It may be another board book treatment of the Noah story, but this one is simply and nicely told, accompanied by lovely art originally painted on wooden planks with the graining still evident, which adds interest to each scene. The animals are appealingly and charmingly depicted. The portrayal of the creatures lulled to sleep by the rocking motion of the ark and then tumbling about, chasing and pouncing upon one another, is a delightful concept sure to evoke a clear mental image in young listeners — although no reason for the flood itself is included in the narrative. Recommended for ages 1 – 3.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. She has lectured on a variety of topics relating to children and books and her greatest joy is reading to her grandchildren on both sides of the ocean. Michal lives in Great Neck, NY and Efrat, Israel.