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Flood
This title covers these subjects: Family life -- Fiction, Floods -- Fiction, Stories without words
Flood
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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
PublisherPicture Window Books
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 color" - 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

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 t" - 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." - 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, 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. Thei" - 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 comfor" - 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 wi" - 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" - 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 o" - 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" - 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 d" - 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 to" - 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 th" - 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 wi" - 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 brainstormin" - 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 an" - 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 pa" - 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 f" - 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. The" - 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 thre" - 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" - 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--age" - 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" - 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 evac" - 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 harr" - 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

 
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