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A grandmother finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.

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A grandmother finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.

Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Thunder Cake , a grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunder by baking a special cake while a storm threatens. Although the book's concept is good, it does not fulfill its promise. The story is poorly paced: the storm approaches rapidly, but does not break for several pages as Polacco crams in details, including a lengthy pause while the cake bakes. The illustrations are less than appealing: both characters' faces are chalky white, draining them of life. Many of the barnyard animals are drawn out of proportion--Grandmother is almost the same size as a cow she milks, geese are as tall as people. Considering how many children are afraid of thunder, it is a shame Thunder Cake is not a stronger effort. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Thunderstorms can be frightening and so unnerving. Polacco's book provides a delicious solution to the problem -spend the time baking a special thunder cake. Time flies when you are having fun with grandmother and can ignore the flashes and crashes that fill the sky. A recipe is included. The illustrations are filled with the bright colors and patterns of Russian folk art.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Patricia Polacco reaches back into her own childhood to tell this remarkable story about how her Babushka helped her overcome her fear of thunder. In this tale, a grandmother and her granddaughter rush around the farm to find all the ingredients for a "Thunder Cake." By the time they gather and mix the ingredients, bake the cake, frost it, and add strawberries, the storm moves away. Bright folk art illustrations help Polacco present a convincing tale that turns a frightening experience into an adventure and celebration. The author also includes the Thunder Cake recipe for interested readers.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Most kids love puns so they will undoubtedly be enthusiastic about this book which opens with Max the taxi driver looking out the window and seeing spring showers. The accompanying illustration features corkscrew springs raining down upon the neighborhood. Another particularly appealing illustration is the picture of the airport that is all socked in. Max and his canary yellow taxi appear in every one of the author's boldly colored illustrations. Max encounters strange sights all over the city, including a traffic jam and a big toe truck. This is a great book to read to, or with, a couple of youngsters. Children able to read on their own, however, will enjoy trying out these word plays on their families and friends. They'll surely get a case of the silly giggles as they look at the pictures of the baseball diamond and the strawberry float. They will just have to be careful and watch out for the fork in the road.
Kirkus Reviews
Grover (Circles and Squares Everywhere!, 1996, etc.) mines wordplay with plenty of energy and color, but the sequence of events, concepts, and images are forced and clanky. Max the taxi driver takes his fares to various locales: an airport all socked in with socks; a fork in the road where Max must drive around the silverware; a tooth ferry for a little girl heading for an island dentist. The attempts at zaniness range from strained"I need a break. I'd better stop for lunch and musical chairs"to clever, as when a family asks Max's advice on something fun to do. "Why not go bowling?" suggests Max, taking them to a bowl store for an afternoon of browsing. Grover's intense palette and artwork have instant appeal, but the vibrant colors are doing all the work and can't compensate for the stodgy text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780775084
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    great for those rain days

    great for the days when the thunder scares the little ones help pass the time and not be so afraid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2010

    The Best Book

    If you are afraid of thunder this is a book that you can relate to. The book, Thundercake, by Patricia Polacco is awesome because it teaches a very valuable lesson. The little girl in this story is afraid of thunder. When she visits her Babushka, thunder comes into town! When the little girl goes under the bed, her Babushka asks," Why do you go under the bed?" The little girl said that she is afraid of the thunder. When her Babushka hears that she says, "Let's go make thundercakes." The little girl counts how many miles the thunder is away from them. They have to bake the cakes before the lightening reaches them. If you want to find out if they make it or not, then you have to read the whole book. I think this book was awesome so I give Thundercake an excellent 5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Afraid of Thunder?

    Patricia Polacco writes a dear story of a grandmother, her Babushka, and her granddaughter, Patricia herself, that will help, if not banish your thunder fears. It is a true story, told in a way you can interact during the story and after it is over, bake your own Thunder Cake using the recipe at the end. Polacco is a teller of unforgettable tales, most if not all, are based on true experiences. After reading all her books, some many times, to hundreds of children, I promise you too will find her books enchanting. Polacco does her own art work, which is delightful. I met her once and told her that I loved Chicken Sunday the best. She smiled at me and replied, " How kind of you." I would like to suggest you discover Polacco's talents that will bring you and your listeners joy beyond measure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Help with fear of thunder

    Great way to help children overcome fear of thunder. Fantastic illustrations. Interactive as recipe for Thundercake is included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2008

    I have loved this bookever since I was a child, and still have never forgot it. I think that all of Patricia's books should be shared with children all over the world.

    Patricia Pollaco gives warmth and wisdom in every book that she writes, and makes them unforgetable through the ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    Wonderful Story

    This is a sweet story of the relationship of a little girl and her grandmother. The little girl is scared of thunderstorms and other things on her grandma's farm. Grandma shows her how to be brave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    A really good book

    The book Thunder Cake is a good book. It helps kids get rid of their fear of thunder storms. In the book there is a thunder storm and they bake a cake to make them forget about the storm. That¿s why it makes kids get rid of there of their fear of thunder storms. It¿s a good book for children .For parents that like baking there is a recipe on the back. I give this book a five star rating. This is a really good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    A spectacular book!

    Thunder cake is an amazing book. It's about a girl at her grandma's and whenever she hears thunder she hides under her bed. Her grandma shows the girl how brave she really is. Her grandma teaches her to make a thunder cake. To make a thunder cake you have to make it right when the storm is happening. When she overcomes her fear they all eat Thunder cake. It was a great book. I liked how the text filled the room with warmth and love,I also liked how it had a recipe of the thunder cake at the back of the book! This is a great book for a stormy day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    A Must Read

    I love this book. This book, Thunder Cake has been my all time favorite since the third grade, now I'm in the 10th, and still love it. If I am correct, this was the first book I ever checked out of my school library. I have read this book 20 times. It's a great story to read to young children. It's about a girl, Patricia Polacco, who visits her grandmother and helps out on the farm. The title comes from the name of the cake Patricia and her grandmother makes. At the end of the story there is the ingredients to the cake. This is fun because you and your child could actually pretend that you are like Patricia and her grandmother and make you own thunder cake. So help make this one of your childs favorite book and buy it and read it, and you would have fun with it to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    When would the storm arrive?

    With the help of her grandmother the little girl discovered her courage and overcame her fear of thunderstorms. While the text conveys tension and reminds the reader about the storm, the pictures provide warmth and comfort. The reader is absorbed into the picture forgetting about the storm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    Thuender Cake Review

    Thunder Cake is an extravegant book.I liked how a girl overcame her fear of thunder by bakeing a cake.The girl's grandma makes her do brave chores. By completeing those tasks she overcomes things without knowing it. I espcially love that they have the recipe for thunder cake in the back of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Favorite Author

    She is my favorite author! All her books just make you love her and her family. After you read one of her books you will want to read more so you can meet her other family members. Oh, the characters she has! Warmth and love fill the text!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    Thundercake Takes you back to your childhood

    Thunder Cake is such a wonderful book it teaches children not to fear thunderstorms and also gives them something to look forward to. My children thought of there grandmother when we read this book. And it made them feel really good as there grandmother has sinced past away.

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