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Noah Makes a Boat Board book – October 15, 1997
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1. Noah's grandson helps him figure out how to construct a boat large enough to hold all the pairs of animals plus required food for an extended voyage. Noah's wife assists them in constructing the ark and collecting the animals. Then she and Little Noah entertain the creatures while Noah sleeps for 40 days and nights. Lodge's illustrations have a folk-art quality. White-haired Noah wears overalls. Mrs. Noah's white apron matches her dress cuffs and collar. The red ark with its yellow shutters calls to mind a well-tended barn. The book is a pleasant but unexceptional entry among the numerous retellings of Noah's familiar story.?Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Another attempt at the oft-told story of Noah's Ark. This handsomely designed lino-cut version, reminiscent of the early woodcuts of Blair Lent, sports a modern-day Grandfather Noah-- sort of a cross between Santa and Father Time. Alongside Noah is someone new to the old story, his grandson, Little Noah. This version emphasizes the step-by-step process of building a boat; human ingenuity is emphasized for all God will say is for Noah to ``work it out'' without divine plans or intervention. Little Noah comes up with the boat's shape and makeup, Noah with the boat's structure, and Mrs. Noah gets in on the act with a bit of cross-cut sawing and raising of planks. God provides Noah with a bit of shut-eye, while Mrs. Noah and Little Noah play ``I Spy'' aboard the ark. The biblical wickedness and consequent destruction and purging of the earth is omitted in this nearly secular account, leaving the tale without a context, yet replacing it with a folksy fable filled with levity rather than a moral. Diverting. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.