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The Ark,the Reed,and the Fire Cloud (The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz #1)

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Max, a Scottish terrier, takes his usual morning trot down to the loch where he hears a mysterious Voice humming in the reeds saying, "Come to Me...follow the fire cloud." He embarks on an unknown journey from Scotland, meeting other animals along the way including Liz, a brilliant, petite black cat from France. Max and Liz become the brave leaders for their group, and eve ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Living Ink Books
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Dec 28, 2012 Manda rated it liked it
I read this one with my kids, and while it was an OK read, it didn't thrill me like the third book of this series did (which I read first because it was given to me). The author acknowledges up front that her book is fiction based on fact, and she points the reader to the book of Genesis for the true story of the events. That being said, I did talk to my kids about certain fictionalized elements and why they HAD to be fiction. For instance, the land was not divided into the separate continents u ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
I read this aloud to my 8 year old daughter, and it quickly became a favourite to both of us. I had to force her to listen to the first three chapters (she wasn't keen on my attempt at a Scottish accent :) ), but after that she was begging me for more chapters. Great if you want to dramatise different accents, lots of fun! Great truth about faith in this book, and some interesting possibilities of the hows of the Noah's Ark story. There were events in the second-last chapter that were tragic to ...more
Linda Bulger
Nov 28, 2008 Linda Bulger rated it really liked it
One misty dawn Max the Scottish terrier left his burrow and trotted to the loch, where he heard a strange humming in the reeds: COME. COME TO ME. FOLLOW THE FIRE CLOUD. Startled, Max climbed the Glen for advice from his wise friend Gillamon, an ancient and well traveled goat. Gillamon pondered a while and told Max that he was being called by the Maker and had to accept the challenge. Max, brave but humble, took a reed from the loch and struck out on his epic journey.

The Ark, the Reed, and the Fi
Katie Foth
Sep 15, 2016 Katie Foth rated it it was amazing
A young friend lent me a copy of this book, and I was surprised at the length, considering the age group for which it's targeted. But I could readily see why she liked the book so much. The characters and accents are so delightful and funny! The book is basically a re-telling of the story of Noah and the flood, but it's told from the perspective of adventuresome animals. The author takes her time, so a bit of patience and persistence is required, but there's so much satisfaction along the way.

Nov 25, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys animal stories, Bible stories, children, teens and adults
The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud is the first book in a series known as The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz by Jenny L. Cote, and may I just say, I love this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series, which isn't finished yet. Another book will be added to the series in 2015.

This story is about a little Scottish terrier who is called to embark on a grand adventure. Along the way, he meets other animals who become close friends, one of which is a petite black cat from France whose nam
Apr 03, 2010 Tarissa rated it really liked it
I did find this book to be interesting, as it told the Bible story of Noah's ark from a different point of view – the animals' view of the events taking place. That is what made the book fun, cute, unique and kid-friendly. However there are certain points of the storyline that I didn't enjoy. Miracles do exist, but the one that took place in "The Ark, the Reed, and the Fire Cloud" seemed ridiculous that the animals were performing miracles. I got used to it though and there were quite a few of t ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Max is a scottish terrier and Liz is a cat from France. Two animals that you will come to love as you read this wonderful book. Max is taking a stroll along the loch one day and hears a humming noise. Curious he wonders closer, and sees how the wind catches the reed just so, making the interesting noise. As he is peering into the water, he hears a voice carried upon the wind. "Come to Me" , followed by "Follow the Fire Cloud." After speaking with his wise friend, he embarks upon an unknown journ ...more
Jan 26, 2014 T.C. rated it it was amazing
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People of all beliefs and religions can appreciate the beauty of this wonderful read.

Max, a Scottish terrier, and Liz, a beautiful black cat, are called from their individual homes to lead an ever-growing group of animals to Noah's recently-finished Ark. Along the way are many obstacles that, with a little help from the Maker and his trail-blazing fire cloud, the slew of furry creatures successfully cross. But once they board the Ar
Angie Quantrell
Apr 29, 2015 Angie Quantrell rated it really liked it
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Nov 07, 2010 Felicia rated it it was amazing
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Rebecca Loren Pennington
The theme of this book is trust in God. God saves Noah and his family from drowning in the flood that wiped out the entire planet. God also saved two of every kind of animal from becoming extinct. God saved Max, a black Scottish terrier, and Liz, a tiny black cat, from death after they got bit by a poisonous snake. He gives Liz wisdom to solve the mystery of the disappearing items. This book reminds me of the true Noah's Ark story in the Bible. It has the same principles of the huge ark, the two ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
The adventures of two Scottish dogs, an Irish cat, and a French cat with their friends as they heed the call of the Maker to "Come." They learn the importance of asking the Maker for help and to have faith.

This is a book I would love to read to my children at night. Of course, because of the length, it would probably have to be when my children are in elementary school. But I love how each of the animal characters have different personalities that makes it so fun to follow along on their adventu
Shannon McGee
Jan 19, 2009 Shannon McGee rated it really liked it
We are introduced to Max, the Scottish terrier. He is a brave dog led on an adventure by the Maker (God). He follows a cloud that looks like it is on fire and feels that the Maker is speaking through the cloud to him. Max finds on his journey that he is not the only animal who believes it is getting messages from the Maker. He meets another dog, birds, a whale, cats, cows and more. They are all being drawn to Noah's ark.

I really love stories that give you the idea that animals have a deep though
Apr 26, 2015 ATrueBookworm rated it it was amazing
I received this book for Christmas and began reading it that same night. I love this book so much.

Max is a Scottish Terrier ( he is actually Scottish ) who enjoys his life in the Glen, a peaceful place in Scotland. He guards the other animals from danger, and becomes known as the bravest animals in the Glen. But something is bothering max. He has been having strange dreams lately. One day, he is walking to the stream to get a drink, and the reeds talk to him. His old mountain goat friend, Gillam
Apr 21, 2015 Tahlia rated it liked it
This would be better, I think, if it was shortened to exclude many of those unnecessary parts that started to get boring quite quickly. Maybe it should be more truthful as well..? Definitely the most annoying part about this book were the accents. I wish they would just explain that the animal is talking in a certain accent and leave it at that rather than changing words, like about to 'aboot', just to 'jest' etc I found this difficult to read in my head and it was very childish (I guess this ca ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
I love the way this book is put together! Various animals have been called by the Maker to follow the fire cloud, which eventually leads them to Turkey where Noah has been building the Ark. It then follows their adventures on the Ark and as they disembark. They use both faith and intellect, relying on the Maker, to solve problems along the way. As a warning - the second last chapter may be difficult for sensitive children, but it all comes good in the last chapter. I'd suggest pre-reading those ...more
Great, GREAT re-telling of Noah by the animals! I loved her view of how this could have really happened. I know it really happened, but the how was fun to see her version. There was a lot of laughter....some gasps...and some tears, but at the end...JOY! The kids, all 3 (from 5-13) adored this book (as they did the other we read of Ms. Cotes: The Dreamer, the Schemer, and the Robe . Really fun, amazing stories that really bring the Bible alive for the kids (and mom!) Can't wait to spend more time ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
This book is magical and adventurous and fun. It entertains, but also teaches and I think it is a must have for any Christian library. It expands on the story of the flood without ever changing the biblical tale. It is about friendship, loyalty, and hope.

This is a 450 page book for children 8-12. I think it is beautifully done- the cover and the drawings inside. Have you seen The Princess Bride? Where Peter Falk is reading this grand adventure story to his grandson, Fred Savage? Well, that is w
Nov 03, 2008 Kerry rated it really liked it
First I must admit to personally knowing the author who is such a pleasure to know. Jenny is one of those people you just want to be around and talk to all the time.
The book is a good read even for adults. Based on scripture about Noah and his sons building tThe Ark, the adventures of the animals getting to the Ark and their time on the Ark. I found Jenny's imagination kept my attention. This would be a fantastic book for parents to read to their preschool and early elementary school kids. The
Tims Spouse
Jul 03, 2016 Tims Spouse rated it really liked it
I brought this home to read aloud to my family - something we enjoy. But with the distractions of end of school activities, and upcoming events. I ended up reading it silently to myself. Only took a week, even in my busy schedule.

I haven't returned it yet, because after having read it for myself - I want to share it with my kids even more. I look forward to good conversations, and hearing what they think will happen next. That, and I'm looking forward to practicing my Scottish accent, which is
Sue Black
Apr 25, 2010 Sue Black rated it it was amazing
Even though this is written for children (5th) It was fantastic for an adult to read. Jenny brings the excitement of Noah and his family building the Ark, by showing it from the animals point of view.
A dog (Max) is called by the Maker to follow a fire cloud and thus his adventures begin. He meets animals all around the world who are following the fire cloud but don't know why. When they all finally arrive at the ark they help each other on board. Of course, someone has hidden on board and is ou
Jul 29, 2014 Kelli rated it liked it
Shelves: loved-it
My five year old daughter loves this book! There are some liberties taken with Noahs story, though no actual changes were made, just embellishment about how they came there and how they survived the ark. But it is a great story. If you're reading out loud, be aware there are lots of different accents from the animals and it's written in a way that begs to have different distinct voices. Fun if you're into that, but if you're not, it can be a trial! Can't wait to read the next one!
Aug 09, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
This book had great potential - an original idea and a great cast of characters. However, Cote needed a good editor. Parts were ponderous and redundant and left me wishing for it to just hurry up and end already. Having said that, it was chock full of great lessons on faith, trust, and friendship. I have higher hopes for the second book in the series. From what I understand, her writing shows development in The Dreamer, The Schemer, and The Robe.
Jan 15, 2013 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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Aug 17, 2011 Becca added it
Shelves: adventure
A really great book. Lots of adventure. Fun history that doesnt even feel like history. But there is a really fun little twist at the end and that grows through out the story. Best friends who are sooo much trusted turn evil and try to kill thier best friend. Try or do kill...

Dont worru thats just the end and the book is hardly even that scary, I'm just good at exagerating.
Apr 20, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
This truly was an astonishing book and the author did a fabulous job at describing all the things she did. The stowaway that was going to kill Noah, his family, Max, and Liz; I have got to say I have never been scared while reading a book but it finally happened. I have read this book 11 times and will do it again. :)
Apr 24, 2012 Sharedinspirations rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids of all ages
This is the best kid-Christian book out there! Max, Liz, Al, and Kate are incorporated into a Bible story of the ark, which will really get readers interested in what's going to happen with the little crew next while also learning about Bible history.
Mariah Raichert
May 25, 2015 Mariah Raichert rated it it was amazing
I loved it, it does remind me a little bit of Narnia, except without the magic and also Redwall except the woman who wrote this Jenny L. Cote is a believer. It was funny, it was cute and sentimental. My Mom would have loved this. Worth reading
May 14, 2013 Tinyde rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, to read if you like animals, it also has a little bit of humour, lots of adventure , and God. Any one who has a creative imagination would love to read this book. I loved this book and I have re read it a few time know! I absolutely recommend any one to read this book.
Karlissa J.
Aug 26, 2013 Karlissa J. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: youth, animal fantasy lovers, anyone who dearly loves their pet cat or dog
A fun tale with distinct and memorable characters and humorous scenes. For me, it had the double pleasure of being an animal story with fantasy-style elements, and of incorporating characters (and lingo) from diverse cultures across the world. I definitely found it worth reading!
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Award winning author, speaker and producer Jenny L. Cote developed an early passion for God, history and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C.S. Lewis by book reviewers and bloggers, Jenny L. Cote opens up the world of creative writing for students of all ages and ...more
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