Noah's Ark

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Bible story told in spectacular panoramas.




Caldecott Medal and Honors

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Noah is a good man who shows kindness and caring, especially to the animals.

Violence & scariness

Slight reference is made to the violent world that was the reason for the flood.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that intricate watercolor illustrations tell this traditional story. Slight reference to killings and war is made early on, as in the Bible tale, and later pages show some animals being left behind. Parents should be prepared to discuss those things if kids take notice. However, the beauty of the book far, far outweighs anything negative.

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What's the story?

Before the rains come, Noah builds and loads the ark, a wooden boat which for weeks floats alone with its menagerie on the vast sea. Finally, the sea subsides, the ark finds land, and Noah releases the animals to repopulate the earth while he rebuilds his vineyard under a rainbowed sky.

Is it any good?


This tale is straight from the Bible, with no surprises, but the illustrations that tell it are masterpieces. Drawn with delicate black ink lines and painted with an amazingly sensitive touch of watercolor, pages are blocked with several pictures that teem with life, emotion, and humor.

This is a wonderful book, just one of the many that demonstrate Peter Spier's talents as an illustrator and storyteller. It begins with the translation of a Dutch poem about Noah's ark written in the 1600s by Jacobus Revius. From then on, it belongs to Spiers and the world he creates with his pen and paints.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this book as a traditional Bible story. Why did God choose Noah to build the ark? What is an ark? How did Noah choose the animals? Families might talk about the amazing illustrations. Younger kids will enjoy naming the animals they see and noticing how they live on the ark. Older kids, and adult readers, will enjoy sharing the humor of Noah's wife standing on the basket in fear of the mice, Noah shooing away the swarm of bees, and the many other small touches.

Book details

Author:Peter Spier
Illustrator:Peter Spier
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Dell Dragonfly Books
Publication date:August 1, 1992
Number of pages:48
Read alone:2
Award:Caldecott Medal and Honors

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCimerax September 15, 2012

Horrible for Kids

It's a story about an angry skydaddy that kills everyone on the planet, because he didn't like the things that his omniscient face knew they were going to do. The fact that most American parents brainwash their kids into believing this crap is sickening.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bymjeffsc April 18, 2013


It is a positive Biblical book that every Christian Family should have. I would suggest getting all the books that this company makes. Good and fun book about the flood that the whole family will enjoy!
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