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Come a Tide
     

Come a Tide

by George Ella Lyon, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
 

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It's been raining for days and the river is rising. "It'll come tide," says Grandma, and it does. But these kinfolks are used to floods in the mountains, to delighted pigs swirling by the swollen creek, to the mess of mud that's always left behind. Then it's time, as Grandma says, to "make friends with a shovel." And they do.

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It's been raining for days and the river is rising. "It'll come tide," says Grandma, and it does. But these kinfolks are used to floods in the mountains, to delighted pigs swirling by the swollen creek, to the mess of mud that's always left behind. Then it's time, as Grandma says, to "make friends with a shovel." And they do.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A vividly depicted four-day downpour wreaks havoc in the lives of country folk; in PW 's words, this ``seamless collaboration . . . is a striking and thoroughly captivating portrait of grace and humor in the face of adversity.'' Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS Gr 2 --In the hills, in March, it snowed and then rained four days and nights. Grandma said, ``It'll come a tide.'' It did, washing away gardens, porches, pigs, and chickens. Four families on a hillside cope with the flood, driving to higher ground to wait it out, fetching their boat, and gathering stray family members. After the narrator's night at Grandma's, the rain stops and they all return to ``make friends with a shovel.'' The story is lyrically told with sly humor, and expanded to hilarity by Gammell's rollicking, wet, full-of-action, full-color cartoons. The characters could get together with those he did for Rylant's The Relatives Came (Bradbury, 1985). The underlying colored-pencil technique is in his typical style, but for rain he uses watercolor. His work is jolly as always and brimming with life, but there is one small nit to pick: the chickens and the pigs smile as the water sweeps them away. The jovial art may also tend somewhat to counter the final lines of the book: ``. . . I'll hold my breath/ and hope Grandma won't say,/ `Children, it'll come a tide.' '' That is quibbling, however. Children and adults alike will love this big-hearted book. Reassuringly, it shows feisty people coping with trouble and coming out all right, thus taking some of the fear out of a potentially terrifying experience. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531070369
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.47(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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