The book was published some time between 1960-1990's?There were a dozen or so of these books- I beleive the publisher was called Ladybird- because I do remember that there were little lady bugs on the front cover and possibly on the inside of the cover.It starts raining and a flood washes her house away.The woman and the cat get on a log and wind up floating across the sea to China.
Meanwhile, we have found some of the books, and I think my friend wants to just search out the rest on her own. --- I am looking for a young adult's book (maybe geared to about 5th grade?
Grade 3 included Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and Rose Red, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Princess and the Frog, etc. About two months ago, I sent in a stumper about a family who sailed around the world in a Chinese junk - my friend couldn't remember much else about the books, just that they were a series.
Well, I have since discovered that the books were written by Janet Lambert and are about the Campbell family.
It described the lives of he girls in a military family who lived on base. These books are about the Parrish family and were written by Janet Lambert the details you mention are correct.
One girl's name was Carol and she ended up marrying David, either in that book or a follow-up (if it is a series). They took place in New York and had a lot to do with West Point.