The Dam

Book Verdict

The Dam

by David Almond

Illustrations by Levi Pinfold

First Release:

January 2019

ISBN: 9780763695972

Kielder Water is a wild and beautiful place, rich in folk music and legend. Years ago, before a great dam was built to fill the valley with water, there were farms and homesteads in that valley and musicians who livened their rooms with song. After the village was abandoned and before the waters rushed in, a father and daughter returned there. The girl began to play her fiddle, bringing her tune to one empty house after another --for this was the last time that music would be heard in that place. With exquisite artwork by Levi Pinfold, David Almond 's lyrical narrative --inspired by a true tale --pays homage to his friends Mike and Kathryn Tickell and all the musicians of Northumberland, to show that music is ancient and unstoppable, and that dams and lakes cannot overwhelm it.

Author 's note. Full-color illustrations done in charcoal, ink, and pastel and colored digitally.

  • ISBN: 9780763695972
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Candlewick
    Page Count: 32
    Trim Size: 11" x 9 1/6"
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 1.7, Points: 0.5
    Awards & Honors: CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Picture Books for School-Age Children
    Genre: Fic
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