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On Noah's Ark Hardcover – September 29, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Brett presents the biblical story from the perspective of Noah's granddaughter. The child watches the construction of the ark and the arrival of its passengers. Once they are on board and the rain falls, she untangles the crowded beasts so that they can all sleep peacefully. When the storm ends, Grandpa Noah releases her pet dove to search for land. After the creatures disembark, she helps him plant a seed to start life anew. This familiar story serves as a vehicle for Brett's watercolor-and-gouache panoramas of animals, birds, and insects from all corners of the Earth. Even the dodo appears. Each spread features a large scene surrounded by a papyrus border. Smaller pictures that relate to the central image are presented in animal-shaped frames to the left and right. Close-up views of insects appear near the corner of some pages and the dove also has a spot in many illustrations. Such details add to the book's interest for older children, who can find something new to explore during repeat readings. Brett's fans will recognize her artistic style, and where her work is popular, this book is a "must purchase." Other librarians may want to assess demand for Noah stories versus the number of titles in the collection, including Jerry Pinkney's Noah's Ark (North-South, 2002). If there is room for one more interpretation, this one is worth considering.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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PreS-Gr. 1. There's no mention of a wrathful God in this beautifully illustrated retelling of the familiar story of the ark, which is related through the viewpoint of Noah's granddaughter. As the water rises, Noah and his family prepare while the animal pairs march aboard. The 40 days and nights in the ark are restless and crowded, but the girl tries to make everyone comfortable. Finally, she sends her dove in search of land, and a new world begins. The words are basic and effective; it's the detailed watercolors of the animals that are the real attraction here. In precise brushstrokes and vivid colors, Brett creates incredibly textured feathers and fur, and the appealing book design positions the images on backgrounds made to resemble papyrus scrolls. Very young children will want to point out their favorite animals in the parade; older ones who know the story may enjoy this kinder, secular version. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's; 1st edition (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240287
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brett presents this rendition of the story of Noah's Ark from the perspective of Noah's granddaughter. She watches the construction of the ark, and sees all the animals boarding. When the storm ends, Noah releases her pet dove to look for land. The animals leave and look for new homes, and Noah plants a tiny seed. I enjoy all of Jan Brett's books because her watercolor illustrations are so beautiful and detailed. This book is no exception. She treats the viewer to many visual delights. The text is simple and is a good read for little ones.
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Most children have heard the story of Noah's ark, but I think they're rarely encouraged to imagine what the inside of such an ark would be like. This book approaches the story from that angle and really gets a child's imagination going. What would it be like if I were on this ark? What would it look like to have so many different animals all together?

This is a great book for children who love animals. The pictures will have them entranced. I would probably not use this book to tell the story of Noah's ark to a child for the first time. I think the book is mainly geared towards children who already know the story.
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Beautiful illustrations and a creative storytelling make this version of the Noah's Ark story a must have! Jan Brett is one of my favorite author/illustrators and this book will not disappoint any of Brett's fans. This book is a joy for both parents and children to read. My 2 year old daughter loves it.
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Once again Jan Brett's illustrations are a treat for the eye. This is a simple telling of the ark story from another point of view. Noah wasn't the only one on the ark and children love to imagine what other people on the ark were like. This is a wonderful book to use to get a discussion going with young children and get them thinking about the ark and it's passengers.
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The negative reviews were primarily concerned with the fact that there is no mention of God in Jan Brett's book. I am actually not disappointed by this fact because I plan on using the book as a supplement to teaching the actual biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

The Jesse Tree is a Christmas tradition in our home and Noah's Ark is one of the first stories told during Advent. This book will make a lovely addition to our devotion. The pictures are beautiful ~ as is the case with most of Jan Brett's books.

In this unique version of the Biblical story of Noah's Ark, his granddaughter is the narrator and tells of this wonderful adventure and all of the creatures on board Grandpa Noah's ark. After 40 days and 40 nights the rain stops and the granddaughter sends out her dove who, as expected, returns with a green leaf revealing that the waters have been subdued. In the end, Grandpa Noah plants a seed and all begin to settle in their new land and life...with the final picture depicting the granddaughter with her dove, Grandpa Noah off to work farming the land and a beautiful rainbow in the background as a symbol of God's covenant.
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This is another lovely book by Jan Brett. The artwork is wonderful and the text is from the viewpoint of Noah's grandson. I bought this for our church library and am glad I did. I also suggest "Naamah: The Story of Noah's Wife" by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso for little girls. It stresses Naamah's job in preserving seeds and plants for use after the flood, and makes the Noah story less of a "men did the whole thing" story. Women were there too and obviously did a lot of work in saving the family and animals, too.
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Totally inaccurate accounting of the flood if you are a christian. So disappointed. The illustrations were good but I couldn't get past the way she totally screwed up the story. Seriously, did she even read Genesis and if she did, I wonder what version of the Bible she used. I bought two of them for baby shower gifts and couldn't make myself give them away knowing they would teach children an inaccurate account of the story. Come on, it's not that hard to get it right and kids have enough trouble remembering the facts without authors and illustrators leading them astray whether on purpose or from ignorance, I found it inexcusable.
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While this book does have lovely pictures, that is about all this book has to offer. The title could have been "On Grandpa's Boat" and been no less meaningful. This book is no more than a grandchild sitting out a month-long spring rain storm with a bunch of animals (which would be fine if that is what you were looking for). However, if you're looking for a book to bring alive the Biblical account of Noah's ark...a story that recounts God redeeming a family in His great mercy and kindness...look elsewhere.
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