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A girl provides a lighthearted account of the spring floods at her rural home.
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PreS Grade 2 --In the hills, in March, it snowed and then rained four days and nights. Grandma said, "It'll come a tide." It did, washing away gardens, porches, pigs, and chickens. Four families on a hillside cope with the flood, driving to higher ground to wait it out, fetching their boat, and gathering stray family members. After the narrator's night at Grandma's, the rain stops and they all return to "make friends with a shovel." The story is lyrically told with sly humor, and expanded to hilarity by Gammell's rollicking, wet, full-of-action, full-color cartoons. The characters could get together with those he did for Rylant's The Relatives Came (Bradbury, 1985). The underlying colored-pencil technique is in his typical style, but for rain he uses watercolor. His work is jolly as always and brimming with life, but there is one small nit to pick: the chickens and the pigs smile as the water sweeps them away. The jovial art may also tend somewhat to counter the final lines of the book: ". . . I'll hold my breath/ and hope Grandma won't say,/ 'Children, it'll come a tide.' " That is quibbling, however. Children and adults alike will love this big-hearted book. Reassuringly, it shows feisty people coping with trouble and coming out all right, thus taking some of the fear out of a potentially terrifying experience. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A vividly depicted four-day downpour wreaks havoc in the lives of country folk; in PW 's words, this "seamless collaboration . . . is a striking and thoroughly captivating portrait of grace and humor in the face of adversity." Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Orchard Books, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0531070360
Book Description Orchard Books, 1993. Condition: New. Stephen Gammell (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0531070360
Book Description Orchard Books (NY), 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0531070360