Learning to read

Learning to read

The Dam

By David Almond
Illustrated by Levi Pinfold
Published by Walker

Hardback

Price £12.99
9781406304879
Publisher Walker

Paperback

Price £7.99
9781406386035
Publisher Walker

Before the dam is completed which will result in the flooding of the valley where they have wandered and wondered, Kathryn and her father take a walk and fill the places that will be drowned with music, she with her fiddle, he with his voice. This true story is told in language which is spare and tuneful: ‘As we sail its satin surface, As we fish its fertile waters’. Levi Pinfold’s sepia toned illustrations portray the vistas of Northumberland while vignettes encourage the eye to focus in on people, buildings and flora and fauna.