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.
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I used to read this to my classroom of second graders when there were thunderstorms. They all loved it and paid extra special attention. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Sandra Whipple
A favorite of my kids and now my granddaughter is afraid of storms and this has helped. The kids love making the cake at the end.Published 9 days ago by K1M3
Reinforces the importance of investing time in developing creative methods of addressing scary issues little children are faced with.... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Dorothy H. Turner
This was one of my favorite books that my Grandma would read to me as a child. Now I enjoy reading it to my children! They love it as well!Published 1 month ago by emgibson7
Bought this book for my daughter. Great book. One of her favorites.Published 1 month ago by Irene Ruzhansky
My granddaughter loves this beautifully written and illustrated book. The story of a little girl overcoming her fears with the down to earth help of her grandma is priceless and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy
Great book! Lost my old copy. I hsd to reorder. I have read this book to hundreds of children through the years.I think of it every time it thunders and cake ;)Published 2 months ago by Michele Deese
Bought for grand children it is a great book and has the recipe. My children had read it in school many years ago. Now my grand children have their own copy.Published 2 months ago by Rise H