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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (January 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399243933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399243936
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—For the first few days after they board the ark to escape the heavy rain, the animals enjoy the novelty of the voyage. However, as weeks pass, tempers start to flare, and an alphabetic litany of animals and their grievances begins. Camels complain, kangaroos kick, yaks yell, and the rest of the passengers contribute to the miserable atmosphere. Finally, Noah calls a halt to the uproar with a resounding shout to remind the creatures that they have to get along on a crowded boat. The next pass through the alphabet is much more congenial. Iguanas invite jaguars to jam. Quails quote rhymes with rabbits at a penguin party. In short, spirits improve considerably. Davis's hilarious illustrations of the facial expressions and actions of the various animals add to the liveliness and humor. Lots of interactions occur simultaneously, giving readers much to explore visually. Aside from the basic premise of Noah and a huge assortment of animals, there's little relation to the familiar Bible tale. Shapiro has crafted a humorous alphabet story with an underlying message of cooperation—a winning combination.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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At first, the animal couples are excited about their cruise on Noah’s Ark. But when the rain goes on and on, the giraffes are grumpy, the hyenas are hysterical, the iguanas are impatient, and they all blame Noah, until he yells at them: “We’re all in the same boat!” Then things turn around: the elephants become more enthusiastic, the foxes tell fables, the giraffes make gifts, and the kangaroos play kickball. The text's alphabet wordplay, alliteration, and parody will have kids and adults laughing out loud; and the bright, colorful double-page spreads extend the verbal fun in scenes of the dressed-up animal passengers munching pizza on deck or wearing sunglasses and mouthing off as they play checkers. Children will enjoy practicing the big words about feeling vexed, livid, and exasperated. Grades K-3. --Hazel Rochman

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A fun new twist on Noah's Ark.
Alison B. Kobey
My family happened to be at a children's book store this afternoon when a new author, Zachary Shapiro was there to read his first published work.
the essay queen
Highly recommended for preschool libraries!
Ilene Gilson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely Beautifully Created Dialogue, Excellently Finds Great Humor Inducing JoKing Laughter Mirroring Noah's Optimism. Particularly Quotable Rendition Summarizes Torah Unwaveringly. Voting Without Xception. Youthful Zingers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By the essay queen on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My family happened to be at a children's book store this afternoon when a new author, Zachary Shapiro was there to read his first published work. All the kids and the adults in the room enjoyed this book that was playful and fresh in its retelling of Noah's story. There were creative takes on the animals and their changeable moods and attitudes, and the illustrations kept the audiences' attention as every little nook and cranny was filled with imaginatively dressed animals engaged in all kinds of activities. Back at our home, with each rereading, our grandson discovered more to look at and point out. I just ordered 6 more copies to have on hand as a great gift. It is as beautiful to look at as it is entertaining to read. We will look forward to more books from this talented and new favorite author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Book World Magazine on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this wonderfully conceived and humorously realized picture book, the animals on Noah's ark are losing their cool waiting for the rain to stop. "The ants were antsy. The bees were bored. The camels were complaining." From A to Z all of Noah's passengers are feeling restless and irritable and they all blame him. Finally, in exasperation, Noah reminds them that they're all in this mess together, and then a true miracle happens. From A to Z they all find a way to make the journey a little bit easier. "The camels were cooperative, the dogs were diligent, and the elephants were enthusiastic." Combining a familiar bible story with an alphabetical structure and a clear message of cooperation and kindness, this book uses creative language to convey a valuable lesson about community without a trace of didacticism. Adding to the appeal are the delightfully humorous illustrations in which cartoonish animal pairs carrying an assortment of fashionable umbrellas display both their frustration and fellowship through facial expressions that are sure to make kids chuckle. Busy two-page spreads provide lots to look at as the passengers engage in various shipboard pursuits such as playing checkers and badminton and eating pizza. Fittingly, the change in mood brings about a change in the weather, and the final page finds Noah's ark sailing peacefully under a clearing sky. With kudos to the first time author, this book is heartily recommended. Ages 4-8. Teri Markson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We all know the story of Noah's Ark.

It rained and It rained.
It rained so much that Noah had to build
an ark to protect all the animals.

But Zachary Shapiro has created a unique take on the bible story with We're All in the Same Boat.

At first the animals are excited about their trip, but as the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, the animals begin to get restless. If you live in the northeast, you know rain can have that effect! Poor Noah finds himself with a boatload of crankly travelers--from antsy ants and bored bees to yelling yaks and zoned-out zebras. They all blame Noah and not until Noah screams, "We're all in the same boat!", do the animals begin to see things differently. Shapiro runs through the alphabet for a second time as the ants apologize, the bees behave and the zebras crawl into bed to catch their zzzz's.

The wordplay in the text makes this a fun read-aloud and not your ordinary alphabet book. Jack E. Davis' illustrations bring this witty and hilarious tale to life. Through each read, you'll discover something new in the illustrations to bring a smile to your face--from the animals eating pizza and playing tennis to camels licking Noah and quails stomping in puddles. As the animals learn to cooperate, they're tucked in for the night, and the ark sails on with a promise of peace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kaiserman on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"We're All in the Same Boat" is simply fun. Shapiro and Davis have created an instant classic with beautiful art, witty writing, and a story that even the youngest of kids will enjoy. The alphabetical text adds an extra bonus to those mastering their alphabet, but also creates an inviting rhythm for pre-readers. The moral/message is an essential one - because it is connected to Noah's Ark and the animals, it is not delivered in any sort of preachy way. My niece and nephew both adore the book. Fun, bright, and one read again and again throughout childhood.
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