Monday, July 30, 2007

Noah and the Ark (The Beginner's Bible)

Noah and the Ark, part of The Beginner's Bible series illustrated by Kelly Pulley, tells the familiar Bible story in very simple language. We learn that "everyone had forgotten God," except Noah, to whom God explained "his plan to start over." Noah builds the ark, and we see animals entering it as Noah looks at a long, long list, making sure he has them all. It rains a lot, and everything is under water. We see a shark, octopus, and other sea creatures swimming around what once was a city. Noah sends out his dove, who finds land, and when God tells them to, everyone leaves the ark. Noah and his family praise God for saving them. Then God puts a rainbow in the sky as "a sign of his promise to never flood the whole earth again."

What I Like: I appreciate the accurate retelling told in simple words and the vivid, highly colorful illustrations. A few of the illustrations show much appreciated humor; for example, the cover shows Noah trying to cram an elephant into the ark. This is one of my two year old's favorite "Noah's Ark" books.

What I Dislike: The comic-book style illustrations aren't really my thing, but if your child likes cartoons, this may be right up his or her alley.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: Infant to preschool.

Publishing Info: Zonderkidz, 2005; ISBN: 0310711037; board book, $5.99.

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