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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that young children may need some help distinguishing real from pretend in this story, but the spirit of the tale will be easy for them to grasp.
Is It Any Good?
Life is good for the MacGruder family, and the atmosphere in the story is cheerful. The author says in a note that she wanted to tell the little known history of African-American people who moved West after the Civil War and settled on the prairies. She goes on to say, "I wanted to construct a tale out of love and joy, one told from the perspective of that 'fortunate feeling' that dwells deep within each of us." She succeeds wholeheartedly.
Kadir Nelson's gorgeous oil, watercolor, and pencil illustrations are filled with brilliant blue skies, billowing clouds, and open spaces all seen from the eye level of a child. Move over Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and Swamp Angel, here comes Thunder Rose, a singing heroine, both brave and joyful. Her story will leave you smiling.
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