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Euphonia and the Flood by Mary Calhoun
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Euphonia and the Flood

by Mary Calhoun

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Genre: This book is a fantasy book. It is a good example of a fantasy because there are things that happen that do not normally happen in the real world. Animals can talk and understand humans and that does not happen in the real world. There are still realistic aspects of the story such as "if you do something it's worth doing it well". Because of this this story is a good example of a fantasy story.

Age: Intermediate

Media: crayon or colored pencil

Use: 1. Have students write about how important it is to do a good job on things you do. 2. Have students write about a scary time (like a flood or something) that someone helped them with. ( )
  GuidedbyVoices11 | Mar 31, 2012 |
Euphonia believes that if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well, and so she does well by whatever comes her way. Until a flood comes her way, so she hops in her boat (Mary Anne, who floats very nicely, thank you!) with her pig Fatly and her broom Briskly and rows off to see where the flood is going.

Along the way she rescues various animals who are content to stay on their awkward perches because "We're better off than they were". And it's a good thing, too - the flood was going to a picnic! So that's a happy ending.

The illustrations are very funny, with a lot of little humorous bits in the sides. The text is amusing and lightly repetitive - whenever Euphonia tells the pig to do something ("Row, Fatly!") we're told that he did it fatly ("So the pig rowed fatly, and Mary Anne, she floated very nicely, thank you"), which sooner or later makes everybody giggle.

You really need this one in your library. Obtain a copy. ( )
  conuly | Apr 25, 2010 |
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Curious to see where the flood is going, an old woman packs her broom and pig into her boat and sets out to follow it.

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