Thunder Boy Jr. (Sherman Alexie)

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Summer Reading Day 50: Today’s book was Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, a sweet story about a boy named, well, you can probably guess. He is named after his father, Big Thunder, and he struggles with this because while he loves his father and his father’s name, he wants a name of his own. It’s an adorable tale of a little boy and the things little boys love to do, with a meaningful subtext about honoring tradition and culture while still being an individual. The characters are Native American, and this is reflected beautifully through depictions of Native American art and tradition in the illustrations and text. Really cool book, great length for a one year old, and JJ liked it, so it’s a thumbs up!

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