A rather disappointing story from Jerrold Beim is realistic enough as it details some near tragic events of a flood that...

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FLOOD WATERS

A rather disappointing story from Jerrold Beim is realistic enough as it details some near tragic events of a flood that sounds like it might have happened in Connecticut last year, but does little to develop any controlled emotional content. It is a very loose narrative that just tells the story of the flood as it happens. An 11 year old boy, Josh Evans, is the central character and as the brook waters rise- first to create nothing more than a new local interest, then to break up Josh's birthday party, and finally to the point where the Evans and their neighbors must flee to the local school house and receive Red Cross aid- there is value in that the story illustrates how people should act under such circumstances. But one expects more from Beim. One or two people's ideas about life are changed by the flood- a brusque neighbor becomes friendly and Josh begins to understand why one of his playmates has an irritable side to his character. But these events are secondary in a narrative that is more concerned with a play by play account of the flood itself.

Pub Date: Oct. 10, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956