Noah's Bark

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Krensky's (Chaucer's First Winter) playful spin on the Bible story, Noah has a short fuse—and a real communication problem with animals. While he labors to build the ark, Noah is nearly driven batty by the cacophony of animal sounds, as the beasts let loose with any noise that inspires them (“Beavers crowed when the sun came up. Snakes quacked in distress”). However, such a racket is no help when it's time to board the vessel and set sail during the great flood. Noah takes command, barking “Quiet!” at his passengers before he assigns them specific sounds with specific purposes. Thus, “The pigs oinked if anyone fell overboard.... And the lions roared when the roof leaked.” Part fable, and all fun, this tale has a light tone and jaunty pacing that will help it stand apart from more by-the-Good-Book versions of the story. Rogé (Cesar Takes a Break) paints a friendly-looking menagerie and a humorously exasperated though kind-faced Noah. The dramatic scenes of gray skies, pelting rain, and crashing waves are particularly memorable. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Long, long ago every animal made every kind of noise. Noah could hardly think as he tried to build the ark. "‘I need quiet,' he barked." When the ark was finished and all the animals were aboard, rain fell until "…nobody could tell where the lakes ended and the oceans began." Noah worried about sinking and asked all the animals to help. They all answered at once. "‘Quiet!' Noah barked." Noah put each sound on a piece of paper which he put in the kangaroo's pocket. Then each animal drew out a paper and received a sound which would be only his. The animals now had the sounds that they have today. The animals were able to work together. When the ark rested after the flood, the animals thanked Noah for giving them their own sounds. "And Noah never had to bark at them again." The colored pictures of animals are accompanied by the sounds in large letters. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Kirkus Reviews
Krensky uses the basic elements of the Noah's Ark story for his own original pourquoi tale of how the animals came to have their own distinctive sounds. While Noah builds his ark in preparation for the imminent flood, he is surrounded by a wide assortment of animals that randomly use all the typical animal sounds from moos to meows. Though Noah successfully herds all the animal pairs into the ark, chaos ensues, and there is no communication between species until Noah devises a way for the animals to choose their own characteristic noises. The amusing, understated text has the flavor of a traditional folktale, well complemented by Roge's naive paintings with flattened perspective and muted colors. The illustrations have a dark, moody atmosphere with gray skies and driving rain, offset by the folksy charm of the animals. There is no obvious religious content in the text, with no mention of God and no dove or rainbow. While this choice makes the book plenty ecumenical, it also will render readers unfamiliar with the story mystified at Noah's foreknowledge of the flood and determination to build the ark. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822576457
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    Noah's Bark

    Noah's Bark is a whimsical retelling of the story about Noah and the animals of the world. The animals were making a lot of noise and this is a problem for Noah. He is trying to concentrate and build an ark. Noah barks, "I need Quiet!" but the animals don't pay any attention to him and continue to make all sorts of loud noises. The pigs were howling and the snakes were quacking - nobody had their own sound - readers will be delighted to discover how each animal came to make the noise it makes today. Although Noah's Bark is geared for ages 4-8 - readers of all ages are sure to enjoy this fun story.

    Rogé is the illustrator for Noah's Bark. He has illustrated several picture books and was the winner of the 2006 Governor General's Literary Award for illustration from the Canada Council of the Arts. The illustrations in Noah's Bark are colorful and whimsical and should bring a smile to the face of every reader.

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