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.