Author: Peter Spier
Illustrator: Peter Spier
Word Count: 15 + a poem (174)
This story is perfect for ages: 2-4, 4-6, 6+
Straight from Aunty LuLav
Do you have a child who likes to sit and study and ponder? Do you have a child who enjoys searching out the fine details? Here is a book that will satisfy.
OH – the HUMOR of Spier’s retelling of Noah’s Ark in illustration. No words are necessary because the whimsical illustrations speak volumes. From the calling of Noah, to the building of the ark, the gathering of animals, the storm, the flood, and the olive branch delivery, a child can “see” the story unfold. Genesis chapters 6-8
Communal living can be difficult; try it with bees and elephants and alligators. Many mouths to feed, many stalls to clean, babies are born, and the ark begins to fill. My favorite illustration is the owls in the night. Page 26.
A special treat, Spier includes an ancient Dutch poem called “The Flood” by Jacobus Revius. I have not checked, but I wonder if all the animals listed in the poem can be found in Spier’s illustrations? Let me know.
It is no wonder that this book was a Caldecott and National Book Award winner! I recommend this wonderful book wholeheartedly.
The End of the Matter5/5 waves
YES, YES!! This is an “Aunty Lulav FAVORITE!”
Wave that Lulav and your Olive Branch!!!