Ohio Thunder

By Denise Dowling Mortensen; Kate Kiesler (Illustrator)
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618595426, 32pp.)

Publication Date: May 2006

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One hundred million volts.
Cloud to ground advancing bolts.

Lyrical verse and stunning illustrations vividly bring to life the speed and drama of a summer storm on a midwestern farm. Gorgeous paintings depict blackened skies above vast stretches of farmland, long tracts of tall corn, and brightly colored barns, but also add subtext to the story, showing two farm boys and their father reacting to the sudden shift in the weather. This remarkable pairing of word and pictures conveys a sense of wonder about the natural world and makes for a picture book any child who has ever been frightened by a storm will respond to.

About the Author

Born in New Hampshire and raised in Vermont, Kate Kiesler began painting at an early age. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now paints and illustrates full-time. Kate paints with oils, and her rich style has been highly praised. Kate Kiesler has illustrated numerous picture books, including THE GREAT FROG RACE AND OTHER POEMS. She lives in Frisco, Colorado.

Praise For Ohio Thunder

"A nice snapshot of modern rural life" Kirkus Reviews

"Good for reading aloud, this fine picture book chronicles the passage of a powerful storm in words and pictures" Booklist, ALA

"An effective read-aloud to spark discussions about weather or...storms and the fears they might evoke." School Library Journal

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