The Endur­ing Ark

Gita Wolf; Joy­deb Chi­trakar, illus.
  • Review
By – May 28, 2014

This is a high­ly unusu­al and sophis­ti­cat­ed retelling of the sto­ry of Noah’s Ark, clear­ly told, from God’s first warn­ing, through the days and nights of flood, to the ulti­mate hope of the rain­bow. But what makes this book so spe­cial, what makes it stand out from the myr­i­ad retellings of the tale, is the strik­ing art and the unique phys­i­cal struc­ture of the book itself; one long page accor­dion­ing in on itself, high­light­ing both the sto­ry and the dra­mat­ic art and form­ing a scroll-like effect. This scroll- ing com­bines with the sto­ry’s flow (and the flow of the water and the flight of the dove) to return full cir­cle to a repop­u­lat­ed earth filled with renewed hope for humankind. This book is said by the pub­lish­er to be the Indi­an ver­sion of the Bib­li­cal tale” and it is illus­trat­ed in Ben­gal Pat­ua scroll style. The col­ors are lush and the undu­lat­ing lines are hyp­not­ic and enchant­i­ng. The accor­dion scroll fits neat­ly into its own slipcase.

High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for all ages for its com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tion­al and mul­ti­cul­tur­al fea­tures and for its com­bi­na­tion of pub­lish­ing and sculpture.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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