The Dam is inspired by a true story about the construction of a dam that created the Kielder Water lake which is the largest artificial lake in the UK.
Before the dam was built the valley was home to fields, wildlife and animals. Farmsteads and houses dotted the landscape and musicians filled the rooms with their song and folks would dance and party. But the village has long since been abandoned and now the dam is almost complete. But before the waters come, father and daughter venture into the valley to say a fond farewell and to once more fill the valley with the sounds of song.
Stunning artwork shows the change and progression as the dam floods the valley. I had mixed emotions reading the book. Sadness of the loss of the valley and people’s livelihoods gives way to happier feelings as the lake is celebrated.
The book is an exploration of progress and the need for change. It sees the rebirth and regeneration of a location as the lake now attracts many visitors who enjoy walking, fishing and boating.
More philosophical than story but a worthwhile read for older children and will provide lots of opportunity for discussion around the issues of man versus nature.
Recommended for 10+.