Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review: Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Noah and the Mighty Ark
By Rhonda Gowler Greene
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Published: April 22, 2014
ISBN: 978-0310732174

Amazon Synopsis:

Noah built the mighty ark. Then he called creatures that crept or crawled or hopped or flew or stomped or tromped, or s-s-slithered too. Children will love hearing how Noah comforts all the animals on their journey. And parents will easily get into the rhyme and 
rhythm of this delightfully told Bible story."

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My Thoughts:

Noah and the Mighty Ark is a delightful book set in rhyme for young children aged 4 to 8. It is filled with bright colourful pictures that beautifully complement the story. Even the endpapers are filled with monochrome pictures of the animals marching two by two towards the ark at one end of the book, an away from the ark at the other.

Children will have fun with their parents counting the animals and naming them. There are animals from many different continents to be found in this book. This book can be a great catalyst for a variety of discussion and learning opportunities.

The story is told in rhyming couplets, showing emphasis on words using italics, boldface type and changes in font size. The story is simply written so that children beginning to read will find success with this book. However the author also provides some challenges for language development such as learning more difficult words like “disembark” and “pitch” (to make it float).

A verse from the Bible (Genesis 6:14-19) is quoted at the beginning of the book which the story is based on. The story is accurately told in a way that will engage the young reader and help them understand the overall concepts of the Biblical event.

The paper is a reasonably heavy weight with a slightly glossy finish. The book is hardcover so that it is durable for young children.

I would highly recommend Noah and the Mighty Ark to any family with young children. I would be a great addition to any library. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers via BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

RHONDA GOWLER GREENE is the author of over 20 children's books. Her books have received various honors, such as School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Children's Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, International Reading Association Children's Choice Book, Junior Library Guild selection, Michigan Reads One State One Children's Book Award, and also starred reviews.
A dynamic speaker, Rhonda loves presenting at schools, libraries, and conferences. She especially likes talking to students of all ages about how to improve their writing.
A former elementary learning disabilities teacher, Rhonda earned her B.A. in elementary and special education from Northern Kentucky University and her master's in educational media from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She currently resides in southeast Michigan.
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