Book: Little Sowbug & the Big Flood (I'm Reading-Easy Readers Book 1) by Mary Vigliante Szydlowskicategories: Book, Sowbugs, Easy Reader, Early Chapter Book, Children's Fiction, Floods, Land-Living Crustaceans, Nature, Natural Disasters, Beginning Reader
Mary Vigliante Szydlowskiabout this book: The book is about a little sowbug who lives in a woodpile surrounded by his friends and family. A woodpile similar to the one I have behind my house. His life is perfect until the rains come and the ensuing flood washes his home away. He struggles to save himself from the rushing water and to survive the muddy aftermath. The story was inspired by a true-life event. I live on a large creek in upstate New York. It's approximately 45 feet wide and about 12 feet deep. When a hurricane swept through several years ago, the water rose over 20 feet, carrying away our woodpile, and covering our deck with several inches of water. Thankfully, the hanging flower baskets suspended from the railings managed to survive the deluge. It took a month a backbreaking work to clean up the mess and repair the damage to the property caused by the flood. By the time we had our first frost in mid October, most of the outside work was finished and we'd bought and stacked a new cord of wood for the winter. I always either cover or bring my hanging baskets in when the weather turns chilly and a frost is predicted. That way we get to enjoy the flowers until the real cold weather arrives. When I brought the baskets in for the first time following the flood, I was shocked to see an army of creepy, crawling critters climbing out of the baskets and walking around on my carpet. Not wanting to use my upright vacuum to suck them up, fearing the rotating bristles might injure or kill them, I decided to use my Dustbuster instead. I chased them around the room until I had them all corralled in the hand vac. Since it was already dark and cold outside, I waited until morning before dumping the contents of the Dustbuster in front of the new woodpile. The bugs quickly scattered, making a beeline for the logs. Watching them disappear into the woodpile gave me the idea for the story.
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