The amount of thunder showers we are getting this summer seems a might bit excessive, wouldn’t you say? At our house, we have already sung, “rain, rain, go away,” until we are blue in the face.
Ah well, I guess, when life gives you thunder storms the best thing to do is to make thunder cake.
You haven’t heard of thunder cake?
Well, pal, you are going to love this! Thunder cake is the best way I know to turn a loud, crashing, flashing, pouring down, scary thunderstorm into a celebration.
And the best thing about thunder cake is, it is both a cake and a story. A really sweet story. With amazing illustrations.
The book Thunder Cake is the creation of one of my all-time favorite children’s authors, Patricia Polacco. In it, she recounts the story from her youth of how her Babushka (Russian for grandmother) helped her to overcome her fear of thunderstorms.
Thunder cake is the creation of her Babushka, a yummy distraction from the boom of thunder and the crack of lightening.
Taken together, Thunder Cake and thunder cake are the perfect recipe to turn some frowns upside down and make yet another rainstorm an exciting, fun, happy, and delicious occasion.
You may find a copy of Thunder Cake at your local library or bookstore, but if you have an urgent need (i.e. storm clouds are moving in right now) there is a terrific version of Patricia Polacco reading the story (complete with Russian accents) on You Tube.
The recipe, which is in the book, is also available on Patricia’s web site.