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Thunder Rose (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-29 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings
ISBN:0152164723
LANGUAGE:English

" While we aren't normally fans of westerns, this tall tale was charming and fun. " said.

" Parts of this story were odd to me...like her talking as a newborn baby, but it was cute and I enjoyed reading it to my toddler. " 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.

" I chose this book because I love Kadir Nelson, and his illustrations did not disappoint, but the text was hard to follow. I appreciated the folk tale style, but I didn't connect to the story of Thunder Rose as much as I would have liked given her strength & bravado. " 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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