Thunder Cake

written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

Grandma consoles her frightened granddaughter by telling her that the dark clouds of the impending storm are nothing more than the ingredients for a Thunder Cake.

When the air gets heavy and dark clouds drift low over the fields a frightened granddaughter hides under the bed. But Grandmother insists that it is "Thunder Cake"-baking weather. They rush around the farm to find all the ingredients. And by the time they gather and mix the ingredients, bake the cake, frost it, and add strawberries, the storm has moved away. Also included is the Thunder Cake recipe. The cheerful illustrations are replete with color and details, done in the style of Russian folk art.

The author goes back into her own childhood for this story about how her Babushka helped her overcome her fear of thunder. And the cake is delicious!