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The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud (The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, Book One) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® is a two-book prequel series that begins the adventures of brave Scotty dog Max and brilliant French cat Liz through the stories of Noah's Ark and Joseph. Book One: The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud (2009 Reader's Favorite Gold Award for Children's Chapter Books) is in pre-production for an animated series and feature film adaptation, DVD school curriculum and VBS program development. Book Two: The Dreamer, the Schemer, and the Robe (2010 Reader's Favorite Gold Award for Children's Chapter Books) brings Max, Liz, and friends to work behind the scenes in the life of Joseph in the land of Egypt. The Epic Order of the Seven® series picks up where the Max and Liz series left off. Book One: The Prophet, the Shepherd, and the Star (2011 Reader's Favorite Gold Award for Christian Historical Fiction) gives Max, Liz, and the gang their most important mission yet: preparing for the birth of the promised Messiah. Their seven-hundred-year mission takes them to the lives of Isaiah, Daniel, and those in the Christmas story. Book Two: The Roman, the Twelve, and the King (2012 Readers Favorite Five Star and Bronze Awards for Christian Historical Fiction) unfolds the childhood, ministry and passion of Jesus Christ with a twist - his story is told within the story of George F. Handel composing Messiah. Six more books remain in the series: The Wind, the Road, and the Way (2014), The Fire, the Revelation, and the Fall (2015), The Voice, the Revolution, and the Marquis (2016), The Thunder, the Sword, and the Jewel (2017) and a two part book: The Professor, the War, and the Muse (2019).
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We start the story with Max, a Scottish Terrier, (Maximillan Braveheart the Bruce) traveling by himself. He soon meets up with Al, a cat. Then, they are joined by a pair of gulls, another cat, etc. Much of the first part of the story deals with their adventures and exploits, but as the story continues, we are introduced to other characters from other parts of the world. Max, and a cat named Liz, becomes the leaders of all the animals. The reed, which is carried by Max, plays an integral part in the story.
Many of the animals have some type of quirk - A dog afraid of water; a giraffe afraid of heights; a horse that "runs in his sleep"; a rhino with "anger management" issues; etc. And, of course, each animal has its own personality.
The animals come from many countries and speak many languages. Although the book is written in English, the characters manage to interject phrases from their respective countries into the dialogue. The reader is thus treated to snippets of Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, and Russian, among others. This enhances the storyline and educates the reader, as well.Read more ›
The story takes a unique twist after the landing of the ark. Cote comes through with an ominous plot to kill Noah, the discovery of a stowaway on the ark, and an encounter with Charlatan, the Evil One.
Cotes has created a winner in "The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud." I am sure we will hear more of the magical adventure tales of Max and Liz in the near future.
The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud (The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, Book One) is the tale of Max the terrier and Liz, the sleek black cat from France, who lead a swelling progress of animals around the world to join Noah in his epic water journey. Their party includes Al, a big orange Irish cat, and the wee terrier Kate, also from Scotland; seagulls Bethoo and Crinan; and Craddock the whale. Animals from all parts of the world join them, each called to follow the fire cloud.
Snippets of Noah's trials are woven through the story. Noah and his family spent one hundred years building the ark at God's direction, undeterred by the ridicule of the surrounding population. Finally the two stories intersect, the animals board the wondrous ark, and the rains begin. The trials of Max and Liz are by no means over because the ark contains the seed of the same wickedness God is purging with the floods. Can the two brave friends contain and overcome the threat? What will be their reward for courage and faith? What's at the heart of the magnificent fire cloud that inspires and leads this unlikely crew?
Clearly the themes of religion and morality underpin this fantasy adventure.Read more ›
You can also find out more about the book at the website, [...]. Throughout the site there are three different YouTube videos.
This book was written with ages 8-12 in mind but I don't know many 8 year olds who could read this on their own. I think younger than 9 would need to read it with a parent or by a parent. It's a biggie with 432 pages. It is most definitely a book for teens and adults too, especially if you love animals. We have no way for sure to know what animals would say if they could talk but I'm sure what Jenny wrote them as saying is as close as we could get. All the talking is believable.
Since the animals come from all over the world, one would imagine they would speak different languages. While it would be impossible to have each animal speak a different language completely (how would they talk amongst themselves?) the author made sure to include common saying and words from the different languages. You can see all of them listed by country in the back of the book. For example the African animals say Moffie to mean wimpy and Isit? to mean Really? The Australian animals may say G'day for Hello and Sheila for a woman while the Scottish animals say Bonnie to mean Pretty and Ta to mean To. I found myself reading with an accent in my head!
More than the first half of the book is the journey of the animals to the ark. At first thought, you may think 200 pages is way too much for just a journey to the ark but you would be wrong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did find this book to be interesting, as it told the Bible story of Noah's ark from a different point of view – the animals' view of the events taking place. Read morePublished 25 days ago by In the Bookcase
this book is the best book in the series! i reccomend this book for everyone it is very good jenny l cote uses great humer in her books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tamara
I am not quite finished with the book but it is a delightful retelling of Noah’s story. I can envision the characters during their long journey. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I bought this for my daughter and she loves it. She has re-read it several times. Can't wait to get the other books in the series for her.Published 6 months ago by Suzy Qzy
I read this to my 7 & 8 yr old daughters and we all love it! They like books but not as much as I'd like them to but they never wanted me to stop reading this book! Jenny L. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lindsey
I like the way Jenny Cote personified the animals. I enjoyed reading the animals' adventures on their way to the ark. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marita Guinsatao
I just finished "The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud" but have read some of the other books by Jenny Cote so this is an overall review. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BA