The Chameleon That Saved Noah’s Ark

Yael Molchad­sky; Orit Bergman, illus.; Annette Appel, trans.
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By – March 23, 2017

In this delight­ful tale, Noah and his wife, Na’ama, take good care of all the ani­mals on the ark. Na’ama ris­es at dawn to feed the roost­er; Noah feeds the night crea­tures as dark­ness falls. In between, they pre­pare appro­pri­ate meals for the var­i­ous ani­mals. They have one prob­lem: the chameleons. No mat­ter what they try, the two chameleons refuse all the dif­fer­ent foods offered. Day by day, the chameleons grow thin­ner and thin­ner. Final­ly, as the ark’s food sup­ply is threat­ened, the answer is revealed. 

The folk-art style acrylic paint­ings enhance the mes­sage of the har­mo­ny of nature and show how even the small­est crea­tures have a place in the universe.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 8.

Sandy Lan­ton, a for­mer teacher, earned a BA in Psy­chol­o­gy and an MS in Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion from Queens Col­lege. She is the author of Daddy’s Chair (Syd­ney Tay­lor Award), The Hap­py Hack­ers, Lots Of Latkes, Still a Fam­i­ly: A Young Child’s Book About Divorce (Git­tle Hon­or­able Men­tion), and The Lit­tlest Levine (named one of the best Jew­ish Children’s Books of 2014 by Tablet Mag­a­zine). Her work has appeared in mag­a­zines as well as sev­er­al antholo­gies. When she isn’t writ­ing sto­ries or vis­it­ing schools, Ms. Lan­ton likes to cro­chet, line dance, play bridge and pick­le­ball, spend time with her grandchil­dren, and read, read, read.

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