Illustrator: Alvaro Fernandez Villa
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Notice that there is no author listed for this book. That’s because there isn't one. Flood is a completely visual experience for readers. It doesn't need words; its impact is that powerful.
This book is recommended for readers ages 6-8 and I definitely agree with this rating. I wouldn't recommend Flood for younger children unless a parent sees fit. Flood deals with a very real, possibly disturbing event that younger children might not understand or will interpret differently than intended.
This book teaches us an invaluable lesson. Mother Nature, while beautiful, can show her fury. Natural disasters can’t be stopped and are usually devastating. Personal belongings and effects washed away, ruined. Never to be recovered again.
What’s more important than the storm itself is what happens when the worst of it clears. When we witness communities come together to help one another rebuild their homes and businesses, schools and hospitals. Cleaning up the community, shaping up the community, striving to make it better than it was before. That’s a powerful message to send to children.
I personally feel this is a very wise book to share with young children, especially ones old enough to understand the impact that Sandy had on the East Coast of the United States. The storm coverage for Sandy was intense and emotional, so consider taking the time to explain to little ones that there is always the potential for something positive to come out of something so negative.