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Floodwaters and Flames tells the mostly forgotten story of the 1913 flood in Dayton, Ohio. I had not heard of the Great Dayton Flood before and was interested to learn about it. Lois Miner Huey brings attention to an extraordinary event in American History, attention that is long overdue. I learned a lot from Floodwaters and Flames and was impressed by the heroism show by the people within its pages. Huey does an excellent job recounting the events of 1913 in a way that young readers will understand
I liked how the book focuses on individuals who lived through the flood, telling the timeline of events through their eyes. The cast of characters ranges from the famous—Wilbur Wright--to the everyday citizen. Each played their own important role in the flood and many were hailed as heroes long after the floodwaters receded and the smoked cleared.
I love history. I enjoy reading non-fiction. I want to pass this onto my patrons, but it can be difficult when children’s books look and read like a school textbook. Floodwaters and Flames is the perfect non-fiction book to hand to children. Many will be familiar with Wilber Wright, and Huey’s writing makes it feel like an adventure story. The layout of the book is eye catching. The timeline and glossary in the back are helpful to young readers new to nonfiction. Fans of Lauren Tarshis’s I Survived series will enjoy reading a real life disaster survival story