There are many books about Noah’s ark, and quite a few from the perspective of different animals, but the imagined journal Noah kept gives a new point of view. Noah describes his conversations with God, building the ark, loading food for the animals, and how the other people made fun of him. Entries Six, Seven and Eight detail the rain and flood and life on the ark. Entry Nine, the final one, is about life after Noah and the animals leave the ark. There is a short glossary and some interesting facts at the end of the text. There are several clues that this book is written from a Christian perspective. In the glossary, “Hebrew” is defined as “the name given to God’s chosen people who were also called Israelites.” Neither moniker was used until much later in time. Noah was not Jewish. In a picture where Noah and his family are praying, the people are kneeling and have their hands together. The book emphasizes God’s love for Noah as opposed to his disappointment with what was wrong with the world. While the colorful i llustrations are cute and full of energy, the humor and puns (“What does Noah know-ah?”) of the text, as well as the wordiness, are for an older audience than the illustrations. This book is an optional choice at best, for ages 5 – 8.
Kathe Pinchuck, M.L.I.S., is the librarian of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, New Jersey. She is currently the chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries.