Noah's Mittens

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We all know the story of Noah building the ark. Who would have guessed, though, that his woolly friends aboard the ark would help him make his most delightful discovery?

With one of the world?s oldest tales as its setting, Noah?s Mittens is an inventive and humorous book about the miracles taking place all around us?even with the most ordinary things, like wool and water.

During the long, arduous voyage of the ark, Noah discovers ...

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Overview

We all know the story of Noah building the ark. Who would have guessed, though, that his woolly friends aboard the ark would help him make his most delightful discovery?

With one of the world’s oldest tales as its setting, Noah’s Mittens is an inventive and humorous book about the miracles taking place all around us—even with the most ordinary things, like wool and water.

During the long, arduous voyage of the ark, Noah discovers that the sheep's wool has become matted into a strange material, for which he finds a practical use once the ark has come to rest atop a mountain.

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"...Jaunty pacing and a contemporary conversational style...sure to spark curiosity and exploration." Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
From the Bible we know Noah as a dutiful servant of God, a father, a farmer and a ship builder. But was he the first person to discover felt? According to Lunge-Larsen's fanciful tale, the answer is yes. With jaunty pacing and a contemporary conversational style, the author characterizes the Ark captain as faithful, hard-working, stressed and not always certain of his path. As Noah follows God's plan to ride out the great flood with the animals in the Ark, he notices something unusual about the coats of the sheep on board. All the jostling and humidity the woolly animals endure on the vessel results in a flat, strong and smooth cloth-like coat, which Noah shears from them. The felt (as we now know it) comes in handy in the form of winter-wear when Noah and company finally land on the snow-capped Mount Ararat. The playful liberties Lunge-Larsen takes with a familiar story may not be for everyone. But her inclusion of source notes and suggested additional reading are sure to spark curiosity and exploration. Trueman's stylized mixed-media compositions, often framed with wooden borders, provide a variety of perspectives and create a sense of the Ark's motion and noisy, close quarters. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Noah of Biblical fame invented many "wonderful things," we are told, before he built the ark on God's orders. When the rains begin and continue, life on the ark is far from pleasant. As the waves rise, the sealed boat becomes very hot and steamy. All the animals suffer, but the sheep most of all. In the damp heat, their coats have become dense, thick, and terribly tight. To relieve them, Noah cuts off the heavy cloth, which he realizes was produced from the hot, moist air and friction on their wool. When the ark finally comes to rest on Mount Ararat, he can see a green valley below, but he is surrounded by cold snow. Remembering what he cut off the sheep, he realizes what he can use to keep himself and his family warm. Trueman's humorously stylized mixed-media illustrations have a doll-like sculptural quality. In the main, they are presented in carefully carpentered wooden frames that resemble the windows of the ark. Although the sheep dominate the story, we see other animals. The beavers chew on the frames; the woodpeckers peck away. When the sheep finally disembark with their new, curly wool coats, they clearly express the joy of all the released passengers, as Noah and his felt-warmed family delight in their first sleigh ride. After the fun, we get the facts about felt and its manufacture.
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K-Gr 3-Lunge-Larsen blends legend and tall tale to explain the origin of felt in this amusing variant on Noah's story. When the patriarch constructs his famous boat, he seals it so well to prevent water leaks that no heat and moisture can escape. All of the animals suffer in this floating steam bath, but the sheep fare the worst. Their heavy coats turn into thick cloth that almost strangles them. After rescuing them with shears, Noah can't figure out what to do with the heavy material-until the ark lands on a mountaintop. Then the felt provides perfect protection against the snow and cold. Thanks to Noah's invention of scarves, hats, and mittens, people "could live and play even in the coldest regions." Trueman's mixed-media illustrations add to the fun. The interesting use of ark windows provides snapshots into shipboard life, including some animals' penchant for gnawing or pecking at the frames. Even the changeable patterns of the sun and rays catch viewers' attention. The afterword offers a brief history of felt-making. A good choice for storytime sharing before a romp in the snow.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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This version of the Noah's Ark story creatively expands the basic structure, seeking to explain how Noah discovered the process of making wool felt from his sheep. (The close quarters, rocking of the boat and the humid environment caused the sheep's wool to turn to felt.) Noah, who is credited with the discovery of several important tools as well as directing the building of the Ark, uses this process to create felt clothing for his family to wear after the Ark returns to dry land. Illustrations in mixed-media using pencil, gouache, acrylics and collage show Noah and the animals through the windows of the Ark, surrounded by soft-focus turquoise seas. Notes from the author include information about the history of felt as well as recommended titles on felt-making. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618329502
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Lise Lunge-Larsen is an award-winning author and a professional storyteller. Born and raised in Norway, she lives with her family in the hills of Duluth, Minnesota.

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