Tara's Flightby Ruth Eitzen, Allan Eitzen
A message of peacethe 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
A message of peacethe 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.
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, MankatoCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Ruth Eitzen is the author of The White Feather, illustrated by her husband, Allan Eitzen, and Ti Jacques: A Story of Haiti. A lifelong peace activist who worked through the Bally mennonite Church of
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