Apr 02

Review: Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina GermeinThunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein
Published by Allen & Unwin on 1 April 2015
Genres: fiction, picture book
Source: ARC received from publisher

A rollicking rhyming story about a family who dance up a wild storm while the wind and rain swirl outside. Rhythm, rhyme and family mayhem... Perfect for reading aloud, this playful, energetic story will have young children leaping into action.

When a sunny day at the beach turns stormy, a little girl runs for cover. Her daddy and brothers are wild in the wind and lightning, and her poppy is as loud as thunder. They fill the house with stamping and crashing while Granny plays piano to their riotous thunderstorm dancing... until the storm passes and they all fall down. Then, in the stillness, the girl is ready to play. What will she be, now that the rain has stopped and there's a glimmer of sunlight?

Author Katrina Germein has captured all of the wonderful movement, energy and excitement of a storm in her latest picture book, Thunderstorm Dancing.

Starting at the beach as dark clouds approach, a young girl and her family go from relaxed to bustling busyness as they move inside to escape the storm. Once inside, they dance and move about, as each family member represents a different aspect of the storm from rain and clouds to lightning and the warm sun that appears when the storm clouds clear.

The text has a wonderful sense of movement and pace, building to a crescendo and then suddenly easing as the storm passes as quickly as it arrived. The rhyming text and wonderful selection of sound and movement words are perfect for reading aloud, drawing those listening into the whirlwind of the storm and then leaving them in the comfort of the sunshine that appears when the storm moves on.

Judy Watson’s illustrations complement the energy of the text perfectly, reflecting the dual focus on the family and the weather and cleverly incorporating each family member into the different elements of the thunderstorm.

I love that Thunderstorm Dancing drew me into the energy of the storm. I found myself reading the text more quickly as the storm built to its peak and then letting out a deep breath as the storm passed and the sun came out. The story offers children a way of connecting with the emotion and impact of a storm in a positive way.

Thunderstorm Dancing is a wonderful classroom resource, with obvious opportunities young children to dance and move to the rhythm of the story as well as inspiring older children to use rhythm and rhyme to create their own weather stories.

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