A Nov/Dec Loan Stars Jr Top Ten Pick 2021!
A Blue Spruce Award nominee 2021!
When the world gets too loud and chaotic, a young boy’s grandfather helps him listen with wonder instead.
Kids laughing, sneakers squeaking, balls bouncing—for Thunder, the sounds of the school day often brew into overwhelming noise storms. But when Thunder’s mosom asks him what he hears on an urban nature walk, Thunder starts to understand how sounds like bird wings flapping and rushing water can help him feel calm and connected. Gentle, inviting illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley emphasize Mosom’s lessons about the healing power of the world around us.
- Nominated, Blue Spruce Award 2021
- Joint winner, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List 2022
“An unusual gentle and reflective book, one that conveys the wisdom of the relationship between First Nations people and their connection to nature, providing a universal but often forgotten message.”- CM Reviews, 09/24/21
“Thunder’s story may help many young readers with their own noise storms.”- Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/21
“Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley’s illustrations lovingly convey Thunder’s journey to calmness through his depiction of the natural world and the sounds that we all should be listening for daily. Recommended for home and school libraries. Also recommended for all children coping with anxiety.”- Canadian Children’s Book News, 12/21