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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Series: Caldecott Honor Book
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587172011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587172014
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Pinkney (The Ugly Duckling) unfurls some of the finest illustrations of his career in this lush, not-to-be-missed version of the perennially popular Bible story. In unfettered, graceful prose, Pinkney relates Noah's faithful work in building the ship and gathering the animals. He enhances the smoothly rendered plot with simple, evocative detail ("The strong wooden beams embraced the clouds"; "[The animals] followed him into the ark, and God closed the door behind them"). The watercolor-and-pencil animal tableaux delicately hued, vigorously executed are stunning in their artistry. Realistically drawn creatures flap, leap, lumber and slither about under the watchful, hopeful eyes of a kind-faced, gray-bearded Noah and his family. These crowded but never chaotic scenes, as well as those depicting whales in implicit comparison with the ark, will help children grasp the magnitude of the story's message of faith, stewardship and obedience. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-Pinkney provides a fresh perspective on an often-interpreted story without introducing unusual characters. He employs watercolor and colored pencil to create a world so filled with life that not even a flood can erase its energy. His straightforward account of Noah's story includes only minor variations from the Genesis narratives. The illustrations tell much more. Noah and his family are sturdy farmers, but they are dwarfed by the ark they build. Gathering provisions, they endure the taunts of neighbors. Waiting to board, the animals spill across the pages, not in tidy lines but in messy abundance. Yet, during the voyage, humans and animals share space peacefully. Before Noah's story starts, Pinkney offers a seascape celebrating the goodness of creation. Many of the ocean dwellers reappear in a panorama in which they swim over drowned cities while the ark floats above. Such details add to the book's visual discoveries. The final view of Earth adorned with clouds and rainbows as it floats through space reinforces the unspoken message of the wonder and fragility of the natural world. Yes, another "Noah's Ark" book needs to be squeezed onto shelves, but this one won't sit there long.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Jerry studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.
His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY.

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Jerry Pinkney's book illustration are rich and detailed.
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I chose this book as a Christmas gift for grand child because I love everything illustrated by Jerry Pickney, an African American artist.
Harriet D.
She even knew what was going to happen next and was very proud of herself.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Alex Facundo on March 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was really well written for kids to understand. The illustrations are also very nice and decorative. This story would let little kids know what happened with the big flood in a short, easily understandable way. This is also a new version too. There are other versions out there in children's books that tell the story about Noah's Ark. But in my opinion, this beats all the other ones by far. The text is pretty descriptive. This helps so that little children can understand and picture the story easier in their minds. The story also illustrates how strong Noah's faith had to be to go and build an ark and all. The story sets a prime example of how everyone's faith should be. Noah didn't quit building the ark, he had faith and continued his mission from God.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on April 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a faithful interpretation of the biblical story, rendered in breathtaking watercolor paintings which earned this book a Caldecott Honor in 2003. If I were forced to choose one version of the story, I would probably choose Peter Spier's, but Pinkney provides an original, memorable perspective, allowing the youngest readers to experience the dramatic grandeur of this story. I especially appreciate a striking images of whales, sharks and fish swimming through the submerged human cities.

The text does take a few artistic liberties -- there is greater emphasis on humanity's failure to steward the planet than our failure to live a life pleasing to God -- but this is a rather minor matter, and the great strength of this book is its masterful artwork. An outstanding addition to any child's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CeeBee on December 28, 2012
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Bought this book for my almost 4-year old for Hanukkah. I read all the reviews of the various Noah books and chose this one because of the illustrations and message (emphasizing the need to treat the Earth and others well, without emphasizing the harsh nature of the Flood).

The illustrations are gorgeous and so detailed that they draw both me and my daughters in -- we spend lots of time picking out each animal and discussing all the "action" on each page. Noah's family is also presented in a very close, almost cozy way, working together and showing how they interacted with the animals on the Ark.

This book will never be as "catchy" or popular as some of our other books because it's a more serious subject matter, but for a Biblical story, it is a beautiful addition to our library that we will read for many years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Gail Smith on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have given this book to two new parents at a shower with a personal note written inside. The illustrations are wonderful, and there are several decorating products utilizing the Noah's ark theme for nurseries that would be great as additional gifts. I am a personal fan of Jerry Pinkney, and as a former elementary media specialist, find this a very well-done children's book with which to begin a library for a special child. B. Gail Smith
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kurtz on April 29, 2012
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This is a great book with beautiful artwork. I especially like the ark being built with a double page rendition of the ark's framework, giving small children the visual of the enormity of its size.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eva Sophia on January 16, 2007
Format: Library Binding
This is a wonderful illustrated book about the biblical tale of Noah's Ark. When the rest of the world laughed because Noah followed God's orders to build an ark.... he was saved from the washing cleanse of the flood. A\A wonderful reminder of why to follow the Divine Plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tarheel on June 9, 2013
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most beautiful illustrations! a joy and a family keeper.everyone in church has raved about this book. great gift. thank you for this bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camille M. on January 31, 2011
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This is a book that captures the imagination of my children. The illustrations are beautiful and lead to a joyful reading of this classic Biblical tale.
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