Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FLOOD written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley

This is a lovely picture book that I am personally donating to our library. Whilst we have had our own natural disaster here in Christchurch, Queensland, Australia experienced a devastating flood in December 2010. This book has been written about the flood and has been donated to every primary school in Australia, with all profits going to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.

This is a story that shows how strong and devastating flood water can be to homes and livelihoods. It is inspired by the 2011 Queensland floods but it could be about any of the disasters that strike our land, and the events that turn everyday Australians into heroes. Flood depicts water mercilessly ripping through Queensland towns and then receding, leaving destruction and devastation in its wake. Told from the perspective of a cattle dog who is separated from his family, Flood helps children to understand the affects of a traumatic natural disaster without being too confronting, while the story of the little tugboat that pushes a boardwalk out to sea, staving off further disaster, gives smaller children a hero they can relate to. Flood is a beautiful and timely expression of the strength of the Australian spirit during times of adversity.

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