1990 Philomel Books
32 pgs.. - 4830 ratings
Goodreads rating: 4.35
My rating: 5
Endpapers: Dark Red
1st line/s: "On sultry summer days at my grandma's farm in Michigan, the air gets damp and heavy."
My comments: I see absolutely no reason not to give this book a "5" rating. It's wonderful. Sometimes Polacco's books are really heavily texted, this one is not quite so. And there are, of course, her wonderful illustrations. A special grandmother-granddaughter relationship (I love that!), and a cool way to help the child be not so afraid of thunder as well as helping her realize that not everything is quite as scary as it seems. Lots of great things in one beautiful picture book - plus a recipe that looks like a lot of fun to make, which adds some tomato the the chocolate flavoring....magic....
Goodreads: Grandma consoles her frightened granddaughter by telling her that the dark clouds of the impending storm are nothing more than the ingredients for a Thunder Cake