The Story of Noah’s Ark

Illus. by Helen Dardik. Running Press Kids, $9.95 (24p) ISBN 978-0-7624-6184-4
Noah’s Ark retellings can be tricky: how to balance the story’s assurance of God’s love with the near-total destruction of humanity? After an early scene of “very bad” humans looting and fighting, a sad God—pictured as a swirling cloud being—tells Noah that he will flood the Earth, though the implications go unstated. Dardik’s vividly colored and elaborately patterned cartoons work overtime to keep the mood upbeat; Noah’s family and the ark’s animals always have their eyes blissfully closed, as if in a perpetual state of prayer, and they look remarkably calm about the unfolding flood. An eye-catching adaptation, but one likely to prompt questions. Ages 3–6. Illustrator’s agency: Lilla Rogers Studio. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/19/2017
Release date: 06/01/2017
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 24 pages - 978-0-7624-6185-1
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