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Noah's Ark

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,533 ratings  ·  314 reviews
The bee and the fox, the sheep and the ox--two of each kind trudged aboard Noah's famous vessel. Peter Spier uses his own translation of a seventeenth-century Dutch poem about this most famous menagerie.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Dragonfly Books (first published July 12th 1977)
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Banny Kirsten Marie Reviews
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admire my pastor James Bradford and Crystal Martain!
I look up to my sis/ friend Julie Grippo!
I love the people who follow Gods word!

Without ministers, leaders, christians, friends, and authors like Peter Spier then how would the lovely bible stories just like Noah and the ark be spread? How would children learn about the promises from God to his people? Anyone who is reading this then i want to let you know that you are the voices of Jesus… While on the earth its your job to spread love and p
There are some humorous moments in this telling of the myth of the flooding of the world. One thing it did drive home was that after the animals got off the boat, it would be a horrible stinking mess. The smell would be horrible.

This is told so oddly. The first page is the only text and its 3 rows of simple 3 word rhymes. The rest of the book is basically wordless. it defies description. I also thought the artwork was very poor and I’m a little shocked it won the Caldecott honor position. It is
The illustrations (their overall quality and descriptiveness) of Peter Spier's Noah's Ark are indeed simply and utterly outstanding. Lively and intricately detailed, they are more than well deserving of the Caldecott Medal awarded (I just wish I did not have to read the book on my Kindle, as the illustrations are rendered absolutely miniscule and I am sure I missed quite a bit of the detail, even with using my reading glasses). And I especially appreciate the fact that Peter Spier has also depic ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ypl-mg-ya
Spier’s wordless picture book is impressive in how it explores different emotions and circumstances that deal with the ark. Sadness sets in when the ark is closed up and all the animals that are unable to board must look on in despair as the waters rise. The book also conveys a strong sense of sacrifice and work ethic. Spier captures Noah’s frustration and worry in the beginning, and also his relief and gratitude at the end of the ordeal by showing how he and his family have been able to endure. ...more
Linda Lipko
This is a Caldecott medal winner. Sparse on text, the illustrations drive this tale of Noah who found grace in the eyes of the Lord and was given the overwhelming task of ensuring two of each animal fill the large boat he needed to build.

The illustrations are incredibly detailed. What might be perceived as too busy in the hands of an unskilled artist, Spier's images fill the pages and delight the senses.
Robert Davis
I really don't care for biblical themed story books. This one is practically wordless, letting the pictures relate the tale, and as such is fairly well done.
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A seventeenth-century Dutch poem by Jacobus Revius is the inspiration for this gloriously detailed picture book, which earned a Caldecott Medal. Spier translated the poem which mentions
“Cow and moose,
Hare and goose,
Sheep and ox,
Bee and fox…”
The poem, itself, is on page 1, but the story really begins on the front inside cover and flyleaf, with a two-page panoramic spread that shows destruction of a village in the distance, while Noah and his family prosper on a hillside and the words “…But Noah
While I thought the illustrations for this book were quite nice in detail and color, I didn't really care for the content as much. This book wasn't very historically or biblically accurate. I am pretty sure that Noah did not have glass jars to keep all the bugs in, nor metal cages for the tigers...and one page in particular is especially depressing for me, it's near the beginning. All the animals are boarding the ark two by two and after that there are still all these other animals waiting outsi ...more
Luisa Knight
I've really come to enjoy Peter Spier's books! A number of his works only have a sentence or two, although this one does begin with a poem about Noah's story on the first page, but his illustrations are so vividly full and so telling, you don't notice a lack of words.

A must look!

Ages: 2+

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Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible book. The story is wordless, but the illustrations are detailed and with a nice little touch of humor (check out the expressions, and the number of rabbits!). So many things to look at on each page.
This nearly wordless 1978 Caldecott Medal Winner relies chiefly on illustrations to tell the story of Noah and the ark he builds to survive the flood that God is sending. The incredibly-detailed illustrations show the work that went into building and then filling the ark with various species, including cows, bees, elephants, dogs, and cats. By turns heart rending and amusing, this picture book certainly affords a practical examination of the ark and its inhabitants. My heart broke as the waters ...more
Chelsea Cameron
Noah’s Ark was interpreted and written in a very unique way by Peter Spier. In the original story, the animals enter the ark two by two but Spier added his own creative while also more realistic twist to it. Instead of illustrating the animals going in two by two, marching in an orderly fashion, Pier had monkeys clinging on the elephant’s legs, showing that they didn’t want to walk on the ark on their own, portraying a sense of protection the monkeys felt with the elephants. The littlest of anim ...more
Oct 10, 2008 added it
Genre: Wordless Narrative
Grade Level: K-2

This book is a Caldecott Award Winner. It is mainly all pictures of Noah and his ark, building it, attempting to gather all the animals and people, specifically pointing out there is two of each animal, trying to navigate the huge ark back to land, as the flood waters lowered. It is an excellent book, that is awesome for younger children.

*I would think this book might only be used in a Christian school because of its religious meaning and one page talks a
Tamera Fleming
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-summaries
1) Book summary: The story is about this man name Noah. It's a bibliocial tale with colorful illstruations. The pictures tell the story of how Noah build the ark and how no one wanted to listen to him. Noah was able to save the animals.

2) Grade level, interest level, lexile: PreK-2nd grade, ages 3-7, lexile is unknown

3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area): Language art/reading block

4) Individual students who might benefit from reading: Smaller children would benefit best from this book

5) Sm
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
1978 Caldecott Medal - Favorite Illustration: I love the joy and relief when the dove brings back the branch and Noah and his wife share a quiet moment of happiness, then the excitement as Noah runs through the ark showing all the animals the branch.
This wordless picture book is told in panel format and the detail given by Spier makes it easy to see why it won the Caldecott medal! I love all the fun little quirks given to the different animals, and the emotions as Noah lovingly cares for each on
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderfully illustrated book about the story of Noah and the flood. The narrative was brief and simple, and most of the pages have no words.

The animals are nicely detailed and we loved the depiction of how crowded and messy it was on the ark. Our girls really liked this book.

This book was selected as one of the books for the January 2016- Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations in this nearly wordless book. The beginning contains a poem, translated from Dutch, about Noah, his ark and the animals. Then the illustrations portray Noah and his family caring for the animals and everyone's joy when dry land is found and all can embark. I appreciate Noah's facial features...concern for the animals mixed with exasperation when things don't go smoothly. And I love seeing the animals leaving the ark...the large quantity of rabbits, the elephant's relucta ...more
Fiona Kerr
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is based on a bible story about Noah and the great flood. It dicusses how God asked Noah wo was a good man to bring two of every king of the world's creatures into a great ark before the rest of the world suffered a great flood. It is an exciting oppertunity for children to gain knowledge of religious stories and therefore has good cross-curricular incentive. The story is suitable for children aged 4-11.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
I knew this book was good when I got to the end and felt this palpable sense of relief at that ark door finally opening up again. Spier does a great job of capturing the many different situations and experiences that we can only imagine a year+ in an ark must have led to. There is no text (except at the beginning), but the illustrations are more than capable of doing the "talking" for us. It's also more Biblically accurate (though not 100%) than many "Noah's Ark" books I've seen.
Ashley Ainley
Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm a follower of Jesus and I know the story from the Bible well. I did not like how graphic this is for children. It's not exactly a children-friendly tale to begin with but its heartbreaking to see how all the non-chosen animals die. Yes, I know that's the fact of the story... I just felt it was a little too graphic.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I use this in our Caldecott unit to talk about what "detail" means in illustration, about the use of panels, and about how pictures and layout create mood. In one dramatic moment, for example, the contrast between the activity inside the ark and the complete quiet and stillness outside is conveyed through Spier's choice of layout. Wordless.
Oct 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
This wordless book shows the Biblical story of Noah's arc through the use of pictures. This could be of help to early readers within one's classroom that have struggles reading. Even so, with the use of this book they could feel successful in being able to "read" a book, because they did it through pictures.
This wordless book illustrates Noah's Ark. It shows the animals left behind--I felt sorry for them! It also shows the village getting covered with water.
It also shows how much work it would have been to keep the ark clean and the animals fed.
Most of the text is on one page at the beginning. It's a poem by Jacobus Revius (1586–1658), translated from the Dutch by Peter Spier. This book won a Caldecott Medal in 1978.

3.5 stars
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Peter Spier's retelling of Noah's Ark is stunning.
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: caldecott-medal
1978 Caldecott medal.
Very intricate drawings. Each scene has so many things to look at. Each time you flip through it you see something new.
Beautiful illustrations. This is the perfect book for telling the story aloud to the kids.
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-children
What a realistic representation of life on the ark.
Courtney Seiter
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exam-2
Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier is a wordless picture book that received the Caldecott Award. I will start by saying this book may not be appropriate for all children given it is a biblical tale, but the illustrations are something all children should experience. The book is the story of Noah’s Ark without any words except on the first page, there is a poem explaining the story. The cover starts the magical illustrations. It is covered with rich, vibrant colors and all the animals on the ark. The end ...more
Maitraya Ghatak
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exam-1
Noah’s Ark is a wordless picture book illustrated by Peter Spier. Receiving the Caldecott medal in 1978, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1978, and National Book Award for Children’s Books, Picture Books (Paperback) in 1982, Noah’s Ark seems to be well deserving of these awards due to its elaborate illustrations. Even though there are two sentences and one poem (mainly narrating the sequence of events in the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark), the vast majority of the book is filled with pictures; hence, ...more
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Peter Spier has established himself as one of the most gifted illustrators in this county. His Noah's Ark was the 1978 Caldecott Award winner, while The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night was a Caldecott Honor book in 1962. The firs two books in his widely acclaimed Mother Goose Library, London Bridge Is Falling Down! and To Market! To Market! were winner and runner-up respectively for the Boston Glob ...more
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