Thunder Rose Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson, Harcourt, $16, Softcover; 800-543-1918.

thunderroseAGES 4-8: Thunder Rose possesses special powers from the day she is born with thunder and lightning coursing through her veins. She is able to put iron beams and toy wooden blocks together to build a skyscraper. She can jump on and soothe a huge steer.

She knows the way to tame a tornado. This confident, tall-tale cowgirl always has “that fortunate feeling” and a wonderful sense of hope. Upbeat, fun, well-told and beautifully illustrated, the story celebrates a little known aspect of American history just after the Civil War when blacks moved to the West to live in freedom. Resourceful and larger-than-life, Rose will delight children and adults alike. —Lee Culver

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