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Flood

A beautiful wordless picture book about the effects of a flood on a family and their home.

 
DeweyFic
  
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile LevelNP
  
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
  
ISBN978-1-4048-8006-1
Copyright2013
  
Page Dimensions11" x 8 1/2"
Page Count32
LanguagesEnglish
BindingReinforced Library Binding
Hardcover
List Price: $20.99 School/Library Price
$15.95
 
 
 

Reviews

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 paintings, Argentine illustrator Alvaro F. Villa shows a young family in a pretty clapboard house not far from an estuary. Bad weather is brewing: Great clouds boil toward the house as, inside, the family watches a TV weatherman warning of trouble ahead. Friends come with sandbags to encircle the house, but the rain gets too heavy, and the family has to leave. Though the final pages will lift the heart with scenes of renewal, the central image of floodwaters roaring into the family's living room, knocking pictures off the wall and foaming hungrily at the stairs, leaves an impression that no child will quickly forget." - 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 living room; outside, however, the family's father glances skyward with concern. Dark clouds barrel toward the house on the following page, swallowing up the eerily yellow sky. With rosy cheeks and red noses, the family constructs a stone barrier around the house, secures the windows, and departs for a hotel. In ghostly sequences, the floodwaters invade the empty structure, tossing furniture and wrecking the lower levels. Upon the family's return, a moment of despair transitions quickly into productivity as they repair the damage. . . .the book is a useful resource for adults to use with children, especially given the damaging hurricanes in recent years." - Publishers Weekly

February 18, 2013

 

ForeWord Reviews - Julie Eakin

"A wordless narrative of epic proportions follows a family’s survival as rising tides threaten and then consume their home. Stunning, full-bleed illustrations convey all we need to know about their ordeal: that they make it through the terrifying episode together." - ForeWord Reviews

January 1, 2014

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. Familiar, nervous moments are found on every page: Dad preparing the windows while the kids, oblivious, play on the floor. The ominous glow of a weatherman delivering his warning soliloquies. Rain-battered volunteers surrounding the house with sandbags. And, of course, the worried family deciding to drive away, waving farewell to their brave, lonely house. The inability to know what nature has in store is quietly gut-wrenching—until a devastating spread depicts the interior of the house as storming with water, furniture being tossed like sticks. Villa’s sole, but significant, misstep is the too-quick turnaround: a single spread of house repair leads to the family enjoying a perfectly restored home. A worthwhile reminder that things are darkest before dawn, though not quite up to the visceral truths that make the rest of the book so moving." - 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 the edge of the water. But the next spread reveals gathering clouds in a red sky and an anxious parent looking over his shoulder as he installs storm windows. As the spreads progress, the clouds become black and roiling, rain pours down, and not even the sandbags they stack around the house assure the family’s safety. They pack a few possessions into the car, and after regretful backward glances, drive to a hotel. Ensuing pages reveal the storm’s fury as the sky blackens and waves crash inside the house, destroying furnishings and roaring threateningly toward the stairs. A bird perched on a broken branch stands out as a lone survivor. When the family returns, their grief is evident, but they move on to rebuild. Once again the scene is idyllic: contented parents look on as their children play outside the newly renovated home surrounded by freshly planted flowers and trees. This powerful story provides ample opportunities for youngsters to elaborate on the family’s emotions as they experience the destruction of their home and ways in which they were able to cope with this loss. Matt Doeden’s Floods (Pebble Plus, 2010) is a nonfiction explanation of floods and how they occur." - School Library Journal

April 1, 2013

New York Parents Magazine - Jay Bushara, onepotato.net

"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

 

Books That Heal Kids blog - Roxanne

"I've never seen a book like this. It's exceptional. The children who have recently experienced Hurricane Sandy came immediately to my mind. The pictures unfold so beautifully telling a story of a family who is trying to save their house from a flood. Their home is destroyed but it's the rebuilding that will help children understand when an awful tragedy happens - life can go on and you can be happy again. What makes Flood so powerful is it is wordless. This is a really smart and non-threatening approach to help children open up about their feelings and fears after a traumatic event. Most importantly it delivers the message that starting over is possible and can be positive. If you are working with children who have been impacted by hurricanes, floods, or any type of house tragedy (fire) please get this book. It's a very therapeutic and healing resource." - Books That Heal Kids blog

January 10, 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 comfort in the sunny end." - EarlyWord Kids blog

March 1, 2013

 

Susan Heim on Parenting blog - Susan Heim

"Children learn that although scary storms and natural disasters may arrive, this is a time for their family to seek safety and comfort in each other. When they pull together, they can get through what happens and then rebuild their lives. Reading along with a grown-up, kids can talk about their fears and what it means to be a family. Flood is a beautiful book that you won’t soon forget." - Susan Heim on Parenting blog

March 12, 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

NetGalley Review - Jennifer Wall

"Flood is a great picture book illustrating the destructive nature of floods. This story would fit right in with the SC fifth grade science standards, and I'm already envisioning the many ways I could use it in my classroom.  I appreciate that this story does not have words, because the illustrations are so powerful that they speak for themselves.  Great book!" - NetGalley Review

November 20, 2012

 

NetGalley Review - Al Sollinger

"The artwork is superb. What surprised me is how well the story could be told by the artist from page to page. The comfort of home. The uneasiness of an impending storm. The fear associated with fleeing a natural disaster. The sorrow of loss. The renewal of hope. . . .I can't wait to sit down and have my little girl tell me the story that is found in the pages of this well done children's book. If you have kids and like to encourage critical thinking this is a good book." - NetGalley Review

December 28, 2012

The Suburban Barnyard blog - Melissa Singleton Josef, MLIS

"Flood is a wonderful new resource.  It is a wordless picture book beautifully depicting the progression from calm to storm to flood to rebuilding of a family’s home. . . .The most important part is that they are together in the picture after the storm and that they are able to rebuild.  The final picture shows their home rebuilt and happy again.  It is a lovely book and will speak volumes to young children." - The Suburban Barnyard blog

December 27, 2012

 

NetGalley Review - Jennifer Wall

"Flood is a great picture book illustrating the destructive nature of floods. This story would fit right in with the SC fifth grade science standards, and I'm already envisioning the many ways I could use it in my classroom.  I appreciate that this story does not have words, because the illustrations are so powerful that they speak for themselves.  Great book!" - NetGalley Review

November 20, 2012

Jessy's Bookends blog - Jess

"Outstanding Picture book. . . .Colors are beautiful and embody emotions. Images are drawn carefully and in detail. My favorite element of this book is the images during the hurricane. They show such a fury and intensity, that immediately I felt empathy toward the family depicted in the storybook. This book doesn't need words. Words would be useless in this book, for what the author wants to say is clearly shown to us by his art. Recommended for children all ages." - Jessy's Bookends blog

January 4, 2013

 

Shelf-Employed blog - Lisa Taylor

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

January 13, 2013

Enchanting Children's Book Reviews blog - Jen

"Flood is a completely visual experience for readers. It doesn't need words; its impact is that powerful. . . .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." - Enchanting Children's Book Reviews blog

March 7, 2013

 

Susan Heim on Parenting blog - Susan Heim

"Children learn that although scary storms and natural disasters may arrive, this is a time for their family to seek safety and comfort in each other. When they pull together, they can get through what happens and then rebuild their lives. Reading along with a grown-up, kids can talk about their fears and what it means to be a family. Flood is a beautiful book that you won’t soon forget." - Susan Heim on Parenting blog

March 12, 2013

NetGalley Review - Beth Reineke, Estherville Public Library, IA

"I enjoyed this wordless book and could relate to floodings that have happened in our area. This was a heart-warming story about how the family worked together to restore their home. I liked the details in the endpapers and could see this as a brainstorming activity when sharing this during storytime. I would add this book to our collection." - NetGalley Review

March 11, 2013

 

Books Your Kids Will Love blog - Sara

"I really enjoyed this book and think that it will be a help to kids who are going through storm damage or who have witnessed it on the news.  While the damage is scary the story ultimately has a happy ending." - Books Your Kids Will Love blog

February 5, 2013

Second Bookshelf on the Right blog - Mai

"The drawings are beautiful. . . .The landscape, in particular, was rendered quite well and looked like paintings you would see in a gallery. . . .The story itself was pretty compelling." - Second Bookshelf on the Right blog

January 24, 2013

 

NetGalley Review - Misty Hazard, Librarian

"This beautifully illustrated book is very powerful, even without words. 5/5 stars." - NetGalley Review

January 14, 2013

NetGalley Review - Mandy Watson, Librarian

"The gorgeous painted illustrations vividly tell the tale in this wordless picture book of a family's devastating loss of their home and the rebuilding process." - NetGalley Review

January 20, 2013

 

Live With Passion blog - Kerry O'Donnell

"...a unique and beautiful book...the images captured both the beauty and the heartbreak that comes with flooding in a storm." - Live With Passion blog

January 23, 2013

NetGalley Review - Stephanie Torczon Essien, Librarian

"Absolutely a must purchase. . . .The teacher in me would use this book to teach empathy and cause and effect. I would also use this as a tool to foster discussion around books." - NetGalley Review

January 26, 2013

 

NetGalley Review - Sam Sanders

"This book tells you that no matter what happens to your house, the true home resides in the heart, where family is. If you have your family, you have lost nothing." - NetGalley Review

February 7, 2013

Darian G. Burns blog - Darian

"“Flood” is perfect for children facing adversity. It is convenient for opening up dialogue with your children because the lack of words leaves much up to the parent or reader. Interpretation and lesson are mainly in your hands. . . .a highly beneficial and healing resource." - Darian G. Burns blog

February 11, 2013

 

Jessy's Bookends blog - Jess

"Outstanding picture book." - Jessy's Bookends blog

January 3, 2013

NetGalley Review - Abigail Wilson

"I put in a request to purchase this book at the library. I recently shared CHALK with my preschoolers and they loved figuring out the story themselves. This would be another one they would like." - NetGalley Review

February 22, 2013

 

Kid Lit Reviews blog - Suzanne Morris

"Flood is one of the most powerful books I have seen in a very long time. The book has beautiful illustrations that alone convey the story of the fierceness of nature and the resilience of man. Flood allows children to tell the story as they turn each page, revealing exquisite art on each spread. Never have illustrations delivered so much. Kids will see a complete drama from happy beginning, to tragic lose, rebuilding, and finally the restoration of home and hope." - Kid Lit Reviews blog

March 31, 2013

The Denver Post, Pages blog - Claire Martin

"“Flood” has no words, but doesn’t really need them (which is a hard thing for a writer to admit). . . .The images by Argentinian artist Villa, are absolutely pregnant with meaning, nuanced and riveting." - The Denver Post, Pages blog

May 10, 2013

 

Maria's Spce blg - Maria

"Hope, realization, sadness, and finally hope again all shine through the wordless book. My Goddess and I have read this book a few times which is odd to say since there are zero words in the book. The story is completely narrated by the reader which I find quite unique. Leaving openness for those reading to create their own dialogue fitting to their situation." - Maria's Spce blg

June 3, 2013

The Christian Science Monitor, "7 great new illustrated children's books" - Marjorie Kehe, Monitor Books Editor

""Flood" is a dramatic, wordless recounting of a natural disaster chasing a family from their home. The miracle here is not only the safety that the family members enjoy but also the eventual recovery of their home." - The Christian Science Monitor, "7 great new illustrated children's books"

June 1, 2013

 

The BookHouse bookstore, Marion, IA

"This beautiful wordless book sets a scene all too familiar in Cedar Rapids. The images begin with an idilyic setting of a family enjoying life in their home. As a storm approaches, the family must protect their home as best as they can and evacuate. They return to the devastation of the storm. The book comes full circle when the house is rebuilt and enjoyed again." - The BookHouse bookstore, Marion, IA

May 13, 2013

Northwest Indiana Times, Your Family - Philip Potempa

"This 32-page hardcover tells the gripping stories of families who face the devastation of natural disasters. Told without words, using only the intense and beautiful illustrations of the author, a family braces for the worst when rains and flooding threaten their happy home." - Northwest Indiana Times, Your Family

July 4, 2013

 

The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Karen Sandstrom

"Wordless books play to a child's inclination to linger over visual detail, and this exceptionally well-done story rewards that attention. . . .Argentinean artist Villa captures the drama in digital paintings -- vivid, almost garish -- that tell of eerie storm skies, whooshing floodwaters and parents lying awake in the television's glow. Big weather provokes anxiety, but "Flood" reminds readers that eventually the sun returns. Grade: A." - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

June 29, 2013

Walking Brain Cells blog

"Though wordless, this book tells a powerful story of family, floods, loss and rebuilding. . . .will work well with a range of ages. It is a timely read as well as weather systems grow more powerful and more families are facing natural disasters." - Walking Brain Cells blog

July 16, 2013

 

Reading Today Online - Karen Hildebrand, Ohio Library and Reading Consultant

"Argentinean artist Alvaro Villa brings the impending storm and floodwaters to life in these bold painted illustrations." - Reading Today Online

July 17, 2013

The Children's Nook blog

"Flood is a unique and beautiful picture book by Argentinean illustrator, Alvaro F. Villa. The front and back cover of this book looks like a painting. The art is simply gorgeous and truly gives meaning to the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words." - The Children's Nook blog

August 13, 2013

 

NetGalley Review - Diane Greiner

"A beautifully illustrated wordless book. . . .I recommend this book for anyone's library, public or private." - NetGalley Review

June 26, 2013

Provo Library Children's Book Review

"...a wonderfully expressive story of a family that sticks together through thick and thin." - Provo Library Children's Book Review

May 25, 2013

 

NetGalley Review - Jacque Shakotko

"A wordless book that manages to express the entire gamut of emotions of being flooded. . . .The illustrations are beautiful." - NetGalley Review

April 12, 2013

Roundtable Reviews - Tracy Farnsworth

"I think this is a wonderful book that's useful in allowing children to learn and explore the emotions surrounding a catastrophic event like a hurricane or flood. I recommend it for that reason." - Roundtable Reviews

January 14, 2013

 

New York Family Magazine - Jay Bushara, onepotato.net

"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 Family Magazine

April 1, 2013

Chicago Now, Oh My Books blog - Shari Schmidt

"There are ample opportunities for dialog and conversation with young children given only a few simple questions from a parent or caregiver. Because of the intense feelings this book might engender, this is probably better for a slightly older child--ages 5-8 or so, but I think it could be very helpful to even younger children who’ve experienced something like this, whether from fire, flood or other significant loss. The topic is handled very sensitively in the images and despite the traumatic events, there is a strong message of hope and recovery." - Chicago Now, Oh My Books blog

January 13, 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

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. Familiar, nervous moments are found on every page: Dad preparing the windows while the kids, oblivious, play on the floor. The ominous glow of a weatherman delivering his warning soliloquies. Rain-battered volunteers surrounding the house with sandbags. And, of course, the worried family deciding to drive away, waving farewell to their brave, lonely house. The inability to know what nature has in store is quietly gut-wrenching—until a devastating spread depicts the interior of the house as storming with water, furniture being tossed like sticks. Villa’s sole, but significant, misstep is the too-quick turnaround: a single spread of house repair leads to the family enjoying a perfectly restored home. A worthwhile reminder that things are darkest before dawn, though not quite up to the visceral truths that make the rest of the book so moving." - Booklist Online

June 26, 2013

 

The Children’s Bookshelf, Central Michigan University, Public Broadcasting Cente - Sue Ann Martin

"...no words found or needed on any of the strikingly–beautiful 32 pages. This visual storytelling is successful due to the emotionality of Villa’s artistry and the pulsing nature of the subject matter." - The Children’s Bookshelf, Central Michigan University, Public Broadcasting Cente

June 5, 2013

Redeemed Reader blog - Janie

"Kids who have never experienced a flood will get a good idea of the devastation suffered by an ordinary family whose home sweet home—full of memories, pictures, and personal touches—is destroyed by water." - Redeemed Reader blog

November 18, 2013

 

Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookshelf

"...a dramatic and poetic visual narrative of the experience of a family whose home is flooded. Children can learn by observing the detailed illustrations to retell the events of the family preparations, the impending weather change and the family's evacuation to safety before the flood. The final pictures convey a positive message about the power of rebuilding, repairing and replacing what the flood had damaged." - Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookshelf

July 1, 2013

Horn Book Magazine

"In this wordless book, painterly spreads show a family of four at its river-flanked home preparing for a storm, learning of the storm’s projected severity, leaving the house, returning to find it wrecked, and working with others to restore it. This harrowing but immensely moving account is less about nature’s capacity to destroy than about people’s capacity to rebound and help." - Horn Book Magazine

March 1, 2014

 

Mankato Free Press - Tanner Kent

"Who need words with such powerful, telling illustrations? In “Flood,” a wordless picture book that assaults and recedes with the same rapidity as its subject matter, Argentinian illustrator Alvaro F. Villa tells more than words ever could." - Mankato Free Press

May 30, 2013

Awards

Tillywig Toy & Media Awards

Fall 2013 Tillywig Brain Child Award

September 1, 2013

Independent Publisher Online

2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Silver Winner

October 1, 2013

Children's Book Council and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

January 1, 2014

 
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