Thunder Rose (Jerdine Nolen)


Hello, friends! Today’s book is Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a phenomenal folktale about a little girl with the power of thunder and lightning.

Thunder Rose was born on a night so stormy that the thunder and lightning invited themselves in to witness the birth. Summoning the power of the storm to wear as her crown, Rose could speak from birth, and promptly thanked her parents for the gift of life, hinting that she was partial to the name Rose. Thunder Rose grows up good and strong, but is not content to do simply that: she also shows courage, dedication, and cleverness. Then, at the tender age of nine, while leading her first cattle drive (having just captured a band of cattle rustlers and leaving them trussed up for the police), Rose is faced with her greatest challenge yet: a storm so big that it rivals the one in her heart. Does Rose have what it takes to face down the tempest?

WOW. WOW WOW WOW. I cannot tell you how much we loved this book. The American folk tale style of storytelling, complete with Western vernacular, the incredible WOC protagonist who embodies not only bravery and strength but kindness and wit as well, the abundance of feminist themes and metaphors that shows that a fierce storm of power rages in every little girl. Even the resolution is amazing, showing that Rose uses the song in her heart to embrace Mother Nature’s might, rather than defeat it. Nelson’s art is as rich, exciting and gorgeous as always, and enhances every page. It’s a bit long for very little baby bookworms, but JJ was rapt, as was I. This is an incredible book, we both loved it, and we cannot recommend it enough. Baby Bookworm approved!

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