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Brought to life by Jack E. Davis?s uproarious illustrations, this witty and heartwarming alphabetical play on the Noah?s ark tale makes for the perfect rainy-day read-aloud.
For the first few days after they board the ark to escape the heavy rain, the animals enjoy the novelty of the voyage. However, as weeks pass, tempers start to flare, and an alphabetic litany of animals and their grievances begins. Camels complain, kangaroos kick, yaks yell, and the rest of the passengers contribute to the miserable atmosphere. Finally, Noah calls a halt to the uproar with a resounding shout to remind the creatures that they have to get along on a crowded boat. The next pass through the alphabet is much more congenial. Iguanas invite jaguars to jam. Quails quote rhymes with rabbits at a penguin party. In short, spirits improve considerably. Davis's hilarious illustrations of the facial expressions and actions of the various animals add to the liveliness and humor. Lots of interactions occur simultaneously, giving readers much to explore visually. Aside from the basic premise of Noah and a huge assortment of animals, there's little relation to the familiar Bible tale. Shapiro has crafted a humorous alphabet story with an underlying message of cooperation-a winning combination.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Posted March 16, 2009
This is a wonderful book with an important lesson about cooperation. We loved this book and gave it to our young niece, and she loves it too. It also is very helpful in teaching little kids the alphabet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.