Lesley Harker, Author, Lesley Harker, Illustrator . Scholastic/Chicken House $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-439-36823-0

Though adapted from the same source, Harker's (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) journey on the ark is stylistically worlds away from Jerry Pinkney's (reviewed below). 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. Ages 2-7. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 09/30/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
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