Thunderstorm Dancing by Katrina Germein
Published by Allen & Unwin
A little girl on the beach, sees the storm clouds coming, building and running. Seeking shelter, the little girl and her family find a fun way to wait out the storm.
Daddy is the wind, howling and growing.
Tommy is the clouds, puffing and slow.
Poppy is the thunder, clapping and bumping.
Lachie is the lightning, flicking and flashing.
Mummy is the rain, pouring and lashing.
Thunderstorm dancing, they get lost in the riot, when all is quiet.
Granny is the sun, golden and gleaming, and when the storm passes it’s the little girl’s chance to sing, for she is the rainbow.
This story is a wonderfully imaginative way of depicting a loving family, banding together, and doing their best to wait out a thunderstorm. With each turn of the page, we see a family member play their part in the dance, and their character’s actions reflected in the beautiful illustrations in the clouds.
As a child I grew up in a place that often had thunderstorms and there has always been a certain magic to them for me. I believe that children aged 3-6 will be swept up in the tale, and will never see a thunderstorm quite the same way again. Perhaps they will forever be, Thunderstorm Dancing.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Katrina Germein
Illustrator: Judy Watson
Title: Thunderstorm Dancing
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: April 2015