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Thunder Rose (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings
ISBN:0152164723
LANGUAGE:English

"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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" 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.

"On a dark night of howling rain and booming thunder, Jackson and Millicent MacGruder welcome a new baby girl into their lives. Imagine their surprise when she sits up, thanks them for bringing her into the world, and informs them that she like the name Rose! Thunder Rose’s parent’s love her unconditionally, this is shown through their acceptance of her special talents. As the story progresses, it becomes obvious that this is a tall tale. This story is an example of how a nurtured child can grow and prosper. Thunder Rose showed how critical thinking and brainstorming can allow you to find a solution to a problem. Kadir Nelson illustrations are realistic, yet they emphasize the special abilities of Thunder Rose. The pictures show Thunder Rose’s strength and the admiration of her parents. The perspective of the drawings allows the reader to feel her strength. The blue sky and fluffy clouds give the pictures a feeling of the Old West. The pictures with the twisted iron gently placed on her shoulder, will raise curiosity in students. Students will wonder how she carried the heavy iron so easily. I think this book is a perfect introduction to folktales because it uses hyperboles throughout the whole story to help you understand how powerful Rose was. There’s a lot of imagery and similes in this story so it will be a fun read for any child. This extreme exaggerations allow students to stay interested in the story. Truly an good tall tale that I would recommend. Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson have created a tall tale and a powerful new African American heroine that readers of all ages will enjoy." said.

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