Rolling Thunder

Written by Kate Messner, Illustrated by Greg Ruth

An excellent read aloud for Memorial Day to introduce students to one of the fun ways that veterans are celebrated. The poetry and pictures work together to bring a sense of reverence and respect.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 2-4

Lines of bikes are miles long,

shining, half a million strong.

Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar.

Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar.

Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. This lyrical story honors the bravery and sacrifice of those American heroes — the ones who have returned home, and the ones who haven’t.

Rolling Thunder
Written by Kate Messner, Illustrated by Greg Ruth
Scholastic Press
32 pages
Release Date: April 25, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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