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Booklist - 10/01/2016 From the dependable Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, here’s a useful introduction to a sometimes catastrophic phenomenon. Kenah guides readers through river floods, flash floods, and coastal floods, including those caused by hurricanes and tsunamis. Interspersed with these scenarios are concise discussions of topics such as what happens when more rain falls than the ground can absorb, why floods are sometimes useful, and how barriers are sometimes effective in holding back floodwaters. Using a soft, deep palette, the digitally enhanced, mixed-media collage illustrations support the text well and reinforce its tone of caution rather than alarm. The book’s final section advises kids to avoid flooded areas, even though the water may appear shallow, and to prepare for floods with their families by having a family flood plan, keeping safety supplies on hand, and heeding flood warnings. A sidebar offers a short, illustrated list of emergency supplies. A good starting place for learning about floods. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 Gr 2–5—Accessible text explains how rain can cause overflow in rivers and lakes and, as a result, flood basements and houses. The text exudes a gentle tone; many readers across the country will already be able to identify with these scenes of floodwaters, and those who don't will have seen them on their TV screens. The abstract style of some illustrations complements the discussion of saturated ground, storm surge, flash floods, and flood plains. A few insets add contrasting information, such as how elephants feel a coming tsunami through their feet. Even the annual floods of the Nile are mentioned, with visual reference to ancient Egyptian art—an indication of the wide range of content included in this slim introduction. A flood plan and a list of emergency supplies are great additions. VERDICT A general purchase for communities interested in flood awareness.—Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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