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The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud (The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, Book One) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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We start the story with Max, a Scottish Terrier, (Maximillan Braveheart the Bruce) traveling by himself. He soon meets up with Al, a cat. Then, they are joined by a pair of gulls, another cat, etc. Much of the first part of the story deals with their adventures and exploits, but as the story continues, we are introduced to other characters from other parts of the world. Max, and a cat named Liz, becomes the leaders of all the animals. The reed, which is carried by Max, plays an integral part in the story.
Many of the animals have some type of quirk - A dog afraid of water; a giraffe afraid of heights; a horse that "runs in his sleep"; a rhino with "anger management" issues; etc. And, of course, each animal has its own personality.
The animals come from many countries and speak many languages. Although the book is written in English, the characters manage to interject phrases from their respective countries into the dialogue. The reader is thus treated to snippets of Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, and Russian, among others. This enhances the storyline and educates the reader, as well.Read more ›
The story takes a unique twist after the landing of the ark. Cote comes through with an ominous plot to kill Noah, the discovery of a stowaway on the ark, and an encounter with Charlatan, the Evil One.
Cotes has created a winner in "The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud." I am sure we will hear more of the magical adventure tales of Max and Liz in the near future.
The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud (The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz, Book One) is the tale of Max the terrier and Liz, the sleek black cat from France, who lead a swelling progress of animals around the world to join Noah in his epic water journey. Their party includes Al, a big orange Irish cat, and the wee terrier Kate, also from Scotland; seagulls Bethoo and Crinan; and Craddock the whale. Animals from all parts of the world join them, each called to follow the fire cloud.
Snippets of Noah's trials are woven through the story. Noah and his family spent one hundred years building the ark at God's direction, undeterred by the ridicule of the surrounding population. Finally the two stories intersect, the animals board the wondrous ark, and the rains begin. The trials of Max and Liz are by no means over because the ark contains the seed of the same wickedness God is purging with the floods. Can the two brave friends contain and overcome the threat? What will be their reward for courage and faith? What's at the heart of the magnificent fire cloud that inspires and leads this unlikely crew?
Clearly the themes of religion and morality underpin this fantasy adventure.Read more ›
You can also find out more about the book at the website, [...]. Throughout the site there are three different YouTube videos.
This book was written with ages 8-12 in mind but I don't know many 8 year olds who could read this on their own. I think younger than 9 would need to read it with a parent or by a parent. It's a biggie with 432 pages. It is most definitely a book for teens and adults too, especially if you love animals. We have no way for sure to know what animals would say if they could talk but I'm sure what Jenny wrote them as saying is as close as we could get. All the talking is believable.
Since the animals come from all over the world, one would imagine they would speak different languages. While it would be impossible to have each animal speak a different language completely (how would they talk amongst themselves?) the author made sure to include common saying and words from the different languages. You can see all of them listed by country in the back of the book. For example the African animals say Moffie to mean wimpy and Isit? to mean Really? The Australian animals may say G'day for Hello and Sheila for a woman while the Scottish animals say Bonnie to mean Pretty and Ta to mean To. I found myself reading with an accent in my head!
More than the first half of the book is the journey of the animals to the ark. At first thought, you may think 200 pages is way too much for just a journey to the ark but you would be wrong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a joy to read this book to my grandson! He was enthralled by the story and the characters that Jenny Côte brings to life. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE The Ark,The reed,& The Fire Cloud. It's my favorite Max and Liz book because I love animals and I love God and it's both!!! Review by a 13-year old girl.Published 1 month ago by Doug Carpenter
My 10 year old LOVES this book! Great characters. She can't wait to read the other books in the series.Published 6 months ago by Elaina
The best writer in the world! Keep on writing,and we will keep on reading! This is my new favorite book. Thanks.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am thirteen and I thought this book was amazing. It had humor, cleverness, and love for the Lord. Liz was my favorite character. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan Gonzalez
I did find this book to be interesting, as it told the Bible story of Noah's ark from a different point of view – the animals' view of the events taking place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by In the Bookcase