The Ark

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If Noah had been an artist, he might have left us these plans for the building of the ark. With panoramic elevations and gloriously detailed cross sections, we can see how every arrangement is made for the accommodation of the pairs of animals. As the sky darkens and the rains fall, Noah and his family are busied with the care and feeding of all their passengers.

Retells the familiar Bible story, using etchings as illustrations, and...

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Overview

If Noah had been an artist, he might have left us these plans for the building of the ark. With panoramic elevations and gloriously detailed cross sections, we can see how every arrangement is made for the accommodation of the pairs of animals. As the sky darkens and the rains fall, Noah and his family are busied with the care and feeding of all their passengers.

Retells the familiar Bible story, using etchings as illustrations, and vividly depicting life inside the ark.

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Editorial Reviews

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"As a result of its astonishing illustrations, a well as its compact text, this book can be used with a wide range of audiences . . ." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Biblical tale of Noah and the Ark has been illustrated numerous times, but Geisert who created Pigs from A to Z presents an outstanding edition with beautifully detailed etchings. The illustrations open with Noah and his sons laying the keel in the desert in front of their home. As the book progresses, the ark begins to take shape, the animals arrive, the wives prepare for the journey and the clouds begin to gather. The intricate pictures of geometric spaces carved out by thin ink lines are optically dazzling; Geisert's attention to numerous points and details within the etchings provides additional depth and dimension to the spare, fluid telling. All ages. September
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW offered high praise for this "outstanding" telling of the biblical tale, calling the artist's intricate black-and-white etchings of the construction of the Ark and of the inhabitants within "optically dazzling." All ages. Oct. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A dignified, somber retelling of the flood story. An introductory paragraph from Genesis sets the stage, but after that, words are minimal. Double-page spreads of cream and black etchings appear above one line of text or none at all. Liberties taken with the Bible narrative increase its appeal. For instance, the book notes that ``The family found time to rest only at dinner''; the accompanying picture shows an exhausted group sitting on upturned boxes at a plank table while monkeys scamper overhead. There is a primitive, barren quality to the world that Geisert depicts. Before the flood Noah and his family live in a cave-like dwelling carved out of black rock. Except for a goat who tries to eat laundry off the line, the animals are not cute or clever. Rather, they seem to be dumb beasts patiently waiting for release. The ark itself dominates most of the pages. Often the artist's angle of vision adds interest to the scene. Pages showing a certain section of the boat include parts of the decks directly above and below, conveying a sense of life chafing under restrictions. This version of the ark story may lack the immediate attraction of Hogrogian's (Knopf, 1986) or Fussenegger's (Lippincott, 1987), but because it forces readers to rethink a familiar tale, it merits a place on the shelves. Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Junior Library, Arlington, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395430781
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.37 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Geisert’s unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators’, annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank in Bernard, Iowa.

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