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Noah's Ark Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 87 user ratings
ISBN:0440406935
LANGUAGE:English

"This nearly wordless 1978 Caldecott Medal Winner relies chiefly on illustrations to tell the story of Noah and the ark he builds to survive the flood that God is sending. The incredibly-detailed illustrations show the work that went into building and then filling the ark with various species, including cows, bees, elephants, dogs, and cats. By turns heart rending and amusing, this picture book certainly affords a practical examination of the ark and its inhabitants. My heart broke as the waters rose and the ark left behind all sorts of animals who waited patiently for their chance to board the vessel. But I also smiled at the never-ending task of feeding, tending to, and shoveling the waste products of all of those animals. The passage of time is shown through Noah's delight in finding eggs in his chickens' nesting boxes--there's even a cat tucked away in one of the boxes--and then his exhaustion at all the work and the relentless rain. Clearly, some of the animals have given birth since there are no three, four or, in the case of the rabbits, even more animals. The images capture perfectly this patriarch's hope when he sends out birds in search of land and vegetation as well as the relief when all the passengers can finally disembark. One of the last illustrations with the ark, now empty of all animals but still filled with baskets and debris, effectively conveys just how close those quarters were and how refreshing it must have been to be able to set foot--or paw--on land once again. This is a splendid version of the story of Noah and the Great Flood. " said.

"This picture book with only one full page of words with another sentence on a page, was simple but yet significant. The page was in rhyming form and in twelve words the ark was described. Then the author points out the animals that were coming aboard the ark along with the personalities they brought. "In they came, pair by pair..." Everyone and every animal that GOD allowed on the ark came aboard and all others stayed on shore, the flood began and they were all killed for the sins. It was over and the author says "Back on Land, Through GOD's hand....The LORD's Grace, Be the praise". Then the pages show all the animals in the ark along with Noah and his family feeding, cleaning, tending to all the animals. The pictures also shows only water and rain, no land, with the ark sailing on the waters. Also, the pictures show the animals running around the ark and some playing with the other animals. At the end of the book, the pictures show the ark hitting land and Noah sends the dove and returns with an olive branch.Then Noah lets all the animals out then the pictures show the aftermath of all the animals being in the ark. The last page shows the rainbow with noahs family working on the land with some of the animals to help.

I'm so in love with this book. If a person was to just read the bible story the first thought is family on an ark with a lot of animals for forty days. This book shows what the ark probably looked like during those days and nights. The coolest thing I found in the book was that Noah sent a raven before the dove; most people just know about the dove because the story has been cut in half when telling it, small parts are left out. I would recommend this book to an art class or sunday school class, since there really is not many words to hold a child's reading attention for a bit.
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"This retold story of Noah’s Ark uses bright colors to appeal to young children. The fine detail in the pictures includes most animals a child would think of like giraffes, elephants, hippos, dolphins, and a pig. Spier takes this passage from the Bible and makes it into an understandable story for a young reader. I remember reading this story as a child and looking at all the different animals and brightly colored rainbow and being amerced in the book. Although, you have to be careful using this story in a classroom. I personally wouldnt use it in a lesson or have it on my shelf because it is a biblical book that some families may not be okay with their child reading." said.

" What a realistic representation of life on the ark. " said.

" Peter Spier's retelling of Noah's Ark is stunning. " said.

" 1978 Caldecott medal.Very intricate drawings. Each scene has so many things to look at. Each time you flip through it you see something new. " said.

" I'm a follower of Jesus and I know the story from the Bible well. I did not like how graphic this is for children. It's not exactly a children-friendly tale to begin with but its heartbreaking to see how all the non-chosen animals die. Yes, I know that's the fact of the story... I just felt it was a little too graphic. " said.

" I use this in our Caldecott unit to talk about what "detail" means in illustration, about the use of panels, and about how pictures and layout create mood. In one dramatic moment, for example, the contrast between the activity inside the ark and the complete quiet and stillness outside is conveyed through Spier's choice of layout. Wordless. " said.

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