Tara's Flight

Tara's Flight

by Ruth Eitzen, Allan Eitzen
     
 

A message of peace—the most welcome news of all. Tara is a dove. Before the flood, she brought messages back and forth between Noah and his family. Now she is confined to the small loft that Noah's grandson has built under the roof of the ark. For forty days and nights, Tara sits patiently in her loft, while outside thunder booms and rain pours down. One day

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A message of peace—the most welcome news of all. Tara is a dove. Before the flood, she brought messages back and forth between Noah and his family. Now she is confined to the small loft that Noah's grandson has built under the roof of the ark. For forty days and nights, Tara sits patiently in her loft, while outside thunder booms and rain pours down. One day Noah's grandson comes with a basket to take Tara to the deck of the arc. It's time for her to be a messenger bird again. If Tara returns to the arc, it will mean that Noah's house is still under water. If Tara doesn't return, it means she is waiting at home for the return of Noah and his family. Ruth Eitzen's gentle retelling of Noah, with endearing illustrations by Allan Eitzen, is perfect for young children.

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Children's Literature
Noah’s grandson, Aram, and his pet dove, Tara, board the ark with all the other creatures. It is Aram’s job to feed all the birds as the storm clouds gather and the waters rise. When the sun finally comes out again, the ark lands on Mount Ararat, and with a beautiful rainbow, God promises no more floods. Tara is sent off to their old home, but she finds no place to land. After a week, she flies away and returns with an olive twig. A week later, she does not come back, meaning the land is ready for their return. Tara continues to be a messenger bird, also becoming a hopeful symbol of peace. Mixed media, mostly collage, tell the low-key story. Although Eitzen gives us a couple of double-page, gray scenes of the rains, he fills many pages with masses of colorful naturalistic birds of all kinds. The basic Bible plot is set within the attractive adventure of Aram and Tara. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- While Noah builds the ark, his grandson Aram plays with his dove, Tara. After the animals board, Aram cares for all the birds during the storm. Because the ark has little flying room, Tara spends most of the time in her loft. However, after the rainbow appears, Noah sends her in search of dry land. After several trips, she returns with an olive twig showing that trees have emerged from the water. As Noah's family scatters in search of new homes, Tara acts as a messenger so they can keep in touch. The mixed-media illustrations of the birds are particularly striking, depicting their activities inside the ark and their departure in a vibrant panorama with a "mighty whirring of wings." A final spread of joyful children running beneath a huge dove banner ties the story to the enduring symbol for peace. That connection is even more explicit in Isaac Bashevis Singer's Why Noah Chose the Dove (Farrar, 1974), illustrated by Eric Carle. For a granddaughter's perspective, consider Jan Brett's On Noah's Ark (Putnam, 2003), in which the girl's dove appears in numerous illustrations. Although not an essential purchase, Eitzen's version is a pleasant, straightforward variation of an oft-told tale.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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ISBN-13:
9781590785638
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 9 Years

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