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Awarded the 2002 Honor Title in the Stories for Young Listeners Category by Storytelling World Award.

None of the animals want the termites to come aboard Noah's Ark. After all, termites eat arks. But when the rain starts pouring and the animals start slipping helter skelter across the Ark, the termites use their wood munching abilities to save the day. The entire book is done in rhyme.

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Overview

Awarded the 2002 Honor Title in the Stories for Young Listeners Category by Storytelling World Award.

None of the animals want the termites to come aboard Noah's Ark. After all, termites eat arks. But when the rain starts pouring and the animals start slipping helter skelter across the Ark, the termites use their wood munching abilities to save the day. The entire book is done in rhyme.

Children will have a wonderful time listening to the easy-to-remember rhymes that comprise this story. This is a Noah's Ark story with a twist that has wide appeal. Children learn basic moral qualities such as: not to be judgmental, the importance of working to help others, and how to say "I'm sorry". This is the second in the Littlest series.

About the Author
Sylvia Rouss is an author and educator who has taught preschool in Jewish Community Centers and Synagogues in Los Angeles and Baltimore since 1973. She was awarded the Samuel Glasner Creative Teaching Award in 1989 from the Baltimore Board of Jewish Education. She continues to write for the preschoolers in her classroom and finds they are her best critics.

Raised in Southern California, Sylvia received her Bachelors Degree from California State University, Fresno. Her first book, "Fun With Jewish Holiday Rhymes", was published by UAHC Press in 1992. Three rhymes from this book were also included in the book "Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah" published by Bantam Press. In 1993, her second book, "Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah", was published by KAR-BAN COPIES INC. Because of the book's popularity, Sylvia was asked to write other Sammy Spider holiday books. There are currently six books in the series, including "Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah", "Sammy Spider's First Shabbat", "Sammy Spider's First Tu B'Shevat", "Sammy Spider's First Purim" and "Sammy Spider's First Passover". Sylvia has written a seventh book for the series, "Sammy Spider's First Trip to Israel", which KAR-BEN hopes to publish next year. "The Littlest Frog" is her first book for Pitspopany Press.

Sylvia has done book readings and parent/teacher workshops throughout the country. Currently, she is scheduled to read "The Littlest Frog" at two Los Angeles museums, The Zimmer Children's Discovery Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center this spring.

Sylvia has been happily married for 27 years and is very proud of her 3 adult children - a teacher, a magazine editor, and a college student in Israel.

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Editorial Reviews

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PreS-Gr 1-Rouss and Hannon offer a new take on the story of Noah's Ark, telling it from the point of view of a pair of termites. Because none of the other animals wants them aboard, the inclusion of the insects teaches a lesson about respecting differences. However, even when they are roaring, mooing, squawking, howling, and screeching to the tune of "Whooo invited you two?," the animals look amiable. And they prove to be so when the termites use their special skills to produce enough sawdust to keep them from sliding about on the ark's slippery decks. Wise Noah sums it all up when he admonishes, "So let's put an end to any more hurtful chatter,/We're all God's creatures and to God, we all matter." Rouss's storytelling talents are insufficient to overcome a flagrantly didactic message that distorts the meaning of the biblical account of Noah and a premise that assumes that preschoolers will know why termites would be unwelcome on a wooden vessel. The boldly colored, full-spread illustrations are humorous, and the rhyme bounces right along, but neither can redeem the heavy-handed story. Many better picture-book versions of the Noah story are available. This one misses the boat.-Linda R. Silver, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930143173
  • Publisher: Simcha Media Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Littlest Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Sylvia Rouss is my favorite author because she is a teacher!

    My name is Elizabeth, and I go to Kindergarden. I wrote this book report for school. My favorite author is Sylvia Rouss because she is a teacher, & she wrote The Littlest Pair. The setting in on Noah's Ark, and the characters are Noah, two termites, and the other animals. There was a flood in the world, and all the animals hated the termites until the termites helped them. The book makes you realize that everybody is important, and my favorite part is when Noah said, 'To God, we all matter!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2002

    Cute and Imaginative Interpretation of the Story of Noah

    My children ejoyed the book. The pictures made the story of the unpopular termites come alive, and they were so happy the termites saved the ark. They identified and rooted for the Littlest animals on the ark. It added meaning to the often told bible story. I recommend it for everyone with small children.

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