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Come a Tide

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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.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Orchard Books (NY) (first published 1990)
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Kaylee
Come a Tide was illustrated beautifully and went along with the story perfectly. They were bright, and you could imagine yourself standing in the rain with them. If I read this as a child, I would have loved it and been able to relate because it reminds me of my grandma, she was always right and could somehow smell the rain, even now I loved reading it because it reminded me of her! Children who haven’t been in the mountains are exposed to problems that others have to deal with, and if they live...more
Lindsay Wallace
George Ella Lyon, a Lexington, KY native, does an excellent job bringing KY culture across through the themes and events of this story. This book tells of a family and their neighbors as they try to escape from a flood, up the hill to Grandma's house. This would be a good story to use with a lesson on key details and main idea, or dialect, and would also be good to use with sequencing. The illustrator, Stephen Gammell did an excellent job creating the pictures to match the setting and culture of...more
Rachael Vanderhoof
Come A Tide is a a book about a young girl who experiences the flooding of her home alongside her family and neighbors. Her grandma warned that "It'll come a tide". Grandma proves to be right, in this creatively illustrated book. The way in which the illustrator depicts the rain and water is amazing. It looks as if actual rain is pouring down on the pages, and that you can feel it splashing down on you. The illustrations are captivating and bring the book to life. I would recommend this book for...more
Suzanne
This story is a little girls’ account of the spring floods in her rural home. Although it is never stated, the reader gets the impression that the story takes place in the Appalachia area. I used this book as an extension to a reading/science unit about weather. The kids made wonderful connections regarding the flood in this story to the flood in the Rigby series book The Bell in the Well. The rich vocabulary and beautiful watercolor painting make this story wonderful to use as a read aloud!
Taylor Wyndham
Come a Tide really shows the life of people of the mountains and the struggles that they have to endure during the elements of weather. The story is beautifully illustrated which really helps to show the dramatic effects of the viscious storm. the story also shows that you can always rely on family to be there for you even in the bad and tough times, also that you need to sometimes just dig your way out of things
Jacki
It rained for 4 days and nights and flooded the river. The people didn't think it would reach their houses, but it soon did. A girl and her family head to her Grandma's for shelter, asking their neighbors to come with. They have things to gather, so the family goes alone. The next day dawns clear and families go back to uncover their flooded houses and continue on with life
Lindsey
Oh boy, this book most definitely activated my prior knowledge with its hillibilly dialogue and its life-like illustrations. A flood is coming and this family is leaving. Is anyone else coming?

I would use this book as a read aloud for all elementary ages. I could use any of the different strategies along with this book such as sketch to stretch.
Janet
A flood happens in the mountains and everyone is helping to clean out from the flood. With illustrations by Steven Gammell whose appearance make me think I am reading a Cynthia Rylant book.
R.L.
I love the language of this story. It reminds me of good times with friends and family. But the illustrations are what keeps me coming back to this for reading to my granddaughter.
Shelbi Bishop
After days of rain, the flood is rising and a home is in danger. The family is leaving.

You could use this book to compare what could happen in this area (The Ohio River).
Tina
Great way to talk about a region of the country, flooding, and literary concepts like details in writing.
Matthew
A wonderful book, short and perfectly presented. I was vastly impressed. Wonderful.
Jeanette
Love George Ella Lyon!!! This book is Kentucky through and through!
Dee
Great illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Great book.
Lana krinberg
so funny
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