Second, the author realistically portrays not only the hard work and unusual challenges involved with life on the ark, but also the family dynamics. The men care for the animals and the women prepare food. The ark rolls and pitches on the waves, forcing the family to rely on handrails to traverse it. After shared meals, they sing, pray, and worship together. The author even shows how, as day after seemingly endless day passes without a stop to the water, the family struggles with exhaustion, boredom, and despair.
Finally, I like that through the nitty-gritty details of the flood event, the reader sees Noah’s faith in action. This particular aspect of the story gave me a greater appreciation of Noah as a pillar of strength and obedience, no matter the difficulty of the task set before him. The author made Noah and his family feel “real” to me in a way I had never experienced before.
What I Dislike: The author often switched perspective, describing many of the events through the eyes of two dogs aboard the ark. To me, this detracted from the story and gave the otherwise powerful narrative more of a “fantasy” feel. I would have preferred that the author stick solely to Timna’s viewpoint.
Age Appeal: Ages 9-12
Publisher Info: Herald Press, April 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8361-9484-5; Paperback $9.99