Book Review: Noah’s Ark

Rating: ★★★★★

This is a faithful interpretation of the biblical story, rendered in breathtaking watercolor paintings which earned this book a Caldecott Honor in 2003.  If I were forced to choose one version of the story, I would probably choose Peter Spier’s, but Pinkney provides an original, memorable perspective, allowing the youngest readers to experience the dramatic grandeur of this story.  I especially appreciate a striking images of whales, sharks and fish swimming through the submerged human cities.

The text does take a few artistic liberties — there is greater emphasis on humanity’s failure to steward the planet than our failure to live a life pleasing to God — but this is a rather minor matter, and the great strength of this book is its masterful artwork.  An outstanding addition to any child’s library.

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Publication Information: Pinkney, Jerry. Noah's Ark. SeaStar Books. 2002. ISBN: 1587172011.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 04-08, Caldecott Honor
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Posted on April 19, 2010

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