Three animals – two of whom arch-enemies, the third merely disgruntled – are thrown together in a flood. Finding unexpected skills like steering, swimming and hanging on, they finally reach a small hillock and scramble onto it to wait for the water to subside, while contemplating their new found reliance on one another.
A simple, yet gratifying story demonstrating the need for cooperation in adversity, is beautifully illustrated with splashy textures and muted colours unfolding into exciting compositions which show the creatures from interesting new angles. Smaller creatures witness their struggle, adding gentle humour to the finely honed text. This is a good book for discussing the nature of reliance and teamwork.