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The Story Of Lightning & Thunder

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A long time ago -- a very long time ago -- thunder and lightning didn't live in the sky. Uh-uh! They lived right in a village on the west coast of Alkebulan -- called Africa today. Thunder was a mother sheep and Lightning was her son. But Thunder and Lightning no longer live on the west coast of Africa -- or in any village, for that matter. Where they live now and how that ...more
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Published January 1st 1999 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published October 31st 1993)
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Hannah Harris
Title: The Story of Lightning & Thunder
Author: Ashley Bryan
Genre: Non-European folktale
Theme(s): Weather, spirits, mother-son relationship
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Recalled in color prose, Ashley Bryan uses two animal characters to tell the journey of how the elements of thunder and lightning came to be. After several counts of mischief by the son "Lightning Ram", "Thunder Mother" and her child get banished to the sky. Since, we can often hear their banter and conversations du
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Leah Gerber
Dec 01, 2013 Leah Gerber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At the beginning of the book Lighting and Thunder are not in the sky, but are characters in this folktale. The story shows how when we do not follow rules there are extreme consequences that affect ourselves and other people too. The book does a good job rhyming and is almost song like. The illustrations are very colorful and draw the reader in. I think children would really enjoy the characters in this book because they can relate to them. Also I always love a book that teaches a lesson and ...more
Shannon Janik
Sep 01, 2012 Shannon Janik rated it really liked it
The final folktale I read called "The Story of Lightning & Thunder" was very interesting. This I imagine would be a good book to read to a disruptive child that sometimes has trouble following directions. This book does a great job of making an example of what happens when we do not obey the rules. The story shows how when we do not follow rules there are extreme consequences that not only affect ourselves but the people around us. The book does a fantastic job with making the entire story ...more
Michael
Dec 14, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
This story about lightning and thunder is based on a folk story from Southern Nigeria. The writing here is somewhat sophisticated, so early readers will follow along, but older readers will get even more of the nuances. The illustrations are vivid and bold, and really highlight the characters and important scenes in the story. I really like this tale, and my daughter liked it because she is so fascinated by lightning and thunder. However, if your child is afraid of being sent away because they ...more
June Pecchia
Mar 27, 2012 June Pecchia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: families wanting a funny story with a lesson
Great pourquoi tale with an African proverb at its center: "A frisky child knocks his face against the rock."
And surrounding the musical words, you'll love Ashley Bryan's signature masterful block-print illustrations.
Danielle Simmons
This book was really good! It was kind of long so it would be for the children in the primarty grades of elementary school. Good book about a mother sheep and her son and their journey.
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