't my cup of tea. For a story that's so unbelievable, the illustrations were quite realistic and just gorgeous! " said.

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