Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen
(Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)

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On a dark night of howling rain and booming thunder, Jackson and Millicent MacGruder welcome a new baby girl into their lives. Imagine their surprise when she sits up, thanks them for bringing her into the world, and informs them that she's quite partial to the name Rose.
So begins the story of Thunder Rose, who drinks her milk straight from the cow and prefers the company of her bull, Tater, to any kitten or puppy. Rose is capturing outlaws by the time she's a teenager, but she always has time to find joy in a song. Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson have created a tall tale--and a powerful new African American heroine--to delight readers of all ages.

About Jerdine Nolen

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JERDINE NOLENis the author of many beloved picture books, includingPlantzillaandRaising Dragons, which won the Christopher Award and was aSmithsonian MagazineNotable Book for Children. She lives in Maryland.KADIR NELSONhas illustrated many popular books for children, includingJust the Two of Usby Will Smith andPlease, Baby, Pleaseby Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. He lives in California.
Published September 1, 2003 by Silver Whistle. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After turning tornadoes into much-needed rain clouds, Rose rides away, “that mighty, mighty song pressing on the bull’s-eye that was set at the center of her heart.” Throughout, she shows a reflective bent that gives her more dimension than most tall-tale heroes: a doff of the Stetson to her and ...

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Coming into the world one stormy night, Thunder Rose, heroine of this original tall tale, is the first child "born free and easy" to her African-American parents, who (an author's note implies) have transplanted themselves from slavery in the South to settle the frontiers of the Old West.

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By two years old Rose could bend iron, by five stake a fence by herself, and by the time she was twelve she could corral 2200 longhorn steer single-handedly (lulling the lead bull she later named Tater with a song).

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