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Ancient Thunder
Author Leo Yerxa
Illustrator Leo Yerxa
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Groundwood Books
Publication date
3 August 2006

Ancient Thunder is a children's fantasy picture book by the Canadian artist and writer Leo Yerxa, simultaneously published in Canada and the United States in 2006. It won the 2006 Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and the 2008 Saskatchewan Willow Award for picture books. Ancient Thunder was both illustrated and written by Leo Yerxa.


This book describes the relationship of horses and First Nation's cultures with a single poem and illustrations using water-colour artwork. Only few lines of text per page contrast with painted images associated with native culture.


Literary awards Year  Result
Governor General's Literary Awards 2006 Won
First Nation Communities Read 2007 Won
The Willow Awards 2008 Won
Anskohk Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award 2007 Nominated
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award 2007 Nominated
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