PreS-Gr 1-With only a week left before the flood's arrival, Noah asks God for help in gathering the animals that need to board the ark. God sends a gigantic bird with a yellow body and red wings. Despite Noah's constant admonitions to proceed carefully, the Ziz unceremoniously gathers pairs of animals and plops them down near the boat. When the smaller animals hide, the Ziz finally learns that completing a project slowly and carefully can yield better results than rushing around. Kahn's illustrations are competent but unexceptional, especially considering the many renditions of Noah and the animals that cram picture-book shelves. Die-hard Ziz fans who loved The Hardest Word (Kar-Ben, 2001) might enjoy this adventure too, but others can pass.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.