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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Thunder and the Noise Storms

by (author) Jeffrey Ansloos & Shezza Ansloos

illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2021
Native Canadian, Multigenerational, Neurodiversity, Environment
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7


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.

About the authors

JEFFREY ANSLOOS is a Cree educator and psychologist, and the Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide. He is the author of The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Decolonizing Healing and Resisting Violence.

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SHEZZA ANSLOOS is a Cree writer, educator, artist, and speaker. She is the author of two children’s books, I Loved Her and The Fire Walker. Ansloos is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and visual artist.

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JOSHUA MANGESHIG PAWIS-STECKLEY est un artiste Ojibwé pratiquant le woodland art (art autochtone représentant entre autres les légendes et la médecine). Il vient de Barrie, en Ontario, et il est membre de Wasauksing First Nation. Par son travail, il cherche à promouvoir et à reconquérir les histoires et les enseignements traditionnels Ojibwé, en modernisant le woodland art et en le plaçant au-devant de la scène à l’aide d’une variété de médiums.


JOSHUA MANGESHIG PAWIS-STECKLEY is an Ojibwe woodland artist from Barrie, Ontario, and a member of Wasauksing, First Nation. His work aims to promote and reclaim traditional Ojibwe stories and teachings, while modernizing the woodland style and bringing it into mainstream focus through a variety of mediums.


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  • Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club
  • Joint winner, A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice
  • Nominated, Blue Spruce Award

Editorial Reviews

“Thunder’s story may help many young readers with their own noise storms.”

Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/21

“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

“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

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