Illustrated by :Kalila J. Fuller
Audience:Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Dimensions:10.31in x 10.44 x 0.36 in | 1.09 lb
Page Count:40 pages
Underrepresented voice: Ria Thundercloud is a professional dancer and choreographer from the Ho-chunk nation in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Pueblo of Sandia just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Autobiographical story: This picture book tells the true story of Ria’s experiences growing up and learning to dance, along with what it means to her.
Striking, unique visuals: This is Kalila Fuller’s first picture book, and her stunning illustrations ensure it likely won’t be her last. Her artwork incorporates color and movement through a graphic style that feels fresh yet commercial.
A School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Book of the Year!
★ “A warmly illustrated memoir of dance and culture, this will have broad appeal about using art for expression and to overcome difficulties.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“A moving picture book about the resilience one can find in one’s cultural inheritance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An inspiring story about following one’s passion.” —Booklist
“In a heartfelt, personal-feeling narrative, Thundercloud encapsulates many Indigenous traditions…” —Publishers Weekly