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 thatA 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 came to be is what this story is all about, told in Ashley Bryan's rhythmic prose and vibrant, colorful illustrations....
|Title||:||The Story Of Lightning & Thunder|
|Number of Pages||:||388 Pages|
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The Story Of Lightning & Thunder Reviews
Title: The Story of Lightning & ThunderAuthor: Ashley BryanGenre: Non-European folktaleTheme(s): Weather, spirits, mother-son relationshipOpening line/sentence:Brief Book Summary: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 during weather storms. Professional Recommendation/Review #1:Toniaka Thomas (Black Issue Book Review)The Story of Lightning and Thunder is one that any child between the ages of 4 to 8 will enjoy. Ashley Bryan creates loveable characters in this heartwarming story. Lightning manifests itself as a very rambunctious young ram and Thunder, his mother, is characterized as a mother sheep who struggles happily to keep her son in line. Children will enjoy this book because of its fluid writing style, colorful illu-strations, and satisfying conclusion. Professional Recommendation/Review #2:Beverly Korbin (Children's Literature)Artist/author Ashley Bryan illustrates and tells this story as Southern Nigerian youngsters have heard it told for generations. Since it comes from an oral tradition, the story works particularly well as a read-aloud and Bryan's pictures filled with energy will also intrigue listeners.Response to Two Professional Reviews:As stated in the Black Issue Book Review, Ashley Bryan's choice of characters prove to be relatable, lovable, and amusing for any reader. Although the concept of weather elements and sounds may be abstract to young readers, Bryan's retelling of the Nigerian tale makes it widely accessible as she artfully draws on an entertaining mother-son relationship. Additionally, the bright and vibrant colors coexist well with the story, as both words and pictures illustrate the excitement and high energy of the tale.Evaluation of Literary Elements:Although the book has real and exciting content, the characters and images make young readers very comfortable. Additionally, the soft lines and blending techniques provide for an additional overlap between the illustrations and the text, as the story is quite mystical and whimsical, perfectly paired with the soft images. Additionally, the small physical size of the book makes it appropriate for little hands.Consideration of Instructional Application:This tale may be used to incorporate literary content for lessons regarding either myths and folktales, or weather concepts. In both cases, children could draw their own versions of how they believe the mother and son interact in the stormy sky. Additionally, they could brainstorm, write, and discuss instances that would create an environment of rain, thunder and lightning -- in terms of mischief caused by the son and the mother's reaction.
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 this one teaches children to follow the rules or else face the consequences. This is an easy read for elementary students. It is a good book to use in the classroom because of its story that displays an action-consequence lesson. It would probably need more discussion and real life examples for the students to fully grasp how it relates to them but overall I would use it in the classroom or as a bedtime story.Bryan, A. (1999). The story of lightning and thunder. New York, N.Y.: Aladdin Paperbacks.
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 seem like a song when read aloud. The story does a great job with rhyming. The pictures are also beautifully done, they seem like watercolors and are extremely eye catching and bright.
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 are too much trouble, this is not the story for them!
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.
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.