Thunder Rose

Thunder Rose

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152060060
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 179,505
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: AD910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

JERDINE NOLEN is the author of many beloved picture books, including Plantzilla and Raising Dragons, which won the Christopher Award and was a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children. She lives in Maryland.

KADIR NELSON has illustrated many popular books for children, including Just the Two of Us by Will Smith and Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. He lives in California.

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"Exuberant . . . A terrific read-aloud."—Booklist"A wonderful tale of joy and love, as robust and vivid as the wide West . . . A splendid, colorful, and most welcome addition to the tall-tale genre."—School Library Journal

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Thunder Rose 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
1234RJ More than 1 year ago
A welcome story for all the sheroes out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My five year old loved this library loaned book so much she asked for her own copy for Christmas. We loved it so much that she got it. Her 2 year sister loves to listen to this book also. Hats off to Jerdine Nolen. Big Gabe is also a great tall tale. It is my plan to read Thunder Rose to my daughters Kindergarten class by command performance on her birthday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the book is a bit wordy for the typical bedtime story, it's got a great strong little girl who takes on the world, politely and from the very moment she's born. Nice twist on a new story in the tradition of classic tall tales. Best yet, it's taken the kids' fear out of thunder storms - they shout out Hello Thunder Rose!
awidmer06 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Genre: Folk TalesAge Appropriateness: IntermediateReview: This book is a good example of a folk tale. It is a tall tale set in the Old West that has been passed down orally from generation to generation. Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats as a young child. The reader identifies the good from the bad by the actions and characters portrayed in the story. Media: This book is a good example of oil, watercolor, and pencil media. The pencils allow different shading and textures to enhance the pictures. The watercolors blend together the pictures and creates an even, clean flow. Oil paints allow the illustrations to look thick and precise.Characters: Thunder Rose is a round character because she is faced with conflicts and works to overcome them. She builds metal structures, tames animals, captures robbers, and calms a tornado. Through realizing that she has this ability, she becomes more self confident and helpful.
rpultusk on LibraryThing 25 days ago
In this tall tale, a young girl is born to African American pioneers during a thunder storm in the Old West. Her parents immediately recognize something special about her spirit and her strength and they name her "Thunder Rose" accordingly. She eventually uses her wit, spirit, and strength to save the town from a devastating draught.The setting of the story is in the Old West and adds to the tradition of pioneer tall tales. The illustrations are pencil and watercolor, adding to the depth and texture of the story and the protagonist's character. The language is reminiscent of an old tall tale, with plenty of hyperboles and strange natural happenings (i.e. a girl who catches lightning).Highly recommended for elementary school libraries.
booschnoo on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is a good example of fantasy because it is not something that could take place in the real world. Stars: CharacterAge: Intermediate
Orpgirl1 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I love Kadir Nelson! The storyline for this book would probably only merit a 4 star rating, but Nelson's illustrations make me give this book a 5+++. Thunder Rose is the story of a African-American folklore female child hero who gave herself her own name after being born and lassoing thunder from the night sky. Her life is a series of humanly impossible feats that save all of those around her, all done with a sassy Texas twang and a thunderbolt of iron named Cole. The importance of family, African-American traditions, and especially spiritual songs are weaved throughout the book, with Rose being a strong female character who thrives because of her background, not in spite of it. Nelson's drawings are magnificient, flawless, wonderful, lifelike, fluid, detailed, engaging, and emotion-filled: Thunder Rose and her cast of helpful characters seem to jump from the page in true living form. I truly felt like I was living in these pictures, and if Kadir Nelson would join me, I don't think I'd ever leave! :-)
kadirgroup on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Thunder Rose is about an African-American child that was born on a stormy night. Right away she shows her strength by grabbing a lighting bolt out of the sky and forming it into a ball. This child can also lifts cows over her head when she is thirsty and later on she twists scraps of metal into barbed wire. This is a great tall tale about the West. Kadir Nelson also does a wonderful job with the oil, watercolor and pencil artwork. He captures the best images and angles and makes the book even more colorful and exciting.
jcardwell04 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Great book! Can easily be used when talking about tall-tales and story-telling. Fun and exciting depiction of a young girl!
Mythicalreader More than 1 year ago
A new twist in the world of Tall Tales. Students love the story and the illustrations. Great to use in the classroom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author takes what could be an exciting tale of a young, strong minded and strong bodied cowgirl and turns it into a rambling story filled with long winded descriptions. The use of the scrap iron and Rose¿s music throughout the story is forced and often senseless. I read this story to many children and they seemed to get lost in the wordiness of the story. Their comments in the end were that the story is confusing and boring. The pictures, however, in this story are beautiful, and the illustrator gives the reader a feel for the bright, bold landscapes of the Old West.