Biblical Stories for Children:

Noah and the Ark


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Why Noah Chose the Dove

by Isaac Bashevis Singer,
Eric Carle (Illustrator),
The animals noisily compete for their places on the Ark in this richly illustrated version of the biblical story. "This great storyteller has put a new and mildly moral twist on the story of Noah's Ark, and Eric Carle does not disappoint. His cut-out portraits of the animals are colorful and vigorous."--The Boston Globe. An IRA-CBC Children's Choice. Full-color illustrations throughout.


In this unique twist on the Noah's Ark story, the animals hear a rumor that Noah will only take the best animals onto the ark with them. In response, the animals each praise their own virtues and often belittle the virtues of the other animals. Only the dove remains modest and therefore is given a special job by Noah. Eric Carle's cutout drawings are beautifully done and simple enough to draw a child's attention. The different comments by each animal makes for a wonderful read-aloud story. The moral of the story makes for a great post-reading discussion. An excellent book!

Lori's Description

Noah's Ark

By Peter Spier
Awards:
  • A 1978 Caldecott Medal Book
  • The American Book Award
  • An ALA Notable Children's Book
  • A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year (1977)
  • International Board on Books for Young People Honor List.

    The bee and the fox, the sheep and the ox--two of each kind trudged aboard Noah's famous vessel. Peter Spier uses his own translation of a seventeenth-century Dutch poem about this most famous menagerie.

    Description from Publisher


    This wordless book narrates the story of Noah's Ark from the time the animals loaded onto the boat until they all disembarked leaving a huge mess. The illustrations show the emotions (and exhaustion) that Noah and his family must have felt while riding on the ship. Children will delight in pointing out new details each time they read the book. An excellent choice for preschoolers and early elementary school children.

    Lori's Description

Noah's Ark

(Caldecott Honor Book, 2003)

By Jerry Pinkney
For 40 days and 40 nights rain poured from the heavens, enveloping the world. Only Noah had been warned by G-d of the great flood-and only Noah could save life on earth. This powerful story of salvation has fascinated people of all ages for centuries. Now, four-time Caldecott Honor-ricipient Jerry Pinkney captures all the courage, drama, and beauty of this ancient parable in rich, glorious paintings. Full of sensitive detail and emotion, his art brings new life and meaning to an important message of peace. This elegant edition of Noah's Ark promises to give readers strength and hope for many years to come.

Description from Publisher

Pinkney, at his grandest, matches a poetically phrased text-the Ark "rose over their heads. It rose over the treetops. The strong wooden beams embraced the clouds"-with sweeping spreads of dappled paintings that capture brilliantly the hugeness of the Ark a-building, the wonder of so many creatures gathering peaceably to crowd aboard, and the closing glory of a planet festooned with rainbows as signs of G-d's promise to the Charlton Heston-like Noah. Of the making of Noahs there seems to be no end, but while other recent versions of the tale put Noah's family on center stage, or feature realistically depicted animals or humorous touches, this brings out the vast scale of the flood: "The water rose over cities and towns. Whales swam down ruined streets. Schools of fish darted through empty windows." But turn the page and there inside "everyone was safe." Filling his pages with lovely earth tones, Pinkney's occasional use of color stands out all the more: a baboon's multicolored nose, a bright blue robe, a bright red apple, or a bird's brilliant plumage. And then there's all that water. A glorious choice for reading aloud.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

Noah's Ark

By Chris Rothero
The story of Noah's Ark from the Bible, using simple words and colorful pictures that portray the characters and items from the story.

The first in a remarkable "Read Along" series that lets parent and child read together. The brought colorful pictures and simple reading format are designed to help the child interact with the story. As you read the story text you will come to a picture. Let your child SEE the picture and SAY outloud the word the picture represents. Your child will anxiously await each picture as you both read the story together.

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Also in the same series, " Moses in the Bulrushes

Noah and the Ziz

By Jacqueline Jules
The Ziz, the clumsy, giant king of the birds from Jewish folklore, wants to help Noah gather all the animals of the world before the great flood as fast as he can. He soon learns that despite his important job, he also needs to be careful if he wants to be helpful.

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In this variation of the Noah's Ark story, Noah has only a week to go before the flood and still has to gather all the animals. God enlists the aid of the Ziz (a large, brightly colored, mythical bird) to assist Noah. The Ziz takes his task quite seriously, perhaps too seriously. He tries to get his job done quickly, so he scoops up the large animals and drops them off at the Ark, Noah implores him to be careful with the animals, but the Ziz is too focused on getting the animals to the Ark to pay attention. When the Ziz begins to go after the smaller animals, however, he finds that his less-than-gentle methods will no longer suffice. He finally realizes that he must be a bit more tender and careful if he wants to get them all onto the Ark. Fans of The Hardest Word will be thrilled to read of more adventures of the Ziz. The illustations are bright and extremely busy. Children will relate to the Ziz's reluctance to take Noah's "careful" advice. A good choice for readers interested in a different twist on an old story.

Lori's Description

A Stowaway on Noah's Ark

By Charles Santore
Achbar the mouse hears a kindly old man tell the animals of the world that there will be a great flood, and that he has built an ark big enough for two of each kind of animal to ride out the storm. But by the time Achbar works his way through the tangle of paws and hooves, two other mice have already been selected. Achbar is terrified and does not want to be left behind! His survival instincts tell him to stow away. But will he be discovered by the old man--and will they ever see dry land again?

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The Story of Naamah, Noah's Wife

By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
When God tells Noah to bring the animals of the world onto the ark, God also calls on Naamah, Noah's wife, to save each plant on Earth.

Entrusted with this task, Naamah sets off to every corner of the world, discovering a fabulous array of growing things, and gathering seeds, bulbs, cuttings, spores, and roots. She fills a room on the ark with every type of plant—from amaryllis, soybeans, and wheat to lilies, moss, and even dandelions. Then, after 40 long days and nights on the ark, the most important part of Naamah's work begins.

In this new story, based on an ancient text, Naamah's wisdom and love for the natural harmony of the earth inspires us to use our own courage, creativity, and faith to carry out Naamah's work today.

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Inside Noah's Ark

(Board Book)

By Charles Reasoner
Die-cut in the shape of Noah's Ark, this thick, big-trim board book gives kids a fantastical inside view of a bustling, floating menagerie. Make your way through one level of this jam-packed boat after another, with die-cut doors and windows allowing for a peek ahead and behind. With a simple rhyming text and eye-catching artwork, there will be no doubt why Noah's Ark is every kid's favorite Bible story.

Description from Publisher


This board book uses short rhymes to tell the story of Noah's ark in a way that will easily hold the attention of any toddler or preschooler. What the author saves in text, he more than adds to in the hilarious, wonderfully detailed illustrations showing what one can imagine life on Noah's ark was really like. Each page includes several cutouts to "preview" what will happen on the next page. An excellent book for reading aloud together.

Lori's Description

Hold the Boat!

By Jeremiah Gamble
Combine the tale of Noah's Ark from the book of Genesis with the wit and rhyme of Dr. Seuss and you get Hold the Boat!, a humorous picture book from Bethany Backyard. As a parent or grandparent, you'll love reading this to your young one and will enjoy the whimsical retelling of a story you've known for years. Discussion starters are included at the end for you to explain and explore the lesson of the story with your son, daughter, or grandchild. You need not be young just young at heart to fall for the delightful poetry of Hold the Boat!, and the vibrant, zany watercolors of artist Joy Allen.

Hold the Boat! effectively brings to life the message that G-d offers forgiveness to anyone who believes through a humorous "what if" retelling of an Old Testament favorite. Following the antics of a little boy who hears Noah's warning about the flood and believes, the book is about his search to find a way onto the boat. Unsure that the message is meant for his ears, he thinks sneaking on as an animal might be the best idea.

Disguising himself as different animals everything from a porcupine to a giraffe leads to some very silly results, especially when Noah catches him in the act! Hold the Boat! offers a fresh look ithat will have a lasting, laughing effect on kids of all ages.

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Noah's Ark

(Step into Reading Books Series)

By Linda Hayward
"Here come the animals, Two by two! Open the door and let them through." Linda Hayward's delightfully read-aloudable rhyme takes toddlers through the most popular of the Old Testament tales, from the building of the Ark through the appearance of the rainbow. Full color throughout.

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Mr. and Mrs. Noah

By Lois Lenski
Mr. and Mrs. Noah are told to build an ark. Together with their three sons -- Shem, Ham, and Japheth -- the family gathers two of each animal and saves them from the coming flood. Lois Lenski lends her unique voice and visual style to the classic Bible story, turning it into a fun family story that the youngest initiates of Noah’s Ark will enjoy.

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The Littlest Pair

By Sylvia Rouss

Awards:
  • 2002 Storytelling World Honor Award
  • 2002 National Jewish Book Award (Children’s Picture Book category)


The Littlest Pair is no ordinary Noah’s Ark story. When a pair of termites line up to board Noah’s Ark, the animals are aghast. After all, termites eat wood, and the Ark is made out of wood, so….“Termites Eat Arks!” the animals exclaim. But young children soon learn that pre-judging people (or animals) is the wrong approach to life. For when the rain starts pouring and the animals start slipping and sliding across the Ark, the termites use their wood-munching abilities to save the day.

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The Animals and the Ark

By Karla Kuskin
Mutiny on the Ark!

When Noah builds the Ark, he never anticipates that the animals might get just a bit restless after forty days and forty nights....But just as the monkeys are squealing, the tiny animals are growing tearful, the tigers are getting bad-tempered, and Noah is fearing a mutiny of Biblical proportions, the sun breaks through!

A delightfully raucous look at the Noah's Ark story, from the animals' point of view, told with relish by children's poet extraordinaire, Karla Kuskin.

Description from Publisher

Originally published in 1957, Kuskin's (Roar and More) energetic ode to the Flood receives equally upbeat, playful treatment in Grejniec's (Albert's Nap) watercolors. In the opening lines, Noah mysteriously divines the coming rainstorm (with no mention of G-d): "He said, `I think it's going to pour./ It's going to rain and rain some more./ The sun will dim,/ the day turn dark,/ with all that rain/ I'll need an Ark.' " The poet's rhythm and rhyme unfold with deceptive ease, yet she varies the schemes to create a sense of urgency or to pause for a laugh for instance, she describes the cargo area of the vessel: "with room inside/ for the fowl of the air/ for the mole from his hole/ and the lynx from his lair/ for rats/ and cats/ and calves and cows/ for rams and lambs/ and snakes/ and sows." Grejniec exploits the syncopation and the humor with a spread of the named animals; silhouetted as white space within its own bold block of color, each animal is simultaneously present and absent. The artist's signature technique of greatly magnifying his compositions highlights the texture of the paper, adding to the visual intrigue. As the Ark nearly disappears within the torrents of rain, Kuskin lessens the danger by depicting the animals as very much like children: they "ate and slept and played inside/ at `Hide-and-Seek' and `Make a Nice Motion'/ while the whole wide world was covered with ocean." This cheerful tale closes not with an olive branch, but with the sun breaking through the clouds. By focusing on the experience of the animals rather than theology, author and artist provide an unusually friendly entree to the story of the Ark.

Description from Publishers Weekly

The familiar Bible story of Noah and the Ark is given a fresh and bouncy approach in Kuskin's rhythmic poem. The focus is on the animals as they arrive at the ark, stay through the rain and return home. From where they came ("They came from the sands./ They came from the skies,/ with growling and prowling/ and animal cries") to how they arrived ("They crept/ and flew,/ they skipped/ and hopped/ and when they/ got to the ark/ they stopped") readers will sense the tumultuous event. Kuskin's words trip off the tongue, and readers and listeners will enjoy the alliterations. They will ponder what it must have been like when everyone became bored. Bold and vibrant, the illustrations, done appropriately in watercolor, vary in their perspectives and augment the text. The typeface (Kentuckfried) flows with the child-like drawings and leads to a well-integrated piece of bookmaking. The two foldout pages may present a difficulty for library circulation but are pure delight for the reader.

Description from Children's Literature

With vibrant, large-scale watercolors on rough-textured paper, Grejniec (From Anne to Zach) adds new zip to bouncy stanzas first published in 1958 with the now-veteran Kuskin's own illustrations. Having worked frantically to finish the ark before the rain arrives, Noah and family invite aboard "every single kind of beast / from moose to goose / from most to least." But after long, boring days at sea, the animals grow understandably fretful. The bright color scheme changes with every turn of the page, and so does the presentation of the text; deftly incorporated into each scene, lines run in long ripples from top to bottom or break into short bits to be tucked in wherever they fit-but never at the expense of legibility or smooth, natural reading. The on-board turmoil climaxes in a double fold-out: "when the fighting and crying were awful and fearful and all the small animals seemed to be tearful, / when Noah was helpless and so was his crew, / At Precisely THAT MOMENT / the sun broke through!" And that, Kuskin concludes, "is the end of the poem. / They all got up and they all went home." Despite the plethora of picture-story Noahs, this should make a big splash.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

Picture Me on Noah's Ark

By Dandi
From the first drop of rain to the final rainbow, your child is on the ark, sharing the adventure with Noah. When you put your child's photo inside the back cover, he or she appears on every page.

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Noah's Bed

By Lis and Jim Coplestone
It's stormy and scary outside the ark. Little Eber is too frightened by the thunder and lightning to go to sleep, so he climbs into Grandpa Noah and Grandma Nora's cozy bed. But why is Eber's hair so tickly, and his toenails so scratchy, and his nose so snuffly? Who exactly is in Noah's bed? The animal imagery is charming, while the visually humorous artwork and imaginative text feature lots of surprises and are highly accessible to children.

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With the ark finished and the animals loaded, Grandpa Noah and Grandma Nora are ready for a good night's rest. However, Noah promises his young grandson that he can join them in bed if the storm frightens him. Lightning and thunder wake some animals as well as Eber, who creeps through the dark to his grandparents' room. Before long, Noah and Nora are wondering why the boy's toenails are so scratchy and his hair so tickly. Children will recognize the claws, feathers, and other parts of the creatures that sneak under the quilts and disturb the adults' rest. When Noah finally lights the lamp, he finds Eber sleeping peacefully in their bed along with numerous animals. The colorful cartoon illustrations reinforce the story's light tone and are large enough for group sharing. Pair this variation of the story with Jan Brett's On Noah's Ark (Putnam, 2003), another tale about a grandchild's involvement with the ark.

Description from School Library Journal

On Noah's Ark

By Jan Brett
Jan Brett's intricate illustrations against a beautiful papyrus background make a stunning picture book of a favorite story-this time featuring Noah's granddaughter. As the floodwaters rise, she helps take the animals onto the ark and get them settled down. But it's not easy when giraffes are sleeping next to pandas and lions are curled up with turkeys. Finally the gentle rocking of the ark lulls them all to sleep until the waters recede and Grandpa Noah, his family, and all the animals leave the ark. This simple telling, combined with extraordinary illustrations of every animal imaginable, makes On Noah's Ark perfect for young and old.

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Brett presents the biblical story from the perspective of Noah's granddaughter. The child watches the construction of the ark and the arrival of its passengers. Once they are on board and the rain falls, she untangles the crowded beasts so that they can all sleep peacefully. When the storm ends, Grandpa Noah releases her pet dove to search for land. After the creatures disembark, she helps him plant a seed to start life anew. This familiar story serves as a vehicle for Brett's watercolor-and-gouache panoramas of animals, birds, and insects from all corners of the Earth. Even the dodo appears. Each spread features a large scene surrounded by a papyrus border. Smaller pictures that relate to the central image are presented in animal-shaped frames to the left and right. Close-up views of insects appear near the corner of some pages and the dove also has a spot in many illustrations. Such details add to the book's interest for older children, who can find something new to explore during repeat readings. Brett's fans will recognize her artistic style, and where her work is popular, this book is a "must purchase." Other librarians may want to assess demand for Noah stories versus the number of titles in the collection, including Jerry Pinkney's Noah's Ark (North-South, 2002). If there is room for one more interpretation, this one is worth considering.

Description from School Library Journal

The Ark

By Arthur Geisert
If Noah had been an artist, he might have left us these plans for the building of the ark. With panoramic elevations and gloriously detailed cross sections, we can see how every arrangement is made for the accommodation of the pairs of animals. As the sky darkens and the rains fall, Noah and his family are busied with the care and feeding of all their passengers.

Description from Publisher

The Biblical tale of Noah and the Ark has been illustrated numerous times, but Geisert (who created Pigs from A to Z ) presents an outstanding edition with beautifully detailed etchings. The illustrations open with Noah and his sons laying the keel in the desert in front of their home. As the book progresses, the ark begins to take shape, the animals arrive, the wives prepare for the journey and the clouds begin to gather. The intricate pictures of geometric spaces carved out by thin ink lines are optically dazzling; Geisert's attention to numerous points and details within the etchings provides additional depth and dimension to the spare, fluid telling. All ages.

Description from Publishers Weekly

After the Flood

By Arthur Geisert
After the Flood, the ark is simply too small, harmonious though it is. Geisert offers an imaginative solution to the problem, as the entourage of animals and people moves to a sheltered valley, transforms the ark into a house, and sets about creating a new world. The minimalist statements are extended in marvelously intricate, sensitively rendered, full-color etchings

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Noah's Ark

(Reader's Digest Association)
(Board Book)

By Joshua Morris
Set sail in Noah's Ark -- a stand-up book that's also a toy ark! Noah's Ark teaches children to trust in G-d, and its peek-through windows and chunky shape provide hours of playtime fun.

Description from Publisher

This ark shaped board book is a great introduction to the classic Bible story for little fingers and young minds. The simple text is appropriate for the youngest children and the delightful animal illustrations are colorful and engaging. The interpretation touches on the basics of the story, which is appropriate for toddlers, but parents and teachers will want to introduce a more detailed version for the preschooler and older children.

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Noah & the Rainbow

By Shoshana Lepon
This enchanting book blends the charming and zany rhymes of Shoshana Lepon with the sparkling and witty illustrations of Aaron Friedman to provide young children with a delightful reading experience. Based on traditional sources, Shoshana Lepon weaves the story of the good and righteous man Noah and his family--his wife, his sons, Shem, Ham, and Yafet, and their wives -- as they prepare for the flood that will destroy the world. On board the ark, the animals prove to be a handful. The camels are too cold and the penguins are too hot. The owls want to sleep all day and play all night. The buffalo is fighting off hugs from the boa constrictor. How Noah deals with all the problems will amuse, captivate and educate readers of all ages. Join Noah & his family on a voyage that your kids will want to take again and again.

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Sticker Stories:
Noah's Ark

By Julie Lacome
Beautiful cut-paper artwork recreates the ever popular story of Noah's ark with 80 stickers of animals from the sea, the jungle, and the Arctic that kids can place in their proper habitats before boarding them on the ark.

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Come Aboard Noah's Ark

(Board Book)

By Deborah Chancellor
Sit down two by two and share this great story. The story of Noah's Ark is given an appealing new treatment in this oversized shaped board book. Charming rhyming text makes this book the perfect introduction to a favorite story from the Bible. A lost sheep is hidden in each picture to add a "hide-and-seek" element to every storytelling session

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A Stormy Ride on Noah's Ark

By Patricia Hooper
Did you ever wonder how the animals in Noah's ark got along? With such a menagerie on board, there are flashing teeth and glowing eyes, creeping creatures with claws and wings! "Who can sleep?" says the goat. "No goat can sleep if he must share a ship with panther, tiger, and bear!" The rabbit agrees, and so do the wren and rat. "None of us will sleep a wink!" But when the howling wind begins to blast, the big creatures with sharp teeth and claws are terrified. It takes the meekest creatures of all-the sparrow, mouse and spider-to comfort the mightiest. Hilarious pictures combine with elegant verse to tell a Noah's ark tale like you've never heard before.

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One More River:
A Noah's Ark Counting Book

By Joan Paley
Old Noah built a great big Ark, There's one more river to cross, He patched it up with hickory bark, There's one more river to cross.

So begins this well-loved song that follows the animals' journey into Noah's ark. Count along with Noah as the animals march two by two and three by three into his giant ark. Joan Paley's stunning and dynamic collages perfectly illustrate this traditional song.

Description from Publisher

Paley, who created the beautiful collages in Walt Whippo's Little White Duck, offers another picture book based on a song. Here the spiritual of the title becomes a counting exercise, describing groups of animals as they board the Ark in appealing rhymed couplets. Young children will love repeating the song's refrain, which appears between each line, as they count along. But it's the vibrant collages in saturated colors, rich textures, and uncluttered shapes that will really draw their attention, with hot pink flamingos and turtles marching across spreads. An illustrator's note introduces this title, which will easily win over preschoolers getting a handle on their numbers.

Description from Booklist

Paley offers a counting book based on a familiar tune about Noah and the ark. She places the musical score before the story begins and encourages readers to sing along. Although the text roughly follows the familiar narrative, the emphasis is on the creatures boarding the vessel in groups from 1 to 10 before the storm begins. Colorful collages and large animals encourage even the youngest counters to come along for the ride. Flat planes and cutout shapes bring to mind a quilt pattern, particularly in the final scene of disembarkation. These illustrations differ greatly from Ed Emberley's woodcuts in Barbara Emberley's version of One Wide River to Cross. This new rendition will be welcomed by the storytime set eager to help Noah count his passengers.

Description from School Library Journal

This traditional spiritual is the basis of a new counting book with bright, happy collages of animals entering Noah's ark. They swing along with a bright blue sky and green grass dotted with flowers as the background. Noah begins the song with the building of a long, gray ark and at the end of the verses is seen drawing up the gangplank with all of the groups of animals represented at the ark windows. He is not seen as the animals enter the ark, the better for small fingers to count each animal, from the elephant chewing a honey bun to the ten hens, the last of which says, "We're the last ones in!" The groups of animals, kangaroos, polar bears, bulls, llamas, monkeys, flamingoes, aardvarks, turtles, and hens are each given a double spread with the verse in the upper-left-hand corner. The numeral appears before the verse, but the numbers for four and five are barely discernible against the blue sky. The entire text, including that on the jacket, rolls up and down, giving the feeling of a wave. The collage includes handpainted papers using watercolor and crayon giving details and texture to the art. The introduction asks the reader-"Can you count the animals as they come? You may notice that the animals aren't boarding in pairs! Count and sing along with Noah and the animals-you can even try to make up your own words as you go!" The refrain with the music appears at the front with encouragement to repeat the chorus after each verse. The verses and the animals are completely adapted and, at times, are forced, as in "So then the voyage did begin . . ." and "For forty days and nights they sat . . . Till they finally landed on Ararat." This song will be thoroughly enjoyed by very youngchildren, with parents or caregivers joining in. Its graphics and design are clear and joyous, and lends itself to a group reading.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

Noah's Ark

By Anne Wilson
Wilson launches another ark on a crowded picture-book sea. She employs no gimmicks, rhymes, or unusual perspectives. Instead, she uses simple, direct language to convey the story from Genesis. What makes this version fresh is the artwork. Its flat perspective, simple patterns, and vibrant colors draw and hold viewers' attention, and the careful design of the spreads will please storytime participants. Trying to find Noah's dog in many pictures will add to the enjoyment. This solid addition to the fleet is a good choice for libraries needing a new retelling of the oft-told tale.

Description from School Library Journal

The popular story of Noah's Ark is brought to life with fun paper-collage illustrations. For those who already love the memorable tale of Noah and his strong spirit and courage, as well as children being introduced to this amazing story for the first time, this version of Noah's Ark teaches children about the ultimate importance of love, kindness and world stewardship. This accessible retelling of Noah's Ark will draw readers into this timeless tale and is a wonderful addition to every child's bookshelf.

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Noah and the Incredible Flood

By Janis Hansen
Noah lived in a world that was bad, so G-d told him of a plan that He had. At first it seemed a little odd, but when the rain began to fall, Noah was safe--thanks to G-d. This package includes an illustrated storybook, interactive CD-ROM, dramatized audio cassette and fun activity book that all work together to communicate one of the Bible's most exciting stories to children.

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The Story of Noah and the Ark

By Michael McCarthy
Rhythmic four-line stanzas pace this engaging version of the familiar Bible story. Worked in colored pencil and watercolors, the soft-hued illustrations picture a well-ordered ark where birds roost up high, elephants settle on the middle deck, and giraffes find room to stretch their necks by the stairs. Dramatic views of the turbulent storm and of the ark cradled atop Ararat amid the endless sea are nicely balanced with more lighthearted scenes of Noah welcoming the animal couples and the seafarers' wide-eyed anticipation when the dove returns with branch in beak. A lively read-aloud for story time or one-on-one time.

Description from Booklist

This picture book features rhyming verses to tell Noah's story beginning with God's motivation for the flood and ending with the first rainbow. Some of the stanzas seem a bit forced, but overall, the rhymes make for an engaging readaloud story. Soft watercolor illustrations further engage children into the story. A sure hit for storytime.

Lori's Description

No, No, Noah!
(I'm Not Afraid)

By Dandi Daley MacKall
Monkey won't get on the ark! Like mot little ones, he thinks new places are scary. But Noah helps Monkey learn to trust God and - with a little prayer - this forty-day voyage turns into an adventure for all aboard.

Childhood fears feel real, whether they're based on actual or imaginary events. I'm Not Afraid is specifically created to help relieve anxiety about new places, big bullies, the dark, and getting lost; helping children feel safer in today's world.

Description from Publisher


A reluctant monkey helps teach children to not be afraid of new places. When Noah invites a monkey to come aboard his ark, the monkey is nervous about leaving his home behind. But when he goes aboard, he has so much fun watching and playing with the other animals. Finally, the monkey dances with Noah and swings on the new rainbow. This delightful picture book features a new view on the Noah's Ark story. The narrator will quickly engage readers by expressing fears they most likely feel themselves. The rhyming scheme will keep children bouncing along with our narrator. An excellent choice for reading aloud.

Lori's Description

The Stories of Noah and Joseph

By Dee Leone
Rebus-type picture stories begin each unit. Puzzle pages reinforce the stories and provide practice with colors, numbers, shapes & other imporatnt concepts. Also includes idea pages with songs, games, projects, and more.

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Noah's Ark

By Maria Grazia Boldorini

(Board Book)
Starting with its cover, each page of this entertaining little board book is die-cut in a different size and shape. When the book is closed, kids see parts of every page, picturing Noah’s ark completely built, and with all its animals aboard. Turning each vividly colored page cuts away sections of the ship, allowing boys and girls to see the hull being constructed, the parade of embarking animals, the animals in their separate compartments, and their return to dry land when the rains have ended. Here is a delightful introduction to a famous Bible story for pre-school kids.

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Noah's Ark

By Barbara Shook Hazen
This Little Golden Book tells the familiar story of Noah and the Ark. Bright, simple illustrations show Noah and his family preparing for the flood, living (and growing restless) on the ark, and finally departing for dry land. An excellent retelling of the classic Bible story, and as with all Little Golden Books, an economical choice as well.

Lori's Description

The Animals Went in Two by Two: A Noah's Ark Pop-Up Book

By Jan Pienkowski
To be published March 2003

Washday on Noah's Ark

By Glen Rounds
When the forty-first day on the ark dawns bright and clear, Mrs. Noah decides to do the wash, and having no rope long enough, devises an ingenious clothesline.

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Mrs. Noah has not been able to do laundry for forty days and nights. Now, on the first sunny day, she learns that Noah forgot to bring a clothesline. Mrs. Noah decides, ingeniously, to knot together all the snakes on board, making he strangest looking clothesline the world had seen.The illustrations exude Rounds's usual verve and humor.

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The Really Big Barn on Noah's Farm

By Darrell Wiskur
This book is different than any other book on the market. You can find countless numbers of children's books about Noah's ark, but none of them tell the end of the story.

After the flood, the Bible tells us that Noah's ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat and Noah planted a vineyard. What happened to the ark? What about all the animals? Well, we really don't know for sure, but author Darrell Wiskur has a few wonderful and imaginative ideas about it.

G-d, in His infinite wisdom not only gave Noah the plans for building a floating zoo, but also gave him the means to start all over again after the flood by using the materials from the ark. This creative children's book goes beyond the famous flood with an exciting story of new beginnings. The author/illustrator of Timothy Whale's Rainbow tells this story with his inimitable style and masterful illustrations.

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Noah's Ark Birthday Calendar

By Berthe Amoss
Children love to ask, How many more days till my birthday? Here is a wonderful activity to help them count down the 24 days before this important event. Behind each of the windows (numbered 1-24) on this picture playboard, the child will share Noah's adventures through the amusing illustrations and the rhyming couplets of the biblical classic, Noah's Ark. Of course, you can also open the windows and enjoy the story on your birthday or at any other time. The calendar measures 11 x 15 and has an easel back. It comes in a resealable poly bag.

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Noah's Ark

By Heinz Janisch
This unusual telling of a familiar story begins lyrically: "It came to pass in the days when giants strode the earth and were heroes among men, G-d saw that His people had grown wicked. They thought only of war and destruction. And G-d was angry." Beyond that, the text is negligible, a frame to showcase Zwerger's art. She finds whimsy in the suits, pillbox hats, and black umbrellas that adorn Noah and his family; in scenes of the animals that were left behind (among them, the satyr and the unicorn); and in the paintings of enormous fish swimming in and out of submerged houses. The watercolors effectively portray reflections of people and the ark mirrored in blue and silvery grey water. Elsewhere, Zwerger presents labeled plates of the pairs of animals, reminiscent of an Audubon notebook.

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Noah Makes a Boat

By Pippa Goodhart
When G-d tells Noah about the impending flood and orders him to build a boat, Noah protests that he doesn't know how. G-d tells him to ork it out,and so he does, with the help of grandson Little Noah. The art combines strong lines with rounded shapes to create pleasingly balanced, appropriately buoyant illustrations. A refreshing vision of the biblical story--with the emphasis on human ingenuity and intergenerational friendship.

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Noah's Ark:
Mini House Book

By Peter J. Lippman

(Board Book)
A colorful and imaginative take on the biblical tale of Noah and his ark, this three-dimensional sculptural board book takes you on board during that enormous flood. You'll get to know Lippman's winningly drawn animals who work together to make sure this ship is in top shape throughout the storm! The surprising pages are fun to look at and unfold, as the pictures and story awaken a young reader's imagination. Perfect for ages 1 and up.

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Do You NOAH Your ABC's?

By Elaine Rhein
Do You NOAH Your ABC's? is a creative, colorful entertaining rendition of the ever-fascinating story of Noah's Ark.It differs from other ABC books because each letter is uniquely fashioned into the shape of an animal. Written by a former elementary school teacher,each page is filled with visual cues for children to look for which help them to recognize, learn, and practice letter shapes and sounds. The text flows in a poetic cadence which invites repetition and repeated readings. It has a stimulating cover and durable, high gloss, colorful pages within. This paperback book is reinforced with saddle stitching which adds to its merits.

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Elaine Rhein has created a thoroughly charming ABC book for preschool and kindergarten children.

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Aardvarks, Disembark!

By Ann Jonas
Noah discovers many animals he does not recognize waiting to leave the ark. The book concludes with a list of the 132 species pictured and one line of information about each. Those now extinct or endangered are indicated. Realistic, accurate watercolors; an impressive, special book.

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Jonas begins her picture book at a point where most Noah's ark stories end. Once the dove returns with an olive branch, Noah begins the process of unloading the animals. Jonas accompanies Noah on his trip down the mountain past the disembarking animals. Past zebus and tuataras, past margays and aoudads, Noah joins the creatures ready to begin life on Earth again. Jonas' watercolor paintings are striking, introducing dozens of animals rarely seen in picture books. Page layout and design effectively enhance the feeling of descent since the pages open upward, creating a vertical orientation. As Noah proceeds through reverse alphabetical order, the animals increase in size, giving viewers the sensation of standing on the plain as the creatures approach. Adults called upon to read this book may tremble when faced with a daunting list of unfamiliar names to pronounce, but the guide to animals on the last page not only supplies pronunciation help but also provides a brief description of each animal. Growing attention to conservation and the increasingly popular concept of zoos and wildlife refuges as types of modern arks should extend this book's interest and usefulness to those well beyond preschool. As an alphabet book, an introduction to endangered species, and an example of impressive graphic design, Jonas' book brings new dimensions to the Noah story.

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Annie's Ark

By Lesley Harker
The timeless and treasured story of Noah's Ark is beautifully retold for young readers in this charming new twist on a classic tale. Told from the perspective of Annie, Noah's spunky granddaughter, this book invites readers to follow Annie through her day as she tends to the llamas and the lambs, helps Grandpa Noah, and waits in anticipation for the rain to pass. Luminous illustrations and a stunning, shiny rainbow on the final spread add an enchanting new element to this universal tale about family and faith.

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Though adapted from the same source, Harker's (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) journey on the ark is stylistically worlds away from Jerry Pinkney's. In this chipper version, young Annie scampers throughout the sailing vessel to tend to the animals, per the directions of "Grandaddy Noah" and other relatives. All the while, Annie hopes to find some peace and quiet amid the clatter and confusion on board. Annie's wish is closer to being granted as the rain finally ends and everyone dances for joy at the sight of the rainbow ("I knew it was a present... just for me!" Annie exults, not naming the donor of the "present"). The rainbow, like the raindrops on the jacket, is laminated; the shiny surfaces, along with the cheery watercolors of bright-eyed critters creating a rumpus and the sweet countenances of Annie and her family, are sure to prove inviting to very young readers.

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Noah's Trees

By Bijou Le Tord
Noah loved G-d
and G-d trusted him.

From the time they are tiny seedlings, Noah nurtures his trees, all the while imagining their future with his sons. "Japheth will make a flute out of the fruit trees. With his baby he'll watch the trees fill with birds." In the end, though, G-d has another purpose in mind.

In simple elegant verse and glowing watercolor illustrations, Bijou Le Tord breathes new life into an old tale. Noah's Trees is the moving story of a man's love for G-d, his children, his trees, and his world. To read it is to meet Noah for the first time.

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This simple book about environmental stewardship and renewal retains the spirit of the traditional Old Testament story. Noah lovingly plants and cares for trees that he intends as gifts for his sons. When G-d asks him to build an ark, however, Noah must use the trees for lumber. The hopeful ending has Noah boarding the ark with an armload of saplings. Le Tord's soft paintings are almost impressionistic in their depiction of a biblical world.

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Picture books about Noah's Ark abound, but few have the quiet beauty of Le Tord's (Sing a New Song: A Book of Psalms) portrait of a gentle, caring man who obeys G-d's commands without question or doubt. And few books convey so much with such simplicity: "Noah loved G-d and G-d trusted him," this text begins. Noah is happy planting and tending his "little trees" and imagining a future for his wife and three sons. But Noah does not hesitate when G-d announces his plan for a great flood and directs Noah to build an ark "out of your favorite trees." Just before the rain begins, Noah carries aboard little green saplings, a gesture of hope for beginning a new life in a new world. Le Tord omits mention of the Flood as a punishment for the wicked; her story is about Noah's relationship with God, and her Noah doesn't need to understand G-d's reasons. Her tender, gauzy-edged watercolors in fruity hues feature a sweetly smiling Noah, youthful in spite of his cottony white beard. In a crisp design, the simple, poetic text flows in centered paragraphs on each page. In a laudable departure from most books on the subject, Le Tord places the two-by-two parade of animals in the background, metaphorically and in her art, and underscores the deeper aspects of Noah's unshakable faith.

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Le Tord offers an unusual perspective on Noah's story. She makes him a gardener, carefully planting and tending dozens of trees. As they mature into a sheltering forest, he considers how his sons will use this heritage with their own families. Then God instructs Noah to build an ark using his favorite trees. Without question or complaint, Noah obeys. He makes sure that pairs of animals, plus a box of saplings, arrive onboard before the rains come. Although the details of this narrative do not appear in Genesis, Le Tord's version captures perfectly Noah's outstanding characteristic: his obedience to God's commands. The watercolor paintings exude a tone of gentleness, with earth tones evoking Noah's relationship with growing plants. A quiet gem that provides a fresh look at a familiar tale

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All Aboard Noah's Ark!

By Mary Josephs
Illustrated in full color. Lift the flaps to bring on the storm clouds, help Noah gather the animals, close up the Ark--and after 40 days and 40 nights, find a beautiful rainbow.

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Noah's Noisy Ark :
A Peek-A-Boo Flap Book

By Sue Kueggner
I read this book to my 10 month old son at least 10 times a day! He loves lifting the flaps and gets very excited every time I get it out to read. The words are short enough to keep his attention and it's in a cute rhyme as well. It's definitely a "must have" book!

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Noah's Ark

By Isabel Malkin
In 33 extra large pages, NanaBanana tells the classic tale of Noah and his Ark. This is Nanabanana's first book to feature a "Learning Page": the 33rd page in the book that asks questions to test the reader's comprehension of the story. Like all the others, this book is printed on art quality vellum so that young artist's can experiment with the coloring medium of their choice.

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Noah & the Big Boat
(Board Book)

By Alice Joyce Davidson
Colorfully illustrated with rhyming verse that children will understand and enjoy, the story of Noah reveals the caring nature of G-d. The simple type is specially designed for young readers.

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Make Your Own Noah's Ark With 23 Stickers (Dover Little Activity Books)

By Lynn Adams
Recreate a familiar biblical story with the help of an ark (shown on the inside covers) and charming sticker illustrations of Noah and his famous menagerie.

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Create Your Own Noah's Ark Sticker Picture: With 52 Reusable Stickers

By Jill Dubin
Create countless scenes for an old, old story simply by applying sticker illustrations to an 18 1/2' x 12 1/4' laminated illustration of the legendary vessel. There's Noah, his wife and a parade of whimsically rendered animals—two of each kind, of course. From bumblebees, butterflies and hippos, to turtles, tigers and pandas. 52 stickers.

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Noah’s Ark 3-D Model and Storybook

By Eric Johns
Pop-out Noah’s Ark model with its own stand, plus a vast menagerie of moveable animals that inhabit the Ark. Includes a 24-page full color Noah's Ark book.

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Easy-to-Make Noah’s Ark in Full Color

By A. G. Smith
Splendid 11"-long ark—complete with Noah and 22 animals (polar bears, crocodiles, ostriches, more)—all printed on both sides of heavy stock. Instructions.

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Noah's Ark Laser-Cut Plastic Stencils

By Celeste Plowden
This irresistible collection features 11 whimsical images of animals—a rhinoceros, ram, zebra, cow, giraffe, horse, elephant, and camel—and the ark itself, with a dove and the caption NOAH’S ARK. Laser-cut for sharpest detail and greatest durability, these stencil patterns come with easy instructions and are ideal for use in children’s rooms and classrooms.

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Hangin Around with Noah

By Joshua Burkhardt
Hangin Around with Noah is a polymer clay step -by-step, full color instructional book for all ages, but designed specifically for children.

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The Boat of Many Rooms :
The Story of Noah in Verse

By J. Patrick Lewis
Noah's Ark is probably the biblical story most retold in picture books. Does your library need another one? It's hard to say no when the offering is this attractive. Cartwright's oil paintings are the main draw, having a thickness and dimension that lend an air of substantiality to Noah and his family, both human and animal. But there's plenty of room in the pictures for fun as well, especially in the scenes that are crowded with animals. The poetry, at times, also captures the humor: "Mr. and Mrs. Mole, would you / share a room with the kinkajou?" But the text is long, and Lewis sometimes strains for a rhyme, and changes in the rhyme scheme might make this a tough read-aloud. Still, Lewis provides some very nice images, which, when combined with the art, make this a Noah's Ark that should appeal to the older end of the picture-book set.

Description from Booklist The tale of Noah and the Ark, arguably the Bible story best known by children, receives an unusual makeover at Lewis's (Earth Verses and Water Rhymes) poetic hand. Noah's selection by God to captain an ark of animals, "two of every kind," through the great flood leads off an elaborate collection of poems that form a careful narrative. Lewis employs a wide variety of rhyme scheme and stanza length to convey the bustling energy of preparation as well as the monotony of being too long at sea and the joy of first sighting dry land. The vocabulary and phrasing ranges from silly to challenging, providing youngsters with plenty of fun as well as food for thought. Cartwright's stylized oils, awash in gentle earth tones, depict Noah and the beasts as one big happy family. Kind-faced creatures and chunkily drawn humans offer an understated air of fantasy to this rendition.

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Noah's Aardvark No. 11

By Mary Jane Auch
When an aardvark loses his spot on Noah's ark, he tries a variety of silly disguises to sneak his way on board.

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One More River

By Karen L. Blumen
A well-loved old spiritual about Noah's Ark is given new life in this adaptation. Set to words and pictures for a new generation, the art and catchy, easy-to-learn melody encourage children ages 3-7 to count, sing and read along.

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Walt Disney's Noah's Ark

By Monique Peterson
As Noah constructs the ark to withstand the great flood, birds fly around the world spreading the news to their animal friends.


Among the thousands of illustrations at the Disney Publishing archives were discovered storybook artwork originally created in 1952 by renowned animator Campbell Grant for a book recounting the tale of Noah's Ark a Silly Symphony cartoon short that debuted in 1933. The film was the first Disney version of the biblical tale of Noah, his ark, and its inhabitants, along with their efforts to weather the great flood. In this classic recreation, readers can enjoy a familiar tale with a touch of Disney magic.

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The Ark that Noah Built

By Melody Carlson
Take a wild ride on Noah's Ark! And see what happens when a boatload of animals are cooped up for too long. But watch out for alligators with their wide-open jaws that snap at the tigers that have razor-sharp claws! It's a crazy adventure -- a story to be enjoyed again and again!

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Noah and the Devil:
A Legend of Noah's Ark from Romania

By Neil Philip



NOTE: This is a Romanian folk tale based on the story of Noah. I cannot find a source for this folk tale, but I am assuming it is not a tale that originated in Jewish tradition.
In this version of the familiar story, the Devil seizes the chance to board the ark when Noah impatiently exhorts his wife to hurry by calling, "Oh, you devil, come in!" Determined to sink the ship, the Devil, now in the form of a mouse, gnaws a hole in a plank. A cat catches the mouse, but the two land in the sea and the Devil escapes. As water rushes in, Noah makes a deal with a snake, which cuts off its tail to plug the hole in return for "a human being every day, for me and my children to eat." After the animals disembark, Noah realizes that if he fulfills his part of the bargain, humans will be extinct. So he throws the snake into the fire, and its scattered ashes turn to fleas. Those tiny creatures continue to get their daily quota of blood. Philip provides extensive source notes for various aspects of his tale. Done in watercolor and gold leaf, the art is similar in motif and design to Brent's illuminated Noah's Ark (Little, Brown, 1992; o.p.). Here, she has widened the borders and enlarged the inset paintings on the pages with text. This book will interest those searching for variants of the familiar Noah story, but even readers unfamiliar with Genesis can enjoy the twists and turns of this account.

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Romanian folklore enlivens this retelling of Noah's traditional story that brings the devil, in the shape of a mouse, aboard the ark. The author weaves the ensuing story of Noah's journey and reconciliation with God with captivating animal pourquois tales--why cats hate water and love the sun, why the snake has no tail, why fleas plague humans. With so many cosmic explanations, the tale feels overstuffed, but Philip blends the story's elements together into a believable whole in language that, while slightly elevated, is simple enough for young listeners to follow. The luminous gold-leafed watercolors, reminiscent of Jane Ray's, will delight young ones with their lovely details, ornate borders based on folk-art designs, and whimsical touches: the ark is an origami-like, duck-shaped wonder. An attractive, unusual offering, with an extensive author's note.

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The Beginners Bible Old Testament Favorites CD-ROM :

Noah's Ark, Moses and David Activity Centers

Your favorite Old Testament Bible characters come to life in this CD-ROM for children and adults. The Beginner's Bible features activities based on three beloved Bible stories and star characters from the "Beginner's Bible", the best selling children's Bible in the world. The benefit of the Brighter Child's CD-ROM version of The Beginners Bible is that children actually interact with the beloved Bible characters as they learn the important Biblical lessons. The activities that come with the program are impressive and relevant for young children. Adults love working with their children on the activities as well. "The Old Testament Favorites" includes the following stories and activity centers; MOSES IN THE LAND OF EGYPT, Moses in the Land of Egypt is an interactive storybook featuring the story of Moses plus more than 30 video clips from the Sony Wonder animated video, 18 Storybook Pages, 6 interactive games, 6 Coloring Pages, and a Sing-A-Long Song. The result is more than a computerized video. The activities and song assure that all children will return to the program time and time again. NOAH'S ARK ACTIVITY CENTER, Noah and his family are very busy following God's instructions on how to prepare for the great flood. Join them as they get ready. Help Noah Build the ARK, Shop for supplies and Gather the Animals in a series of 8 fun and educational activities and 6 printable arts & crafts projects. YOUNG DAVID ACTIVITY CENTER, God has chosen a young shepherd boy to become the new king of Israel. Help David on his way with 6 fun activities including, Target Practice, Find the Stones and sing along with three original songs "Goliath," "Best Friends," and "Great Big Beautiful Heart."

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Rock Steady :
A Story of Noah's Ark

By Sting
Throughout his musical career, Sting has commanded the world's attention as an innovator with enormous appeal. Now this multiple-Grammy-winning icon channels his considerable talents in a fresh, new direction with this sharp re-telling of one of the most beloved stories in history.

Rock Steady is a modern spin on the tale of Noah's Ark. Sting has adapted the lyrics of his own song, and his unique poetry colors this classic story with the concerns of the new millenium. A timeless legend, the parable of Noah's Ark takes on a new significance in the light of Sting's creative genius. Rock Steady reminds us that human beings are blessed, and that we must protect the earth that has given us life.

NOTE:Proceeds from Rock Steady will be donated to the Rainforest Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the Brazilian rainforests and the cultures that thrive there.

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Pop music superstar Sting gives a classic Bible story a brand new beat in this abbreviated version of Rock Steady, Sting's funky, modern-day musical take on Noah's Ark (the song appears on his 1987 recording Nothing Like the Sun). A couple quickly signs on for duty after they see an ad in the newspaper: "Volunteers wanted/ For/ a very special trip,/ To commune with Mother Nature/ On a big wooden ship." They set sail under the leadership of "an old guy with a beard" who "heard G-d's message on the radio." During the 40 days of continuous rainfall, the crew members take some solace in the knowledge that their vessel is "Rock steady" and that they are "sailing with the Lord." Whyte's joyful accompaniment layers Crayola-bright geometric shapes in inviting scenes with varied perspectives. He riffs on an Old Testament-era setting, which immediately puts the story in a familiar context for kids even though it distances them from the impact of Sting's contemporary twist. Young readers will find much to like a rendering of a dove, resplendent in sunlight, is a stunner.

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Bible Friends Plus Book:
Noah and the Ark
This cuddly elephant friend introduces Bible favorites to young children. The story of Noah will come alive to toddlers and young children with the help of these friendly plush Bible Friends. This little elephant holds a miniature Bible story board book.

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All in the Ark:
A Learning-By-Doing Pocket Book

by Meryl Doney
Fun, learn-by-doing number pockets and colorful Noah’s Ark cutouts help little ones learn basic numbers concepts as they hear about G-d’s care. Children count from 1 to 10 placing Noah, lions, butterflies, cats, etc. into numbered pocket pages. Big "ark" pocket on inside front cover holds all ten cut-outs until little ones bring Noah’s family and the animals out again.

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Noah's Rocking Boat
Noah's Rocking Boat sets the beloved story of Noah and the great flood in motion. This die-cut board book will delight young children as the giraffes and monkeys and other animals swing back and forth. The moving creatures and bright illustrations will bring joy to preschoolers…stimulating their imaginations and allowing hands-on participation in the story.

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From the instant children see the cover animals swinging back and forth, they will be engrossed in this adorable board book. The story describes how Noah calms the animals as the rain begins to fall. Instead of focusing on the scary lightning outside, the animals distract themselves by singing and playing inside. When things are safe again, Noah and the animals kneal and thank God for keeping them safe. Children will love the cartoonish illustrations and the rhythmic rhyming narration.

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Whitney Stows Away on Noah's Ark And Learns How to Deal With Peer Pressure

By Therese Johnson Borchard
When Whitney fails to stand up for a classmate who is being ridiculed, her emerald Bible enables her to go back in time and board the Ark with Noah as he saves the animals from the great flood.

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Noah's Ark (Panorama Series)

By Annie Kubler and Pam Adams
A Noah's Ark that is worth exploring in Large and Giant editions. Fresh insights and visual perspectives restore the vision of Creator and creation working together.

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Uncle Noah's Big Boat

By Yuki Tsurumi
When Uncle Noah, the carpenter, builds a big boat and gathers every kind of animal inside, he teaches the importance of listening to God and helping one another. A delightful retelling of the timeless story features color illustrations throughout--perfect for the preschool-aged child.

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The Animals and the Ark

By Karla Kuskin
Mutiny on the Ark!

When Noah builds the Ark, he never anticipates that the animals might get just a bit restless after forty days and forty nights....But just as the monkeys are squealing, the tiny animals are growing tearful, the tigers are getting bad-tempered, and Noah is fearing a mutiny of Biblical proportions, the sun breaks through!

A delightfully raucous look at the Noah's Ark story, from the animals' point of view, told with relish by children's poet extraordinaire, Karla Kuskin.

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Originally published in 1957, Kuskin's (Roar and More) energetic ode to the Flood receives equally upbeat, playful treatment in Grejniec's (Albert's Nap) watercolors. In the opening lines, Noah mysteriously divines the coming rainstorm (with no mention of G-d): "He said, `I think it's going to pour./ It's going to rain and rain some more./ The sun will dim,/ the day turn dark,/ with all that rain/ I'll need an Ark.' " The poet's rhythm and rhyme unfold with deceptive ease, yet she varies the schemes to create a sense of urgency or to pause for a laugh for instance, she describes the cargo area of the vessel: "with room inside/ for the fowl of the air/ for the mole from his hole/ and the lynx from his lair/ for rats/ and cats/ and calves and cows/ for rams and lambs/ and snakes/ and sows." Grejniec exploits the syncopation and the humor with a spread of the named animals; silhouetted as white space within its own bold block of color, each animal is simultaneously present and absent. The artist's signature technique of greatly magnifying his compositions highlights the texture of the paper, adding to the visual intrigue. As the Ark nearly disappears within the torrents of rain, Kuskin lessens the danger by depicting the animals as very much like children: they "ate and slept and played inside/ at `Hide-and-Seek' and `Make a Nice Motion'/ while the whole wide world was covered with ocean." This cheerful tale closes not with an olive branch, but with the sun breaking through the clouds. By focusing on the experience of the animals rather than theology, author and artist provide an unusually friendly entree to the story of the Ark.

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There's no G-d in this lighthearted spin on Noah's story. In Kuskin's version, Noah builds the ark based on weather predictions: "I think it's going to pour. It's going to rain and rain some more . . ." Rhythmic text that reads like a chant describes how Noah and his sons build the ark and load the animals. Mayhem breaks loose aboard the cramped ship, but just when "the fighting and crying were awful and tearful and all the small animals seemed to be fearful," the sun breaks through and, abruptly, they land and go home. Grejniec's brightly colored, childlike watercolors on pulpy, richly textured paper are inventive but often too chaotic, making many spreads difficult to read. It's the energetic words and appealing rhymes that will hook children, and the secular telling will hook a new audience.

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Those Slowpoke Snails

By Sandy Carol Bell
Do you know G-d loves us all, big or small, slow or fast? He has made us all useful in some way or the other. No matter how different we are, to G-d, we are special. Even those slowpoke snails, among the slowest of G-d’s creatures, are so useful, you cannot imagine.

A charismatic children’s story relating the love of G-d for all his children, and relaying a significant message: we are all special, no matter how different we may be.

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Good Ol' Noah Had an Ark

By Martha Bolton
Experience the story of Noah with a creative new twist! In this fun, colorful book, Mark Lowry is featured as Noah using real photographs laid over four-color illustrations. You and your child can enjoy this delightful story that can be read or sung (to the tune of “Old MacDonald”), while you take an amusing look at Noah and the animals he cared for on the ark.

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Thank You, Noah

By Charlotte Lundy
Lundy frames a retelling of the Noah story with an account of Elaine's participation in a riding show. As she practices with her horse, she dreams of earning a blue ribbon. Her mother tells her that such determination reminds her of Noah's commitment to following God's instructions for rescuing the animals from the flood.

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Noah and the Ark

By Anne De Graaf
Bath Time on Noah's Ark
Beginners Bible - Bath Time on Noah's Ark
At last! A Noah's Ark book that really floats! As children scrub in the tub, they can read about bath time on Noah's Ark, see the animals, and even create their own 40 days and 40 nights of rain. Made from sturdy, non-toxic vinyl, this bath-time book is truly good, clean fun.

Story of Noah and the Rainbow

By Patricia Pingry
A terrible flood covers the earth with water, but G-d keeps Noah, his family, and the animals safe in the ark.

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This board book features a very simple narration of the classic story of Noah. Bright pictures will keep readers engaged with the story. A kid-friendly font is used and key words are written in larger type. This board book is appropriate to explain the story of Noah to toddlers.

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Noah and the Big Boat

By Brenda Ward
A simple retelling of the story of how Noah obeyed God and saved the animals during a great flood. Photographs of babies dressed as Noah and the animals bring extra interest to this board book for toddlers.

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Noah's Wife

By Marty Rhodes Figley
Illustrations in lively shades of green, rose, and gold convey lighthearted images of the exasperated but devoted wife of Noah persevering as her husband hammers and saws the ark and collects animals of all sorts to house in it. This retelling of the Bible story focuses on the preliminaries to the flood from the perspective of Noah's wife--an elephant tramples the prized cucumbers in her garden; the townspeople mock her for her husband's eccentricities. What Mrs. Noah endures in the imagination of Figley and Riggio humanizes this minor biblical character and finally puts her in the spotlight, alongside the historic man she supports. A fun adaptation of a story that kids never tire of hearing.

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Noah, Moses, King Solomon and Me

(Book & CD-ROM)
Children will love reading these favorite Bible stories and will delight in seeing "themselves" throughout each book. Included in the books are perforated sticker pages and a CD-ROM (Windows and Mac compatible) to use in personalizing the book. In addition to the personalization feature, the CD-ROM offers electronic activities that relate to the Bible stories, including games, puzzles, mazes, word searches, and coloring pages, plus an extra "fun pack" for creating personalized bookmarks, bookplates, stationery, and more.

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Noah, the Incredible Voyager

By Bill Bell
Noted illustrator Bill Bell, whose work has won numerous awards and is considered the Franklin Mint's best selling artist, has retold the tale of Noah and the Great Flood, with magical four color art that vividly brings to life all the wonderful creatures from this classic Biblical story.

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Timothy Whale's Rainbow

By Darrell Wiskur
The story of Noah is told from the standpoint of a young whale. It contains some dazzling paintings, a short glossary of terms with biblical commentary and even notes on different types of whales.

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Noah

By Nancy I. Sanders & Eira Reeves
Noah was obedient to G-d and followed all his laws. We can too, by reading about G-d's laws in the Bible. The envelope surprise is two silly monkeys that were in Noah's ark.

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Too Tired

By Ann Turnbull
Turnbull puts a new spin on the story of Noah, which seems to have been a popular picture-book subject this year (see reviews under Gauch for several other titles). The floods are coming, and, in orderly progression, the animals are climbing aboard the ark. Noah diligently stands by, checking each pair off his list as the waters rise. But there's something amiss--the sloths have not arrived. They're too tired to come. That causes all manner of consternation among the animals onboard except for the bored cats, who placidly respond, "Who cares?" Clark's congenial animal characters and their nontraditional human companions (Noah wears a yellow panama hat and sports eye glasses) are humorously presented in a riot of pleasing, natural tones, with watercolor the perfect medium for casting the rising sea. Kids who know the original story will feel most comfortable with this version, which does end happily. However, even Noah fans are likely to find the humor here a bit offbeat.

Description from Booklist

The sloths are on Noah's list but can't be bothered to come: "Tomorrow," they mumble, going back to sleep. The cats say "Who cares? Let them drown," but Noah and the other animals are determined; as the waters rise, Ham steers the Ark to the lazy sloths' tree, and though at first the elephants can't reach them, when everyone (except the cats) crowds to one side the Ark tips enough so that they can pull the sloths aboard. Clark's watercolors add to the humor of this amusing story with their whimsical caricatures; in spectacles and broad-brimmed hat, Noah is the picture of an earnest 19th-century naturalist, while the self-absorbed, still-curious cats are a sly comment on the 20th century's lack of concern for the several rainforest creatures depicted here. An entertaining tale with an unobtrusive subtext and delectable art.

Description from Kirkus Reviews

This fanciful picture-book account of Noah and the Flood features two sloths who are just too tired to board the ark with everyone else. As a young-looking Noah fastidiously organizes the animals according to his list, he notices that the sloths are missing. No amount of cajoling or coaxing from the other passengers can get the sloths to budge. Everyone is in a tizzy, except for the cocksure cats who remark, ``Who cares? Let them drown.'' Democracy and kindess rule, however, and the sloths are saved just as the water reaches a dangerous level. Turnbull's short sentences keep the story at a suspenseful pace while her humorous undertones and callous feline characters prevent the proceedings from becoming too scary. Clark's lush jungle and sea scenes showcase an impressive array of species trudging, swimming and winging their way to safety. Her wide-eyed menagerie displays an air of frenzy and concern most welcome in this tale. While not exactly a reverent introduction to the Bible, this funny story clearly extols the virtues of patience and caring for others.

Description from Publishers Weekly

Noah's Square Dance

By Rick Walton
It's square dance night on Noah's ark "As fiddlers rosin up their bows / And dancers start to tap their toes ... " The rhythm promenades through the book, setting an upbeat tone and a lively pace for reading aloud. Noah calls the dance moves, and the friendly-looking animals and people try to follow his instructions, though things get a little wild with "Pick up your honey with a left arm 'round / And swing that hippo off the ground." Soon the storm ends, partners hug, and on the last page the animals disembark. The artwork, painted on heavily textured cloth, glows with warm colors. Thick, black lines define the characters and their loping dance steps. The last two decades have seen a flotilla of ecologically inspired interpretations of the ark saga, but think of this book as a child pleaser, a plucky tugboat among the elegant, three-masted schooners. As picture-book versions of Noah's ark go, it's a hoot.

Description from Booklist

In an unusual take on the well-known biblical story, Noah calls a square dance for the animals on the ark, who do-si-do with members of Noah's family. Wickstrom's lively illustrations of the amiable menagerie, rendered in rich earth tones and primary colors, well suit Walton's rhyming text.

Description from Horn Book

"Pick your partners and form a square,/ Then bow and curtsey, pair by pair." Join in Noah's Square Dance. The rain pours down while Noah, the crew, and animals enjoy a western style hoedown. Illustrations place the animals in square dance poses that bring on the laughs. What else can you do when a bewildered billy goat allemandes with an imperious turkey. Background square dance music makes this a swinging rhythmical revel.

Description from Children's Literature

Two by Two,
The Untold Story

By Kathryn Hewitt
In order to convince his family and all the animals to come aboard the Ark, Noah sends out invitations announcing a romantic vacation cruise.

Description from Publisher

This is a charming update of the story of Noah's ark. The animals are enticed to board because Noah advertises it as a getaway cruise. Things start going bad as the rain goes on and on. But a good message about getting along with others shines through at the end. Parents will enjoy the subplot going on in the illustrations -- they're a real hoot!

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Noah's Trees

By Bijou Le Tord
This simple book about environmental stewardship and renewal retains the spirit of the traditional Old Testament story. Noah lovingly plants and cares for trees that he intends as gifts for his sons. When God asks him to build an ark, however, Noah must use the trees for lumber. The hopeful ending has Noah boarding the ark with an armload of saplings. Le Tord's soft paintings are almost impressionistic in their depiction of a biblical world.

Description from Horn Book

Who Built the Ark?

By Pamela Paparone
As Paparone notes, with its counting game and emphasis on animals, this African-American spiritual might have been designed specifically for children. The acrylic illustrations, painted in a flat, primitive style, depict a minister and choir in a rural, African-American church; in the biblical scenes, the preacher is placed in the role of Noah. A joyous buoyancy and rhythm underscore the text. Music included.

Description from Horn Book

Noah and the Great Flood

By Penny Frank

Noah and His Ark

By Catherine Storr
A retelling of the story of the Flood that lasted forty days, and the Ark on which Noah, his family, and a pair of each kind of animal took refuge.

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Noah

By Patricia Lee Gauch
In a simple, invitingly cadenced retelling beginning, "Here is Noah with grace in his eyes,/Here are his sons/right by his side," Gauch adheres closely to the events described in the Bible, from God's command to Noah to build an ark to his family's planting a garden after the animals have finally left them "happily alone." Green, whose debut in Lauture's Father and Son was widely praised, draws again on his Gullah heritage for paintings in lustrous saturated colors. He depicts most of the humans as black (though one son's wife has blue eyes), and makes creative use of the text's reiterated "two by two" in his handsome compositions. Proof positive that, when it comes to books about Noah, there is always "room for one more."

Description from Kirkus Reviews

Noah and the Rabbits

By Sally Kilroy
As Noah searches his ark for a place to put a pair of rabbits, he discovers animals in the most unlikely places. With hippopotami snoozing in a small hammock and animals in the shower, rowboat, and first-aid kit, Noah wonders if there's any room left. Kids can join the fun by lifting the flaps to find Noah's clever solution.

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Noah's Ark: Words from the Book of Genesis (Picture Puffin)

By Jane Ray
This majestic text, drawn from the Book of Genesis, is illuminated by Jane Ray's stunning illustrations, which adapt motifs from primitive and folk art. Beautifully composed and rendered for the loving scrutiny of a child's eye, Noah's Ark is a celebration of the unique beauty of every living thing, and a book to cherish for years to come. Children will delight in exploring the pictures on their own long after an adult has shared the story.

Description from Publisher

Luminously colored drawings accompany the words of Genesis to tell the story of Noah. In a style that synthesizes many traditions, Ray nods knowingly at the vivacity and naive perspective of folk art; she liberally echoes the ancient Egyptian use of friezes; and she borrows from medieval ornamentation and composition as well. Imaginative, mural-like panels adorn the spaces between text and the lower margins of the pages. Ray's use of color conveys her exuberance and delight: her work looks at once fresh and traditional. The panoply of animal pairs boarding the ark is crafted with great charm; the sturdy vessel rocks upon green waters that are alive with creatures of the sea. When the storm abates, a verdant tapestry of life pours out of the ark to renew the earth. The story of the Flood is interpreted here as an ecological parable, with illustrations stressing the abundance of nature, the sin of fouling it and the joy of its cultivation. A minor but discordant note: one of humanity's misdeeds in those ancient times is depicted as factories spewing smoke into the atmosphere. Overall, though, this is a verbal and visual treat.

Description from Publishers Weekly

Drip Drop: Genesis 6-8 (Noah's Ark)

By Mary Manz Simon
This retelling of Noah and the Ark is a special classroom-size version of a Hear Me Read Bible story designed to actively teach and read with an entire class. This book helps children ages 2 to 7 develop important fundamental reading skills.

Description from Publisher

The Adventures of Cheze & Kwackers:
Noah and the Ark and David and Goliath

By Bobby Goldsboro
A duck named Kwackers tells two Old Testament stories to his friend, a scruffy little mouse named Cheze, and explains what they teach about faith and courage.

Description from Publisher

Noah's Ark

By Heather Amery

Noah, Build Your Boat

By Jeff Kunkel

A Prayer for the Earth :
The Story of Naamah, Noah's Wife

By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Noah's wife is hardly mentioned in the Bible, and she gets little more attention in Jewish midrash. That does not deter Sasso, a rabbi and the author of several well-received books for children. Here, Noah's wife is named Naamah, a play on the Hebrew word pleasing, because her deeds are pleasing to G-d. She successfully completes the task that G-d asks of her: to save each plant on the earth. Before the rain falls, Naamah scours the world looking for growing things. Even the ubiquitous dandelion comes along -- though only at G-d's prodding. Once on the ark, Noah and his wife use the room with the plants as a place of peace. When the rain stops, Naamah happily sets about to make the earth green once again. Sasso succeeds admirably at bringing a feminine presence to the stories of the Bible. She also helps children understand the responsibility that people have to be stewards of the earth. Andersen's colorful paintings have texture and depth that add to the appealing tale.

From Booklist

"Walk across the land and gather the seeds of all the flowers and all the trees. Take two of every kind of living plant....Work quickly. The rains begin tomorrow."

From award-winning author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a new story which lights our spiritual imaginations.

When G-d tells Noah to bring the animals of the world onto the ark, God also calls on Naamah, Noah's wife, to save each plant on Earth.

Entrusted with this task, Naamah sets off to every corner of the world, discovering a fabulous array of growing things, and gathering seeds, bulbs, cuttings, spores, and roots. She fills a room on the ark with every type of plant--from amaryllis, soybeans, and wheat to lilies, moss, and even dandelions. Then, after 40 long days and nights on the ark, the most important part of Naamah's work begins.

In this new story, based on an ancient text, Naamah's wisdom and love for the natural harmony of the earth inspires us to use our own courage, creativity, and faith to carry out Naamah's work today.

Description from Publisher

General Bible Books | Creation | Noah's Ark | The Tower of Babel | Abraham & Sarah | Isaac & Rebecca | Jacob, Esau, Rachel, and Leah | Joseph | Moses | Balaam's Talking Donkey | Joshua | Samson | David | Solomon | Jonah | Ruth | Esther | Daniel |







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