Mrs Noah's Vegetable Ark

Overview

The animals are taken care of—but what about all the plants? An environmental take on the beloved Noah's Ark tale.
 
While Mr. Noah is busy building his ark, Mrs. Noah has a sudden thought—what about her vegetable garden? And the fruit trees? And everything she has spent years sowing, growing, and tending? They'll get washed away when the rain comes! So while the animal ark venture goes ahead, Mrs. Noah begins collecting seeds, taking ...

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Overview

The animals are taken care of—but what about all the plants? An environmental take on the beloved Noah's Ark tale.
 
While Mr. Noah is busy building his ark, Mrs. Noah has a sudden thought—what about her vegetable garden? And the fruit trees? And everything she has spent years sowing, growing, and tending? They'll get washed away when the rain comes! So while the animal ark venture goes ahead, Mrs. Noah begins collecting seeds, taking cuttings, and eventually loading the ark with her own produce. The result is a splendid garden ark which not only gives everyone onboard plenty to eat, but once the rain has subsided, gives Mrs. Noah a head start in helping the world grow green and new.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mrs. Noah initially discounts the idea of a possible flood as she tends her vegetable garden, which "could use a bit of rain." When animal pairs start converging on her husband's ark, however, she enlists their help in carrying seeds, trees, and plants onboard. She also decides that they can help cook vegetable stews and harvest fresh fruit during the voyage. Mrs. Noah notes that without her foresight, they would all have suffered from vitamin deficiencies. After a dove returns with an olive branch, everyone disembarks, and Mrs. Noah begins another garden. White-haired Noah and his wife wear straw hats and aprons. They resemble kindly grandparents, although they are the only people in the story. Pleasant animals act like cooperative fuzzy or furry humans as they keep shipboard life running smoothly. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso offers a more extensive and nuanced consideration about the role Noah's wife (Naamah) might have had in rescuing plant life in her Prayer for the Earth (Jewish Lights, 1996). Pasquali's presentation is a cheerful option that will amuse some children familiar with the Noah story, but doesn't represent an essential purchase.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Publishers Weekly

Contemporary views of the person and mission of Jesus Christ are as varied as the kinds of faith that attach themselves to Christianity. From the somber Calvinists to the exuberant Word-Faith movement, practitioners of the Christian religious enterprise continue to find new and innovative ways of discovering the "Man from Nazareth." In this exuberantly joyful meditation, Dickson, honorary associate in the department of ancient history, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, gathers the many facets of Jesus' life and explores each as one would study the facets of a valuable diamond. How can one man be both friend and judge, both God and servant? The author draws on ancient histories and Judeo-Christian religious studies to present a compelling and readable account of the complex figure that millions call Savior and Lord. There is no agenda except to place Jesus Christ before readers in ways that inform and refresh, inspire and encourage. This is a wonderful book and is highly recommended for readers, indeed seekers, at all levels. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745962535
  • Publisher: Lion UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Elena Pasquali is the author of Go Hare and Tortoise Go!, Prayers for Little Angels, Run Little Chicken Run!Two-Minute Animal Stories, and Two-Minute Bible Stories. Steve Lavis is the illustrator of such children's titles as All Aboard to Work—Choo Choo!, Cock A Doodle Doo!: A Farmyard Counting Book, Noisy Wild Animals: Mix-and-Match, and You're Too Small.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Garrett MP 7

Introduction: Jesus of the imagination 9

1 Sources: How we know what we know about Jesus 15

2 Teacher: His words and their impact 28

3 Healer: The deeds that baffle 40

4 Israel: A nation on his shoulders 54

5 Christ: More than a surname 67

6 Judge: His pledge to bring justice 78

7 Friend: The scandal of his social life 89

8 Temple: The relocation of God's presence 98

9 Saviour: The meaning of his death 106

10 Adam: The promise of his resurrection 115

11 Caesar: His subversion of an empire 133

12 God: His oneness with the Almighty 141

13 Servant: His preference for the lowly 152

Epilogue: Portrait of a follower of Jesus 160

Notes 162

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