Flood Warning

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Tom loves running through cow fields with his best friend, Peggy, and his dog, Amos—especially when he's pretending to be his favorite radio hero, the Lone Ranger. But when Tom learns the nearby Fraser River is about to flood, he may have to become a real-life hero and help save his family's herd of dairy cows. This story is based on real events that happened in the farming community of Agassiz during the Fraser River flood of 1948.

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Tom loves running through cow fields with his best friend, Peggy, and his dog, Amos—especially when he's pretending to be his favorite radio hero, the Lone Ranger. But when Tom learns the nearby Fraser River is about to flood, he may have to become a real-life hero and help save his family's herd of dairy cows. This story is based on real events that happened in the farming community of Agassiz during the Fraser River flood of 1948.

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"Offers an accessible, well-paced read while conveying the nature of floods, from preparations—such as shoring up with sand bags and moving furniture upstairs—to the geological impact. There are suspenseful moments and light touches throughout...Black-and-white drawings of characters, rural settings, and scenarios provide historic flavor to the story, which is based on the real Fraser River flood of 1948."
CM Magazine
"A delightful and exciting story about a young boy who, in 1948, helped save the family cattle herd by using his wits and by helping his family. This story takes place in a much simpler time for children, a period when they learned from nature and used the skills that they developed from play and the hard work of doing chores and helping on the farm. This little snippet of history is an interesting insight into the past in British Columbia and will not only be a fun read for any child but a useful resource for the study of community and Canadian history for young children."
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"[Pearce] effortlessly weaves the story of friendship, co-operation, loyalty, family, unity, charity and selfless heroic efforts...The reality of the events [is] brought into perspective by the expressive and energetic pencil and watercolour illustrations...A heroic historical fiction novella for any child's library, expressing good values as well as a sense of adventure."
Canadian Children's Book News
"Those librarians trying to feed the keen appetites of new chapter-book readers might offer Flood Warning, a book about responsibility set in an exciting crisis situation...Franson has been illustrating children’s books for several decades. I admire the way she conveys mood, time and place with a few lines...The generous number of illustrations of the happy dog and the stubborn cows will delight recent graduates from picture books as they proudly forge through this 'meaty' easy-reader."
Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
Tom and Peggy are used to the river rising when it rains, but it has never been a problem because the sandbags always stop it before it floods the town. That was the way it had always been since World War II when soldiers had piled those sandbags along the banks. So Tom doesn't worry until he is awoken in the middle of the night by his neighbors' efforts to save their town from watery destruction. The townspeople work tirelessly night and day, but the river keeps rising. It covers the corn fields and creeps into the barns. It threatens the lives of the animals and the townspeople. Where will they go? Will they be able to save their homes and their livestock? A well-written example of historical fiction, this story is based on the flooding of the Fraser River in 1948. The vocabulary is appropriate for advanced second-graders, and there are pictures every so often to help readers decode the text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459800687
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,290,131
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Pearce grew up on Vancouver Island. She has always been fascinated with local history and her first three novels are stories about Vancouver Island's past. Her interest in other countries and cultures, nature and animals also makes its way into her novels and short stories. Jacqueline has degrees in English literature and environmental studies. She currently lives in Burnaby, British Columbia, on the edge of a ravine with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats.

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"I don't know," Peggy said. She pointed to a spot where a section of sandbags had fallen over and left a gap. "Those sandbags don't look like they could stop much."

    She glanced up at the sun, which was getting lower in the sky.

    "I've got to get home to help with milking," she said.

    "Me too," said Tom. There was never a holiday from milking.

    Reluctantly, Tom turned away from the widening brown river. If there were a flood, what would the Lone Ranger do?

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