The familiar children's song about Noah and his ark is reinterpreted in true folk song tradition by changing the words to suit the author's purposes. Her animals go in one by one, two by two, three by three, and so on up to ten by ten, transforming the lyrics into a charming counting book featuring kangaroos, llamas, polar bears, aardvarks, and other interesting species. Each large numeral is placed in the upper left corner of the double-page spreads, and the creatures to be counted are clearly differentiated. The flat, decorative artwork is collage, painted and textured with a variety of materials and filled with brilliant colors and lively action. The musical score is included. 2002, Little Brown,
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PreS-K-Paley offers a counting book based on a familiar tune about Noah and the ark. She places the musical score before the story begins and encourages readers to sing along. Although the text roughly follows the familiar narrative, the emphasis is on the creatures boarding the vessel in groups from 1 to 10 before the storm begins. Colorful collages and large animals encourage even the youngest counters to come along for the ride. Flat planes and cutout shapes bring to mind a quilt pattern, particularly in the final scene of disembarkation. These illustrations differ greatly from Ed Emberley's woodcuts in Barbara Emberley's version of One Wide River to Cross (Prentice-Hall, 1966; o.p.). This new rendition will be welcomed by the storytime set eager to help Noah count his passengers.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
This traditional spiritual is the basis of a new counting book with bright, happy collages of animals entering Noah's ark. They swing along with a bright blue sky and green grass dotted with flowers as the background. Noah begins the song with the building of a long, gray ark and at the end of the verses is seen drawing up the gangplank with all of the groups of animals represented at the ark windows. He is not seen as the animals enter the ark, the better for small fingers to count each animal, from the elephant chewing a honey bun to the ten hens, the last of which says, "We're the last ones in!" The groups of animals, kangaroos, polar bears, bulls, llamas, monkeys, flamingoes, aardvarks, turtles, and hens are each given a double spread with the verse in the upper-left-hand corner. The numeral appears before the verse, but the numbers for four and five are barely discernible against the blue sky. The entire text, including that on the jacket, rolls up and down, giving the feeling of a wave. The collage includes handpainted papers using watercolor and crayon giving details and texture to the art. The introduction asks the reader-"Can you count the animals as they come? You may notice that the animals aren't boarding in pairs! Count and sing along with Noah and the animals-you can even try to make up your own words as you go!" The refrain with the music appears at the front with encouragement to repeat the chorus after each verse. The verses and the animals are completely adapted and, at times, are forced, as in "So then the voyage did begin . . ." and "For forty days and nights they sat . . . Till they finally landed on Ararat." This song will be thoroughly enjoyed by very youngchildren, with parents or caregivers joining in. Its graphics and design are clear and joyous, and lends itself to a group reading. (Picture book. 2-5)