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While not exactly revolutionary, Grammy-winning musician Sting's retelling of the biblical story of Noah's ark is peppy and upbeat. A hip young couple read about an intriguing opportunity:
Volunteers wanted forThey take a taxi (actually, two camels) to the river and sign up with the "old guy with a beard," who "heard God's message on the radio." The rest, as they say, is history, albeit with a contemporary tempo.
A very special trip,
To commune with Mother Nature
On a big wooden ship.
Adapting the lyrics of his song and adding geometric and bright-toned illustrations by illustrator Hugh Whyte, Sting has revamped an old, old favorite for a new generation, reminding readers that the planet's well-being is still in our hands. Proceeds from the sale of Rock Steady will be donated to the Rainforest Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the Brazilian rainforests and the cultures that live there. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
Pop music superstar Sting gives a classic Bible story a brand new beat in this abbreviated version of "Rock Steady," Sting's funky, modern-day musical take on Noah's Ark (the song appears on his 1987 recording Nothing Like the Sun). A couple quickly signs on for duty after they see an ad in the newspaper: "Volunteers wanted/ For/ a very special trip,/ To commune with Mother Nature/ On a big wooden ship." They set sail under the leadership of "an old guy with a beard" who "heard God's message on the radio." During the 40 days of continuous rainfall, the crew members take some solace in the knowledge that their vessel is "Rock steady" and that they are "sailing with the Lord." Whyte's joyful accompaniment layers Crayola-bright geometric shapes in inviting scenes with varied perspectives. He riffs on an Old Testament-era setting, which immediately puts the story in a familiar context for kids even though it distances them from the impact of Sting's contemporary twist. Young readers will find much to like a rendering of a dove, resplendent in sunlight, is a stunner. Ages 5-8. (May) Foundation.
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modern and biblical themed. just add a check and you have a great christening giftPublished on July 7, 2009 by Joanne Berry
I love the colors the artist uses and the simplicity of the geometrical
characters in this book. I think the story lyrics are good for young kids. Read more