Thunder Rose (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings

"For Black History month 2016, I decided to read children's books. Thunder Rose written by Nolen and illustrated by Nelson was my first read. Thunder Rose is simply amazing from birth...her bigger than life spirit and love for her parents speaks to the powerful force of family in the African American community. This tale was written to be classic folklore. Even though this is a book intended for children up to the third grade, I enjoyed it as an adult. I will certainly recommend this book to all of my friends with young children. We all need a little Thunder Rose." said.

"Kadir Nelson is a master. I love his art - always. And Thunder Rose is a beautiful, strong, amazing character that he brings to life.

The story, however, lost a little steam to me when it tried to tie a pretty bow and provide a moral. The tall tales of the things Thunder Rose does - how she is born speaking, bends iron, etc, are all great. But the section of text. About the final storm and her singing just felt like they were forced.

Still definitely worth the read, though. Great for tall tales, cowboy/cowgirl stories, girl power, western, African American, lots of applications.
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"I love folktales, especially when someone sets out to create a new one and gets it right on the first try.

Thunder Rose is born in just the way of folk heroes - taking on the characteristics of the storm around her. Smart and savvy from the moment she draws breath, and not one to disappoint as she grows bigger.

I loved this girl, I loved her adventures. This is the kind of heroine I like to see. Spunk and intellect is an awesome combination and just the kind of hero to make kids laugh as they read and want to find out more.
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"I don't know her work as well as I would like, but Jerdine Nolan blew me away with this story. This is the kind of folklore that kids devour. The embellishments are so masterfully worded, yet the story has an air of suspense and excitement that over-embellishment tends to squash. I really enjoyed sharing this one with kids. They were all wrapped up in the book and it's really a great example of the genre. Of course, having a master like Kadir Nelson illustrating doesn't hurt either. The book was just vibrant in every conceivable way. If you're looking for something that's different and new, give this a try, and you're sure to be pleased that you did." said.

"A very tastefull wild west story exhibiting two different cultural perspectives, a female cowgirl who also is African American. Jerdine Nolen has exhibited her best storytelling capabilities in this book that is true to her character and the setting in the book. However, keep in mind that the story is long. I would recommend this book to a older audience between Grades 3-6. There is a lot of plot and detail. This story expects that a child's attention span has developed somewhat appropriately to handle the length. The illustration are double pages, just like the character who is anything but normal but extraordinary. It shows girls that girls can be hard working and be the good hero at the end of the day.

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"Arriving in this world on a stormy night, a baby girl grabbed hold of lightning outside her window, wrapped it up into a little ball, and raised it just above her shoulders. The doctor said, “She’s going to grow up to be good and strong, all right.” Thunder Rose, as she came to be named, could bend and twist metal with her own two hands and lift a cow high above her head for a drink of milk. She practices her strength for good, instead of evil. Thunder Rose learns that inner strength is as important as physical strength when she is faced with an obstacle she must overcome. The reader is drawn to the illustrations that complement the story because they tell a story of their own. Kadir Nelson does a wonderful job giving the reader beautiful pictures to enjoy while reading the tall tale. " said.

"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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"My younger daughter, who is in kindergarten, brought home Thunder Rose (not to be confused with Bruce Springsteen's classic American ballad Thunder Road) by Jerdine Nolen (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) from her school library. It was published by Harcourt in 2003, and, according to the sticker on the front cover, was selected as a Coretta Scott King Award Honor book (for peace, brotherhood, and non-violent social change).

The story is of a bright, confident, powerful and non-traditional African-American girl growing up on a ranch. Born in a thunderstorm, she carries the spirit of lightening with her throughout her life.

In the spirit of the tall tale, Thunder Rose is bigger than life, with insatiable appetites (She nurses from a cow!), supernatural strength (She bends scrap wire into a lightening bolt.), and extraordinary athletic ability (She brings a herd of cattle to a halt by jumping on the lead steer's back and grabbing him by the horns.). She also stops bandits, and, in her piece de resistance, tames a thunderstorm at the end of the book.

Thunder Rose also has a gentle side, however, and is able to sing the heard of cattle to sleep with a lullaby and creates barbed wire to keep her younger sister entertained.

Her story is told in sophisticated language that bends and twists like the wire that Rose sculpts. The illustrations are lush and rich with color, and capture the mischief and pride of this remarkable character. The book makes an excellent read-aloud for bright children and open-minded parents.
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