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The Ark: A Pop-up by Matthew Reinhart Hardcover – February 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Pop edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859090
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 4 - Reinhart bases his retelling of Noah's story on the Genesis account. He expands a bit on the original by including folkloric elements such as the jeering neighbors who later beg for a place onboard as the waters rise. What sets this version apart is the use of intricate pop-ups, not only on each spread but also in smaller fold-outs located along the sides. For example, next to the large ark under construction, a smaller scene shows Noah and one of his sons applying tar. The storm scene includes people climbing a mountain while lightning flashes and the ark tosses on roiling waves. The impressive paper engineering is both the book's strength and its weakness. Readers of almost any age will be impressed by the colorful, complex, three-dimensional scenes. However, their fragility limits the book's usefulness for libraries. The smaller pop-ups are particularly difficult to secure under their corner flaps. Librarians might consider whether they would have occasion to include this tale in storyhour and purchase accordingly. - Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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About the Author

Matthew Reinhart, a graduate of the Pratt Institute, is the highly acclamied author of Animal Popposites, The Ark, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book for Little Simon. His pop-up career began while working with Robert Sabuda on books like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Movable Mother Goose, before breaking into the world of pop-ups on his own. Matthew lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Matthew Christian Reinhart was born September 21, 1971 to Gary and Judith Reinhart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The son of a farmer, his father Gary joined the Navy to become jet fighter pilot, and so the family moved around the country, from Florida to Texas to Illinois to California to Virginia and then South Carolina. Gary wanted to be more than a pilot (which was pretty amazing itself) so he went on to Dental School and studied to be an oral surgeon. Judith and Matthew followed along, and soon to be joined by his mischievous little sister, Erin. Often times, Gary's training took him to places they couldn't follow (even on aircraft carriers), so Judy took charge. Matthew's childhood was filled with good times and very happy memories overall, thanks to his family.
Art was always a tremendously huge part of Matthew's young life. Drawing pictures and making crafts were his favorite activities, in school and out. Matthew drew whenever and wherever he got the chance. His school notebooks often had more drawings than notes! He loved drawing and reading about all creatures and animals so much, he drew them everywhere! Dinosaurs, like about every kid on the planet, were his absolute favorite to draw and Matthew could rattle off the name of every single one before learning to add or subtract. As he got older, Matthew was captivated by the movie STAR WARS. The richness of the universe George Lucas created on the screen fueled his young imagination, inspiring countless sketchbooks filled with monsters, spaceships, and action heroes.
Like most high school graduates, Matthew wasn't completely focused on a career. He was unaware he could make a living being an artist. Like most doctors' children, his father convinced him to study biology to prepare for medical school. College life at Clemson University was busy and fun for Matthew, but he was never really satisfied. Medicine was not his true calling. Along with his required biology courses, Matthew snuck in a few art classes, and built up a bit of a portfolio. After graduating Cum Laude from Clemson, he took a year off before medical school and moved to New York, where he met Robert Sabuda and they began doing volunteer work together. Robert's book, Christmas Alphabet had just released to rave reviews, and persuaded Matthew follow his calling by attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. With his parents' blessing and support, Matthew enrolled as an industrial design (with a concentration in toy design) student the following year. Pratt was fantastic, eye opening experience for him, though his initial dreams of being a toy designer soon transformed into paper engineer- with the help of Mr. Sabuda. After working with Robert on books like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "A B C Disney" and "Movable Mother Goose". Matthew made his first big break into the pop-up world with "The Pop Up Book Of Phobias". Other books followed, including both collaborations with Robert Sabuda, including their trilogy of "Encyclopedia Prehistorica" books and renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak on the New York Times best-selling "Mommy?", and also even solo pop-up projects like "The Ark", "Animal Popposites", "The Jungle Book", "Cinderella" and his dream-of-all-dream projects, "STAR WARS: Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy", "The Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes". His latest series, "Encyclopedia Mythologica", includes "Fairies & Magical Creatures" and the newly-released "Gods & Heroes". In honor of the 75th Anniversary of DC COMICS, Matthew has created a massive pop-up celebration titled "DC COMICS Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book", to be released in Fall 2010. He continues to work and live in New York City, cutting, taping and folding paper into intricate, moving sculptures.

Customer Reviews

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I plan to use this book in my preschool Sunday school class.
Donna Wilson
It captivates the mind and curiosity of our three year old, and she just loves it!
cayleycakes
I found the side panels of smaller pop-ups to be intricately done, as well.
Meric

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Kuhn on March 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been anxiously awaiting this book for more than a year, and the wait was work it! The artwork and engineering is bright and imaginative.

The ark unfolds before your eyes, the gangplank lowers and the water rises!!! At the end the the ark has landed on dry land and a transparent rainbow embodies God's promise. His best work yet!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CK on January 23, 2005
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I give it five stars although in truth it is just bit short of total excellence. I think it is one or two pages shy of providing full satisfaction. Otherwise, the artwork is colorful, nicely done with white border. The popups are complex and work well. Speaking as a collector and not as consumer, I can indeed recommend this book with pleasure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Brewer on February 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to add to my collection of pop-ups but I also thought it would be a splendid show and tell for children in church school and my grandchildren. The book captivates them and they can't wait for me to turn to the next page. It brings to life Noah's ark. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cayleycakes on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, we rarely buy books... we usually get them from the library. This book is definitely one that you want on your shelves permanently!! It brings the story to life, and is a great way for inquisitive little minds to get into the story. You feel as if you can step onto the pages and into the boat! It captivates the mind and curiosity of our three year old, and she just loves it! The pop-ups are truly amazing, and the fold outs add more to each page. It's well written, and great for the kids. Wish they had these when we were little! I am giving this to our 2 and 3 year old cousins as well- this makes a great gift. A definite hit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christy VINE VOICE on September 15, 2007
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We have the Cinderella book by Matthew Reinhart and decided to ordered The Ark for a friend's daughter for her second birthday. She absolutely loved it. These won't stand up to really young kids pulling at the pop ups, but older toddlers will enjoy these type of books. The Cinderella book is out of reach from our 18 month old, otherwise it would be in rough shape.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gerard Lemoine on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Every Reinhart pop-up book is wonderful. That last one is also splendid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dragon writer on July 6, 2013
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This book is one of the oldest pop-up books by Matthew Reinhart a paper engineer. This book had been stored in a compressed condition for sometime when I received it, so some of the pop-upness of the book was flattened. Beautiful story of a classic Biblical tale.
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