On Noah's Ark

by Jan Brett

Other authorsJan Brett (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2003


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Putnam Juvenile (2003), Edition: First edition., Hardcover, 32 pages


Noah's granddaughter helps him bring the animals onto the ark, calm them down, and get them to sleep.

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LibraryThing member wenestvedt
Another beautiful Jan Brett book. The story of Noah's voyage, told by his granddaughter. Not too overtly religious, more of a child's narrative.
LibraryThing member missmichelle
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Genre: Jan Brett takes the Biblical story of Noah's ark and puts a new spin on the story so even though the original story would be historical nonfiction, this book would be mainly classified as a folktale. The original story has been passed down for generations and this
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story still keeps its simple plot, but adds a new character, Noah's grandson. Parts of the story still remain historical because it keeps the main point of the forty day flood and all the animals on the ark. However, I would classify this story a retold folktale because it is not hundred percent accurate to the original story but still has some of the same key parts.
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LibraryThing member kmcgiverin05
This book is (according to me) historical/historical fiction. It is the story of Noah's ark told by Noah's grandson. Noah's grandson is the main character and he is a flat character. This would be appropriate for a primary Sunday school class. I would use it to teach the story of Noah and also
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about how not all books are accurate.
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LibraryThing member jhill06
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Critique: This is realistic fiction because it is set in the time of Noah, who is a real person, but is about a made up character who was on the ark with Noah.
LibraryThing member ericajohnson
good idea to come from noah's grandduaghters perspective but it's a little different and odd to me..
LibraryThing member quicksilvertears
Jan Brett is one of my favorite illustrators. Her illustrations are detailed and realistic. The lion in this book is gorgeous. The borders are cutouts of various animals with other animals inside of them. The pages are made to look like papyrus. It is visually stunning.
LibraryThing member sbhoward321
A little boy talks about his experience on going on Noah's Ark. He calls Noah, Grandpa Noah. He describes the animals going in, where all the animals stay on the arc, and how they sleep. The boy talks about what he does when the animals are asleep and forty days later when the rain stops all the
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animals leave the arc and go their own ways.
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LibraryThing member temorrison
This is a wonderful story that tells the bible story of Noah's Ark through his granddaughters eyes. They load all of the animals onto the ark, and wait for the water to come. And for 40 days and night they are on the ark with the animals. After the 40 days, she sends a dove to find land, and then
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they start a new life.
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LibraryThing member kaitlinc23
This is a good example of a historical non-fiction. The story of Noah's ark told through the eyes of his grandson. He puts the story in simple terms that young children can understand. A Bible story told from a different perspective.

Level- Primary
LibraryThing member megjwal
On Noah’s Ark by Jan Brett
Noah’s Ark is narrated by Noah’s granddaughter. She tells about the ark being built and the animals coming into the ark. She also tells about how long it rained and how she had to help with the animals. She tells of the dove and raven who helped tell her grandfather
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that the ground was dry again. The book tells how God promised to never flood the earth again and put a rainbow in the sky.

I love the picture, but hate the retelling of this story. For one, it is culturally wrong. A young girl would not be telling the story or be the main character. For two, it is biblically in accurate. There were only eight people on the ark and they were all adults.

I would use this book with Pre-K to K students if we are talking about different cultural stories. I would ask the students to draw a rainbow.
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LibraryThing member Randalea
This visual masterpiece depicts the floating zoo as a delightful place for a young girl (Noah’s granddaughter) to explore and mingle with the crew. Although Jan takes liberties with the Biblical account, her story is a fantastic way to display her amazing talent of bringing creatures to life. My
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favorite scene is when “The Ark rocks back and forth like a giant cradle.”
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LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: Author Jan Brett explores what it might have been like to be on the Ark built by Noah referenced in the bible. Told from the perspective of Noah's grandson, she explores how it might have sounded, felt, and what one might have seen.

Thoughts and Feelings: This book makes forty days and
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forty nights in cramped quarters with animals that (let's face it) would have eaten each other if given, seem quite cozy. It reminds me of the peaceable kingdom.
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LibraryThing member mbogits
This book is a great adaption to the classic Noah's Ark story. The illustrations of the animals are very detailed and vivid. This book would be a great way to introduce children to the tale of Noah's Ark in a fun, colorful way. The borders would also be very helpful to teach children sequencing.
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You might even find it a useful and fun way to teach kids the names of different animals.
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LibraryThing member SABC
Lovely illustrated book about the flood and how Noah, Grandpa Noah obeyed God and protected his family and all the animals.
LibraryThing member SJoachim
The illustrations are breathtaking! This is a book that children will enjoy reading on their own or having it read to them. The classic story of Noah and the ark was always one of my favorites and no doubt that this book will be a favorite of mine to read in the classroom.
LibraryThing member Kitrina
This book is about a little boys grandpa who build's a huge Ark for two of every animal so they can survive the rain that will take place for 40 days straight. This book is good to have in the classroom because it shows the love for all animals. This book is suitable for grades 1-3.
LibraryThing member JoClare
Jan Brett's illustrations are utterly charming, I think all of her books are exquisite and this one is no exception. Do not look for strict biblical accuracy here, the story is told through the eyes of Noah's grandchild in a gentle sing-song manner, comforting and tender. The animals steal the show
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however, they are gorgeous. From colorful puffins, to iridescent beetles, to extinct dodos and her signature hedgehogs, the animals are a delight to behold, and when you see them sleeping in a huge jumble, you'll just want to crawl in and join them.
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LibraryThing member jperro2
I enjoyed reading this book. The main idea is to inform children about the story of Noah's Arc, but tell it from a child's perspective, as if they were on the arc as well. One reason I really liked this book is because the words are sparse and the sentences are very short. For example, on one page
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it says "One morning I wake up. I don't hear the rain". I think these sentences are straight to the point but still let the reader know what is going on without boring them. I also like the pictures, not only because they are very vivid and make the reader actually feel like we are crammed in the arc with them, but on the sides of each page there is a different picture that is inside the outline of a certain animal. There are outlines of wolves, camels and seals, all with their own little picture of the arc inside them. That is a neat way to stray from the norm of just the picture in a rectangular box, and children will have a fun time trying to guess what the outline of the animal is.
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LibraryThing member jaelynculliford
A creative retelling of the Biblical Story of Noah's ark. It's told from the point of view of Noah's grandchild. Its creative and colorful. It's an interesting read, but not for public school.
LibraryThing member jfe16
Animals come, two by two, before the rain falls. Then the ark is full and the animals are all crowded together; they push and shove. The ark rocks in the water and the animals fall asleep, all tangled together. Noah’s grandchild untangles them.

Then one day the rain stops and the sun is shining in
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the sky . . . .

This simply-told story speaks to the animals and their survival, and, while it takes some small liberties with the Biblical account of the flood, it shows the young reader that all the creatures of the earth have importance and that there was a plan in place for taking care of the animals when the rain came. It focuses on this one aspect of the Noah story and its retelling is simple and perfect for very young children.

With its exquisite pictures [done in watercolor and gouache], this gentle, heart-warming story is sure to become one of the young reader’s favorites.

Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
Jan Brett's illustrations and writing are always a treat. How she managed to illustrate so many beautiful animals is beyond my comprehension. Her books are always a treat! This one came at a time needed the most!

It is a wonderful stress releasor. This woman has talent!!!!!

five Stars


Buckaroo Book Award (Nominee — 2005)


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32 p.; 11.86 x 9.56 inches


0399240284 / 9780399240287


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