Shutta Crum (Author) Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
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A summer storm brings relief from the heat--and a surprise--to a farm family.
It's a hot day on the farm, and a little girl, her brother, and their mother are trying to cool off by the pond. Suddenly, dark clouds roll in. A thunder-boomer is on the way!
The storm brings pounding rain and hail--and an unexpected visitor: a soggy wet stray kitten. Colorful descriptions of the storm are accompanied by lots of playful sound effects, making this free-verse poem perfect for reading aloud. Charming watercolor illustrations capture all the drama, humor, and tenderness of the text.
June 01, 2009
10.1 X 10.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author
Shutta Crum, formerly a librarian, currently writes full time. Among other picture books, she is the author Thunder-Boomer (Clarion), which received four starred reviews, was nominated for a Cybil Award, and was an SLJ Best Book, a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, and an ALA Notable Book. Shutta was born in Paintsville, Kentucky, and lives with her husband in Michigan. Her website is www.shutta.com.
Carol Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Bedfordshire. An experienced teacher and researcher, she has a focus on developing teacher agency and creativity. Her current role is focussed on designing and supporting programmes for teachers in post-compulsory education and she is an active member of the Institute of Research in Education.
"A satisfying picture book that captures all the drama and power of a summer storm even as it rewards readers with a smaller-scale, homey story."--Horn Book, STARRED review "The free-verse storytelling is light, airy, and perfectly matched to the drawings. . . . The ending fully satisfies."--School Library Journal, STARRED review "Vivid imagery and Thompson's innovative mixed-media art that incorporates textual sound effects naturally reflect the weather's dramatic ebb and flow."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review "This fine-tuned, occasionally funny picture book re-creates the satisfying drama of a summer storm."--Booklist