Flood by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
The water brings relief to the dry land initially, but it quickly becomes the enemy as the river bursts its banks and turns into a flood. This picture book depicting the recent Queensland floods has a simple but powerful storyline. But the real star of the book is Bruce Whatley’s evocative watercolours, many taken from an aerial perspective and featuring a lone cattle dog, that cleverly evince the small victory of a tiny tugboat or the banding together of humans against the overwhelming forces of nature. As the waters retreat, aid emerges from friends and strangers to help life return to some semblance of normality.
With all profits raised going to the Flood Disaster Relief Appeal, this beautiful picture book helps explain Australia’s extreme weather events to children and shows how we cope as a nation.
Angela Crocombe is a childrens' book specialist at Readings St Kilda.