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Noah's Ark by Peter Spier
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Aug 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: awards-caldecott, animals, christianity, children, picture-books, reviewed-for-fbc

1978 Caldecott Medal Winner

This illustrator uses ink and (maybe) watercolor to create a unique, early-graphic-novel-esque look at the story of Noah's Ark.

Near the front of the book is included an English translation of the poem "The Flood" by Jacobus Revius. It describes the story of the flood in short, descriptive lines. The rest of the book is a comic-like interpretation of the story using panels. Most of it is a fairly serious representation, so I liked that the author included some fun details like the ship settling precariously on a mountaintop and the little piles of poo that were left all over after the animals disembarked. The final illustration is of Noah working under the requisite rainbow, the land once again green and drained of flood waters.

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