Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Goodnight Ark

The tale of Noah and his infamous ark have been told in many ways.  From major motion pictures to simple Sunday School songs, there are few who do not know (even if only as a tale) the story of Noah building an Ark to hold two of every animal on earth and protect them from the epic, destructive flood.  

Most children enjoy the story of Noah (in its many forms) with its adventure, hero, and of course- ANIMALS!

In a new picture book, Goodnight Ark, by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman the ark comes to life in a more make believe and sweet imaginative story.  Noah, dressed in yellow rain slickers, lovingly escorts the animals to their refuge in the ark.  But the fun begins when the rain goes pitter patter on the ark.  Animal pair after animal pair come clamoring into Noah's bed- causing quite a noisy and smelly mess.  When the ark starts to shift- all craziness ensues!  It isn't until Noah bunks with his new friends that peace is upon the boat and it is time to say, "Goodnight ark."

This is an adorable story.  The illustrations are sweet, colorful, and play to a child's imagination.  I love the rhyme and rhythm to the book as well.  Using more unusual animals like quail and boar was neat.  It is a cute book and would make a great addition to any library or bedtime routine.  

This is not a biblically accurate story- and not intended to be- so beware that Noah is alone with animals, in a clean cozy bedroom with a wood burning stove wearing striped shirt and socks.  I'm sure tigers and elephants did not cuddle up with one another.  Put the theology aside and just enjoy the sweet story.

My girls (ages 18 months to 8 years) all really enjoyed reading this book.  The 8 year old read it over and over again to her little sisters.  

Thanks to book look bloggers and zonderkidz for the free copy of the book!

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