A Stowaway on Noah's Ark

Overview

New York Times bestseller and award-winning illustrator Charles Santore retells the beloved Bible story of Noah's Ark through the eyes of a charming new hero that children will love: a stowaway mouse!

Achbar the mouse hears a kindly old man tell the animals of the world that there will be a great flood, and that he has built an ark big enough for two of each kind of animal to ride out the storm. But by the time Achbar works his way through the tangle of paws and hooves, two ...

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Overview

New York Times bestseller and award-winning illustrator Charles Santore retells the beloved Bible story of Noah's Ark through the eyes of a charming new hero that children will love: a stowaway mouse!

Achbar the mouse hears a kindly old man tell the animals of the world that there will be a great flood, and that he has built an ark big enough for two of each kind of animal to ride out the storm. But by the time Achbar works his way through the tangle of paws and hooves, two other mice have already been selected. Achbar is terrified and does not want to be left behind! His survival instincts tell him to stow away. But will he be discovered by the old man—and will they ever see dry land again?

Not having been chosen by Noah, Achbar the mouse stows away on the ark and tries not to be discovered while he and the other animals await the end of the flood.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What if a stowaway secretly upped the head count on Noah's Ark? That's the crux of Santore's (The Wizard of Oz) imaginative retelling of the Bible story. All the familiar elements are here, but seen from the perspective of a mouse named Achbar. Afraid of being left behind in the storm, Achbar boards with the other beasts and hides among them during the arduous journey. The text has an assured and reverent tone, with just enough playfulness to keep youngsters hooked. Noah and his family go unnamed; young readers can take pride in their own mastery of the story. Dramatically depicting the awesome forces of nature and the difficult conditions on ship, Santore's carefully detailed watercolors possess both elegance and power. The massive wooden ark, each slat and plank visible, is a wonder. And children will enjoy counting and naming the various passengers. Ages 5-8. (Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Achbar is not one of the mice chosen by Noah, but out of curiosity he begins to follow the line of animals. Noah has been instructed by God to gather two of every species of animal on Earth to place on the gigantic ark he has constructed. When the thunder rumbled and the rains began, Achbar is terrified and smuggled himself on board in the tail feathers of an ostrich. As a stowaway, he needed to remain undetected for forty days and nights of rain, so he moved from place to place. He hid in a forest of elephant legs, in a seasick lion's mane, in the nest of a stork, in a rhino's ear and in the fur of an annoyed ram. When the ark finally came to rest on a mountain peak there is hope. Achbar was so excited he forgot to hide. Santore's exquisite watercolors with rich, earthy colors are compelling. This classic Old Testament story, told from the perspective of a lowly mouse, is poignantly written and deserves a place on a family bookshelf. 2000, Random House,
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Although Achbar the mouse is not chosen to board the ark, he is determined not to be left behind. After stowing away in the feathers of an ostrich, he spends his time during the voyage finding one hiding place after another. Successfully eluding discovery, he disembarks with the other mice after the waters subside. Santore includes the essential elements of the Genesis flood story, from the building of the ark through the sign of the rainbow. However, neither Noah nor God is ever named. Instead "the old man" listens to "the sky." The illustrations of the animals are striking. The artist excels at panoramas such as the line of animal pairs waiting to board and the huge ark resting on the mountain as the creatures leave. Many pages seem washed in sepia, which mutes the colors. Others, such as the panels depicting the flood's destruction, are in black and white, recalling etchings of the deluge. The renderings of the humans are adequate but stiff and formal, straight from the pages of old Bible storybooks or Sunday-school leaflets. The youngest listeners may enjoy finding Achbar's hiding places, but for the most part, this version offers little originality. Purchase only if demand for yet another variation of this familiar story runs high.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604335439
  • Publisher: Applesauce Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2015
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 years

Meet the Author

Charles Santore is a renowned illustrator and his many awards include the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, the Alumni Award of the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Hamilton King Award. Charles Santore’s illustrations are part of the permanent collections of the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA; The Free Library of Philadelphia; New York City’s Museum of Modern Art; The United States Department of the Interior and many private collections.

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