When the Dikes Broke

by Alta Halverson Seymour

We enjoyed it!

5.0 rating
February 24, 2021

I read this aloud to my kids and we really liked it. My kids were invested in what would happen with Tante Anna.
I loved how they worked together as a family and had such love for each other. They were positive about the future during hard times and I thought that was inspiring also.


Family Ties

5.0 rating
June 3, 2020

I loved this story of how even during a time of devastation and the unknown the family worked to find each other, and work through the trials placed before them. It was very relatable to the unknown of today, and the story gives hope.

Kylie J

Hope Amid Havoc

5.0 rating
May 27, 2020

I loved that despite the widespread devastation and loss caused by the dikes breaking and the ensuing massive flood, courage, hope, and resilience were prevalently demonstrated. This was a very uplifting and inspiring story.

Ann M.

How the 1953 Dutch Dike tragedy helped me with the Covid-19 crisis

5.0 rating
May 14, 2020

I read this during the Covid-19 crisis so I was especially intrigued by the Dutch people’s response to their crisis when the dikes broke in 1953. This story moves quickly as the fictional van Rossem family faces the floods that threaten their lives, home, and farm. The characters were able to help their family and community by using their strengths. Mother was like an anchor to everyone by helping them to feel safe. Lisa had keen eyes for finding anything that was lost. The people were very resilient. The women took care of feeding the hungry and warming the rescued while the men took a shifts trying to fix the break in the dike. The youth and children helped to serve also. This book showed how the unity of the community helped them to heal and rebuild. So this just made me think of the great need to serve others and rebuild as we try to heal from the effects of the Coronavirus. One real take away for me was how the people were able to look at the loss of their material possessions as gains. Where they had lost furniture they had gained space to dance.

Marci W.

Cute book

5.0 rating
December 30, 2019

We enjoyed reading this. The story line is cute and it fast paced enough to keep the kids attention. It has good morals of working together and caring about each other.

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Everyone knew that a tile roof was a precarious perch. Everyone saw, too, that the steadily rising water had reached a corner of the attic floor near the stairway and was beginning to spread, slowly but surely, toward them.

Based on the great flood that swept over Holland in 1953, the gripping story When the Dikes Broke follows the tale of the van Rossem family as they are awakened by sirens and the clanging of church bells and soon realize that the dikes have broken. As the water rises to their roof, the family is separated, and a desperate and daring search is set in place for those who have been swept away. This adventurous story is packed with educational and moral value.

116 pages

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