Katie and the Floods

Katie and the Floods: Front cover

Katie and the Floods: Front cover

Katie and the Floods  This short but powerful story charts a young girl’s experience of the December 2015 flooding in Carlisle.  Whilst being a fictional story all the details are real.  The aim of the book is to provide an opportunity to discuss the fears and uncertainties felt by children and adults alike during the flooding.  The book will help to heal these emotional scars.  It has a positive message: Katie grows in confidence as her world recovers and begins to return to normal.  The book ends with a graphic account of Storm Desmond and its aftermath by broadcaster Emma Borthwick of BBC Radio Cumbria.  Should words fail, the glorious endpapers by Anna McKay give unscripted portrayals of the drama of a storm and the beauty of its passing.

The work is based on an original idea by Sarah Cooper, the manager at Crosby Nursery.  She worked tirelessly during the floods to restore the nursery back to action after it was wreaked by Storm Desmond.  But she was soon to realise that her own little girl was also having to face the destruction of her world.

This book has attracted generous support for its production and offers of help in distribution from individuals of all walks of life.  We thank our sponsors including BBC Radio Cumbria, Stephen Bolger, Borderloos & Event Hire, Brampton Skip Hire, Crosby Nursery at Laughingstock, the Cumberland Building Society, Cumbria Community Foundation, Dappa Hairdressing for Men, Eden Flood Volunteers, Roy and Joan Grimwood, Paul Hendy, Keith Mason Agricultural Engineer Ltd, Magic Mel, the National Day Nurseries Association, News at 15, Newtown Road Day Nursery, NTC Joinery, Premier Electrical Ltd, Rotary in Cumbria & Lancashire, Teacheco Ltd, Thomas Graham & Sons.  As for the other titles by Joellen Publications this book has been printed by H & H Reeds Printers, Penrith on fsc paper.

Katie and the Floods has been distributed throughout Cumbria free of charge to nurseries and primary schools with pupils in the age range 3 to 7 years and to every child of that age-group whose school and/or home has/have been hit by the storms.  We have also answered requests for copies from beyond Cumbria’s borders including Lancashire and Northern Ireland.

In this way Joellen Publications is contributing to the effort to build at least some resilience for the next flood.

Title page for 'Katie and the Floods' by Sue Fox. Designed and illustrated by Irene Sanderson.

Title page for ‘Katie and the Floods’ by Sue Fox. Book design and illustrations by Irene Sanderson.

Opening pages for of 'Katie and the Floods' by Sue Fox. Book design and illustrations by Irene Sanderson.

Opening pages for of ‘Katie and the Floods’ by Sue Fox. Book design and illustrations by Irene Sanderson.