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When a flood threatens to destroy a family’s home, they must leave. What will they return to once the waters recede? This intense, beautiful look at a flood’s effect on a family carries a simple message of hope and recovery. This book proudly supports Save the Children’s Domestic Emergency Fund.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level6-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
SubjectFamily, Science & Nature
Trim Size11 x 8 1/2
Page Count32
Paper Over Board
Additional Formats


The Wall Street Journal - Meghan Cox Gurdon

"A final book for young children does not contain any words, and this seems right, because the shocking image to which "Flood" (Capstone, 32 pages, $15.95) builds, and from which it recedes, will leave the reader speechless. In a series of strongly colored" - The Wall Street Journal

January 25, 2013

Publishers Weekly

"The impact of a natural disaster on a family unfolds in wordless, digitally created spreads in this first book from Argentinean illustrator Villa. In a small house near an inland body of water, a mother and her two children enjoy leisure time in the livin" - Publishers Weekly

February 18, 2013

Booklist Online - Daniel Kraus

"Villa’s wordless picture book is a haunting look at a family whose home might be wiped out by a storm. Anyone who has lived through a hurricane will catch their breath at Villa’s unnerving watercolors, generously laid out across long, horizontal spreads" - Booklist Online

March 26, 2013


School Library Journal - Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT

"This gripping story of loss and regeneration is told wordlessly through large, beautifully painted illustrations. The opening spread depicts an idyllic scene: blue sky, lush grass, and brother and sister playing outside their charming clapboard home at th" - School Library Journal

April 1, 2013

New York Parents Magazine - Jay Bushara,

"Simple as its title. No words here – no need. . . .this story wrings a surprising dose of understated optimism from familiar recent events. Doomsday preppers: you can go home again." - New York Parents Magazine

April 1, 2013

EarlyWord Kids blog - Lisa Von Drasek

"This timely wordless picture book speaks volumes about coming of a storm and the resulting flood. . . .There is hope as the waters recede and although adults will shake their heads at the seemingly “easy” cleanup and restoration, children will find comfor" - EarlyWord Kids blog

March 1, 2013


Shelf-Employed blog - Lisa Taylor

"...beautiful and moving, and ultimately uplifting…" - Shelf-Employed blog

January 12, 2013

San Francisco Book Review, Kids Book Review - Rachel, Age 5

"I thought that this book was very happy when they rebuilt their house. I am glad that they were still happy that they were still a family even though there was a flood. . . .[the] pictures were very nice." - San Francisco Book Review, Kids Book Review

March 1, 2013

Alvaro F. Villa

Alvaro F. Villa

Alvaro Fernandez Villa lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a degree in fine art. He became interested in art as a very young child, and has developed skills in both digital and traditional art forms.

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