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Greene offers a straightforward account of how Noah built an ark, gathered animals, and sailed safely over the flooded earth. This rhymed version scans well, which encourages reading aloud. Except for the dark backgrounds that make the words hard to see at times, the book is well designed. Variations in type size and spacing work well with the text and add emphasis to crucial words. Cohen's illustrations feature a gray-bearded patriarch and dozens of animal pairs that children will enjoy identifying. The impressionistic style suggests shapes through use of shading and flowing lines. Although this rendition lacks the majestic qualities of Jerry Pinkney's Noah's Ark (SeaStar, 2002) or the bright intensity of Lucy Cousins's Noah's Ark (Candlewick, 1993), it is definitely worth considering for collections that need a new or replacement version of Noah's story.
—Kathy PiehlCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted June 19, 2014
I never get tired of the story of Noah and the building of the ark. It is such an important lesson that we need to teach our children from a very early age. They need to know about God's provision and His promises even in the storms of life.
Rhonda Greene and Margaret Spengler have combined their talents to once again bring this account to life. You are sure to enjoy Rhonda's rhyming verse that explains in detail what took place all those years ago. Margaret's illustrations are bright and colorful and the characters have such sweet facial expressions.
I appreciated how even the simplest of details about the story were covered. There are details such as the ark being covered in pitch and God Himself shutting the door, that will be important to your children in understanding some of the deeper meanings as they grow older. I can't express how much I love that these things were included and not glossed over. I feel like it is better to teach the story in the correct way from the beginning rather than having to unlearn some things later in life. This is a book that you can trust on the details even though it is a child's storybook.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Posted April 22, 2014
As a pastor and Father I am always looking for Children's books that tell bible stories for my two young sons. Originally, I had purchased this book for my older son, but I think a very young child could appreciate this book just as well, because it's all about the bright and beautiful pictures.
Of course this book retells the story of Noah's ark - which admittedly can be a hard subject matter for little ears. Despite what is painted on nursery walls, the story of Noah is not for children. I think the author does a wonderful job of shielding children from the more violent, scary aspects and stays true to the essence of the story.
Again, I think the book works on many levels - small children will love the pictures and enjoy the book being read to them - and older children will enjoy being able to read it for themselves.
Wonderful pictures and a wonderful story, well recommended.
Thank you to Zondervan for this preview copy in exchange for a fair and honest review
Posted April 18, 2014
Have you ever read a book whose story is so familiar, but the author has such a fabulous take on it that makes it very entertaining? Noah and the Mighty Ark is most definitely one of those books!
While it does follow the basic well-known biblical story of Noah and the Ark, what I like about it is all of the onomatopoeia and text features the author uses to engage the reader. Here's one of my favorites (the author also had font sizes that matched what was being described, which I liked!)
The tiny gnat,
The BIG, BLACK BEAR.
From far and wide, he called each pair
That crept or crawled
Or hopped or flew
Or stomped or tromped, or s-s-slithered too.
While I wouldn't be able to read a story like this to teach literary devices in the public school, this would be an awesome book to use if you home school or work in a Christian school! For now, this will be a fun one to read to my daughter and a great group of little ones in the nursery! I'm a Book Looks blogger and receive complementary books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!
Posted April 17, 2014
When I opened the package containing this book, my 17 month-old son came over and picked it up right away. He wanted me to read it to him immediately. The book is full of fun and colorful illustrations and catchy rhymes. It is fun when it talks about the snakes s-s-slithering, the rain plip-plopping, and the wind whooshing. There is one thing that this book is lacking, however. It lacks plot. I know. You may ask, "It's the story of Noah. How can it lack plot?" Well, when Noah builds an ark, puts a bunch of animals in it, it rains, and then it dries up and they all come out of the ark with no explanation of why they did that - that's a lack of plot to me. Not only that, but it almost takes God out of the story. One wonders if this was inspired by the movie Noah, which I hear has a severe lack of God talk.
This book simply says that God found "one good man, strong and kind" to build an ark. It never mentions why Noah is building the ark. Sin does not come in to the picture at all. Then, at the end of the book it talks about God's rainbow promise, but never mentions what this promise is. So it's really not that this book lacks God so much as it lacks Noah's relationship with God. The important lesson children should learn from the Noah story is that God protects those who are righteous and that faith in God can get you through the storm. This book is cute. I will still read it to my sons. But I will be sure to explain to them why Noah built the ark and what God's promise was to Noah and his people since the author of this book decided to leave that part out.
Posted April 16, 2014
We received Noah and the Mighty Ark for review and I absolutely love this book.
The book is wonderfully illustrated with the beautiful animals Noah called onto the Ark.
Each page of the story has words that rhyme making it fun to read.
The story explains how Noah built the Ark, he called all the animals two by two and when the rain came Noah comforted them.
This book is a great book for all ages in my opinion. My 8 year old loves reading it even though she is into chapter books.
It can be a great book for bedtime or just reading time.
Its one of our new favorite books!
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Posted April 15, 2014
I’ve always thought that Noah’s Ark books are a great way to introduce small children to the Bible. The amazing story of Noah and God’s promise combined with animals, a big boat, and the rainbow symbol (something they can recognize) is a winning combination.
I just received Noah and the Might Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Illustrated by Margaret L. Spengler, to review. My toddler was so excited as soon as I opened the book. He LOVES animals and loves the Noah’s Ark story very much! I felt that this book was simple enough for smaller children to understand pretty well. The story follows a rhyming pattern that appeals very well to kids. I feel the length of the book was short enough to last within a shorter attention span, yet long enough to tell the story with details that made it feel complete from beginning to end.
The bright and fun illustrations throughout the book, and especially the cover, are great! I LOVE the styling of the animals and the color palette used throughout the book, and so did our son. My only critique would be that on several pages, the illustrations appear sort of blurry. I would like to see the same styling and colors used with less blur. Other than that, this book is great for kids and I recommend it for toddlers through ages 10. I think older kids would enjoy reading the story by themselves.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.