Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Noah and the Ark

In Noah and the Ark, God sees that most of the world has become wicked. He tells Noah He will destroy the earth, but Noah and his family and animals are to be saved with an ark. God instructs Noah to build the ark, and Noah gathers the animals on board before the rain pours.

When the water recedes, Noah sends out a dove in search of a sign it's safe to come out. The bird returns with an olive branch, and everyone on board leaves the ark. God promises with the sign of a rainbow He will never flood the earth again.  

Noah and the Ark is written by Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand, and Ken Carder. The illustrations are by Ron Kauffman.  

What I Like: The illustrations in this book are bright and colorful, and entertaining to young children. The book comes with an audio CD which has two versions of the story on it (one with a chime to tell when to turn the page). There's also several entertaining songs that help teach young kids different passages of Scripture. I'm pretty sure my own church has used a couple of them for Vacation Bible School.  

What I Dislike: The story of Noah's ark is, in my opinion, overdone, so you really have to have an outstanding take to rise above the rest of the crowd. I don't think this book is above average, it's just a basic retelling of the story.

I ended up going to my own Bible to review the actual account of the story. In Noah and the Ark, there was no mention of the fact Noah sent out a raven, and the dove was sent out a total of three times; the book only indicates it was sent out once.

Overall Rating: Good

Age Appeal: 4 - 8  

Publisher Info: Twin Sisters Productions, 2010; ISBN: 978-159922-438-1; Paperback with CD $4.99

Buy it at Amazon.com for $4.99.

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1 comment:

Kate Scott said...

I think you're right. The Noah's ark story is way overdone. Once you've seen one Noah's ark picture book, it seems you've seen them all!