Illustrated by :Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley
Form detail:Picture book
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) P - 2, Grade (US) P - 2, Reading age 4 - 7
Dimensions:9.75in x 10.5 x 0.25 in | 410 gr
Page Count:36 pages
A Nov/Dec Loan Stars Jr Top Ten Pick 2021!
A Blue Spruce Award nominee 2021!
When the world gets too loud and chaotic, a young boy’s grandfather helps him listen with wonder instead.
Kids laughing, sneakers squeaking, balls bouncing—for Thunder, the sounds of the school day often brew into overwhelming noise storms. But when Thunder’s mosom asks him what he hears on an urban nature walk, Thunder starts to understand how sounds like bird wings flapping and rushing water can help him feel calm and connected. Gentle, inviting illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley emphasize Mosom’s lessons about the healing power of the world around us.
JEFFREY ANSLOOS is a Cree educator and psychologist, and the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide. He is the author of The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing and Resisting Violence.
SHEZZA ANSLOOS is a Cree writer, educator, artist, and speaker. She is the author of two children’s books, I Loved Her and The Fire Walker. Ansloos is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and visual artist. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
JOSHUA MANGESHIG PAWIS-STECKLEY is an Anishinaabe artist/illustrator from Wasauksing First Nation. He is a self-taught artist who works in the Woodland art style of the Anishinaabe people.
“Thunder’s story may help many young readers with their own noise storms.”- Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/21
“An unusual gentle and reflective book, one that conveys the wisdom of the relationship between First Nations people and their connection to nature, providing a universal but often forgotten message.”- CM Reviews, 09/24/21
“Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley’s illustrations lovingly convey Thunder’s journey to calmness through his depiction of the natural world and the sounds that we all should be listening for daily. Recommended for home and school libraries. Also recommended for all children coping with anxiety.”- Canadian Children’s Book News, 12/21