When the Dikes Broke

by Alta Halverson Seymour
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Rated 4.8 out of 5

A Good Historical Read

Rated 4 out of 5
May 3, 2021

This book shows how family and community can join together to get through a difficult challenge. Though a fairly short read, it gives a good overview of life in the area at the time and the events surrounding the flooding. I particularly appreciated how the strength of girls and women was shown.

Christina P.

Fun Historical Read

Rated 5 out of 5
April 27, 2021

We read this book as a family and loved all of the incredible detail about what life was like in holland in the 1950’s. It was a simple read for me to read aloud to all of my children (who really loved it too!)

Jordan T.

We enjoyed it!

Rated 5 out of 5
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

Rated 5 out of 5
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

Rated 5 out of 5
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.
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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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