Thunder Boy Jr.


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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2016

From the publisher:

"Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.

But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.

National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son. "

40 pages           978-0316013727          Ages 5-8


Dads are the best.  This dad is totally awesome.  But his son has a problem.

Thunder Boy Jr. wants his very own name.  His Dad's name is Thunder Boy Smith.  People call his Dad Big Thunder. That name is huge.  The people call the son, Little Thunder, which doesn't feel like so much.

Who does not want to be seen as the unique, special, one-of-a-kind amazing person he/she is?

What does your name say about you?  How do you tell your parents something that reaslly matters to you?  Do you know why Native American people have such special names?

It is important to celebrate each and every one.

40 pages           978-0316013727          Ages 5-8

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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