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Thunder Cake [Hardcover]

By Patricia Polacco (Author)
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Item description for Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco...

Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms

Awards and Recognitions
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Buckaroo Book Award - 1998-1999 Nominee - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/23/1990
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 693
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 723
  • Booklist - 01/01/1993 page 811
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1990

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Philomel
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 1990
Publisher   Philomel
Age  4-8
ISBN  0399222316  
ISBN13  9780399222313  
UPC  048228016991  

Availability  256 units.
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More About Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children's books, including "The Keeping Quilt", "The Blessing Cup", Fiona's Lace", "The Trees of the Dancing Goats", "Babushka's Doll", and "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother". She lives in Union City, Michigan.

I was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1944. Soon after my birth I lived, in Williamston, Michigan and then moved onto my grandparents farm in Union City , Michigan.

I lived on the farm with my mom and Grandparents until 1949. That is when my Babushka (my grandmother ) died and we prepared to move away from Michigan. I must say that living on that little farm with them was the most magical time of my life...and that my Babushka and other grandparents were some of the most inspirational people in my life.

My parents were divorced when I was 3, and both my father and mother moved back into the homes of their parents. I spent the school year with my mother, and the summers with my dad. In both households I was the apple of my grandparents' eyes! I would say that these relationships with my grandparents have most definitely influenced my life and my work. You probably have noticed that in almost every book that I write there is a very young person who is interacting with an elderly person. Personally, I feel that this is the most valuable experience of my life....having the wonder of knowing both children and elderly people.

The respect that I learned as a very young person certainly carried over into my life in later years. I have always like hearing stories from these folks.My genuine curiosity for the wonder of living a very long life prepared me to accept the declining years of my own parents.

To get back to the farm in Union City...this place was so magical to me that I have never forgotten it! This was the place where I heard such wonderful stories told...this was the place that a real meteor fell into our front yard...that very meteorite is now our family headstone in the graveyard here in Union City.

Did I tell you that I now live in Union City? This is after living in Oakland, California for almost 37 years. But, you see, every year I'd come back to Michigan to see my Dad and family.


In 1949 we left the farm to move , first to Coral Gables, Florida. I lived there with my Mom and my brother, Richard, for almost 3 years. Then we moved to Oakland, California . I remained there for most of my young life on into my adulthood. We lived on Ocean View Drive in the Rockridge District. What I loved the most about this neighborhood is that all of my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas and religions as there are people on the planet. How lucky I was to know so many people that were so different and yet so much alike.

It is on Ocean View that I met my best friend, Stewart Grinnell Washington. We are best friends to this day! He has a younger brother, Winston and three sisters; Jackie, Terry and Robin.When I was a student in elementary school I wasn't a very good student. had a terrible time with reading and math. As a matter of fact, I did not learn how to read until I was almost 14 years old. Can you imagine what it was like to see all my friends do so well in school and I wasn't! I thought I was dumb. I didn't like school because there was this boy that always teased me and made me feel even dumber. When I was fourteen, it was learned that I have a learning disability. It is called dyslexia. I felt trapped in a body that wouldn't do what everybody else could do. That was when one of my hero's, my teacher, found what was wrong with me and got me the help I needed to succeed in school. Of course , now that I am an adult, I realize that being learning disabled does not mean DUMB AT ALL! As a matter of fact, I have learned that being learning disabled only means that I cannot learn the way most of you do. As a matter of fact most learning disabled children are actually GENIUSES! once I learned how to read and caught up with the rest of my fellow students, I did very well.

I went on to University, majored in Fine Art, then went on to do a graduate degree and even ended up with a Ph.D. in Art History. For a time I restored ancient pieces of art for museums. I eventually became the mother of two children, Steven and Traci, and devoted much of my days to their education and upbringing.

I did not start writing children's books until I was 41 years old. Mind you the "art" has always been there for me most of my life. Apparently one of the symptoms of my disability in academics is the ability of draw very, very well. So drawing, painting and sculpture has always been a part of my life even before I started illustrating my books. The books were quite a surprise, really. Mind you, I came from a family of incredible storytellers. My mother's people were from the Ukraine and father's people were from Ireland. My extended family,(Stewart's family) were from the bayous of Louisiana...also great story tellers. When you are raised on HEARING stories.....NOT SEEING THEM, you become very good at telling stories yourself. So at the age of 41 I started putting stories that I told down on paper and did drawings to help illustrate them...I guess the rest is history.

I have enjoyed a wonderful career of writing books for children . Who could have guessed that little girl that was having such a tough time in school would end up an illustrator and author. Children and adults alike ask me where I get my ideas...I get them from the same place that you do....MY IMAGINATION... I would guess the reason my imagination is so fertile is because I came from storytelling and, WE DID NOT OWN A T.V.!!!!!!!!! You see, when one is a writer, actor, dancer, musician; a creator of any kind, he or she does these things because they listen to that "voice" inside of them. All of us have that "voice". It is where all inspired thoughts come from....but when you have electronic screens in front, of you, speaking that voice for you... it DROWNS OUT THE VOICE! When I talk to children and aspiring writers, I always ask them to listen to the voice, turn off the T.V. and LISTEN...LISTEN...LISTEN.

Patricia Polacco currently resides in Union City, in the state of Michigan.

Patricia Polacco has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Picture Books
  2. Dell Picture Yearling
  3. Mother Goose
  4. Paula Wiseman Books
  5. Picture Puffin Books

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3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
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Reviews - What do customers think about Thunder Cake?

A Must for Grandmas or Moms with young children  Jun 5, 2008
What a wonderful book to share with little ones on a stormy day! We read the book, gathered our ingredients and made a Thunder Cake according to the recipe. Make sure to have some small brown bags to "pop" for the thunder, along with the real thunder. After the cake is finished, top with some gooey store-bought icing--yummy. Then have everyone guess what the "secret ingredient" is, only you and the little ones know. They'll have so much fun revealing the secret. This book is sure to make longlasting memories.
Memory Lane...  Apr 23, 2008
My dad used to read this book to me when I was a little girl. I LOVED IT!! I will always remember him making very noisy and obnoxious (but entertaining!!) thunder "sounds" - he was so funny and I will always, always, always remember him reading this book to me. I have NEVER been afraid of thunder.. maybe it was because of this book?? I highly recommend Thunder Cake for anyone looking to have a great time with their child!! They'll remember it forever!
wonderful book  Mar 18, 2008
This is an enchanting story and a great cake recipe too! I highly recommend and so do all the second graders who recently read it and shared in the thunder cake!
Thunder Cake  May 12, 2007
This is a wonderful book ! My grandaughter's teacher had the kids read it in class. I made a thunder cake and took it in for the class when they were done. The receipe is in the back of the book. They loved it and it was a lot of fun. Also, a good book for children afraid of thunder storms. I highly recommend it.
Thundercake  Apr 23, 2006
I Love This Book! I read it to my Toddler daycare class and they were so into this book. It held their attention. Now when they hear thunder they want to make a thundercake.

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