Noah's Bark

Noah's Bark

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by Stephen Krensky, Rogé
     
 

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Noah’s trying to build an ark, but with the snakes quacking, the beavers crowing, and the pigs howling, he can’t even hear himself think, much less make a giant boat. Pretty soon Noah’s barking in annoyance—and then it starts to rain! Discover how each animal came to make the noise it does today in this whimsical retelling of the beloved… See more details below

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Noah’s trying to build an ark, but with the snakes quacking, the beavers crowing, and the pigs howling, he can’t even hear himself think, much less make a giant boat. Pretty soon Noah’s barking in annoyance—and then it starts to rain! Discover how each animal came to make the noise it does today in this whimsical retelling of the beloved Noah’s ark story.

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Editorial Reviews

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)
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.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480453289
Publisher:
Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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