K-Gr 3-In Exodus, Auld continues the story she began in Moses in the Bulrushes (Watts, 1999). She chronicles the dramatic events from the arrival of Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh through the Israelites' escape through the Red Sea. Because it concentrates on one section of Moses's life, it will be more accessible to young readers than sweeping sagas such as Miriam Chaikin's Exodus (1987) or Leonard Everett Fisher's Moses (1995, both Holiday). In Noah's Ark, the author retells the Genesis story from the time God decides to send a great flood through his promise never again to destroy all life by that means. Mayo does not shy away from the darker aspects of the stories such as depicting people and animals sinking helplessly to their deaths as the ark floats high above. The illustrations are uncluttered and effective. Abundant white space and large type add to the clean format. However, one jarring visual note for readers who look at these titles together is that Moses and Noah appear almost identical. Nonetheless, Auld has a real knack for simplifying the narratives while preserving the majestic feel of the original stories. Whether or not such an asset justifies purchasing another Noah story will depend on user demands for current versions. The books end with several pages of background information, a map, glossary, and discussion questions.- Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.