Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Book Review #253
Noah's Ark by Peter Spier
Rating: one star (out of four)

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 outside, just standing there because they didn't get to board the ark because they already had two of that kind.  It starts to rain and then in the next picture half of the animals are gone and the other half (the tall ones) are mid-body length deep in water.  And then the next picture?  The animals are gone!  The water is all around the ark and there are no animals.  What do you say to a child that's been reading this?
Child: "What happened to the other animals?  They were just there a page ago?"
You: "um, well, they went for a swim...a rather short swim...because they kind of...uh, drowned..."
No, I'm pretty sure you can't say that.  
I didn't care for this book and I wouldn't recommend it.

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