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Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
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Aug 27, 11

bookshelves: watercolor, collage, caldecott-12, cut-paper, bedtime, poetry, rhyme, folklore, fave-2011, music, picturebooks
Read in August, 2011

Thanks Susan for the heads-up on this lovely book! Beautiful, disciplined text, interesting historical thread, awesome artwork. Simple enough in structure for the youngest listeners, but the unusual rhyme scheme (a ghuzul, an Arabic form of poetry) and the rich details in the illustrations (Naamah checks on her grown sons along with all the other animals, the monkeys smile as they nestle together, the hippo's enormous yawn, the incessant rain out the windows) provide plenty to absorb an older audience's attention too. I love the silhouette pages of the lions, giraffes, and hippos with the speckled starry sky behind.

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