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Noah Hardcover – March 23, 1994

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Waiting
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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5
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From Publishers Weekly

Gauch's lilting prose-poem provides a graceful, animated underpinning for forceful, elegant oil paintings that locate the story of the Flood in an African setting. Green ( Father and Son ) deploys a palette of sparkling, jewel-like colors: ruby accents set off the plumage and skins of the birds and reptiles who gather at the ark; the brilliant emerald of the savannah plays up the hides of elephants, zebras, and other beasts. Noah is stately and regal in bearing though humbly dressed; ebony-black, he is patriarch of a clan of many hues. Green's use of sunlight and shadow adds richness and texture to his scenes, and he takes full advantage of the story's inherent symmetry (the animals, of course, come two-by-two), creating immensely pleasing visual echoes. A fresh, provocative interpretation, in which the spirited, rhythmic telling (it rains for "one day, two days, three days, four, five days, six days and seven days more") and vibrant visuals seem, like the ark's inhabitants, perfectly paired. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-Gauch retells the familiar narrative simply and directly. The cadence is good and the vocabulary is simple, for the most part; yet there are satisfying lists of animal names to roll off the tongue. What sets this version apart from others, however, are the marvelous illustrations. Green gives his paintings an African ambiance. Noah is black, and members of his family range in hue from ebony to various shades of brown to yellow. The rich colors of the animals vibrate on the pages. Striped snakes slither over red ground. The massive ark glides on a dappled ocean while great sea creatures rise from the waves. This impressive interpretation of the familiar story helps readers consider the tale anew.
Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (March 23, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039922548X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399225482
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,026,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are two elements that set this book apart from other picture books on the story of Noah: 1) the illustrated and noted animals, and 2) the color of Noah and his family. Most picture books of the story include common animals --- elephants, zebras, giraffes, maybe cats and dogs. While these are also pictured in this book, the artist also included pandas, mice, gophers, snakes, alligators. My kids enjoyed thinking about ALL of the animals in God's kingdom who were on the ark. The artist also illustrates Noah and his family with dark skin, more accurate than the blonde haired, gray-bearded Noahs found in many children's books.

The text follows the story in Genesis, however, it includes dialogue by Noah and God that are not in the Bible. Not "unbiblical", but if you are looking for a book that strictly adheres to Biblical text, this would not be it.

Considering that the book is out of print, but you can find good used copies for as little as 1 cent, it would be a good investment to any home library.
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