Two by Two
4 journalers for this copy...
This somewhat battered book was one that I bought online, and I only discovered after it arrived that its title page was missing - a shame, but at least all the illustrated pages are still there, and they're impressive!
It's an account of the story of Noah and the Ark, from the "dirty deeds" of the people [these are illustrated mainly as picking pockets or over-indulging in sweets; I suppose it was too much to expect a clay orgy!] to God's rather chilling command to "Wash it clean! Let them drown!" [Many versions of this story - especially the ones aimed at kids - seem to gloss over the part about condemning so many people to death, so I give it points for keeping that clear.]
The tough decision having been made, the story switches to the building and loading of the ark, so most of the book features incredibly detailed bas-reliefs-in-plasticine of Noah and his family, the landscapes surrounding his village, and as many different kinds of creatures as the artist could fit in. The page with pandas and penguins (and skunks, zebras, and cows) is a poem in black and white. One picture is of all kinds of cats, tigers to tabbies, with stripes and spots galore - and with the pair of lynxes eyeing the pair of domestic cats very closely indeed. There's an aerial view as the rain begins to fall, showing more critters scooting up the ramp - and it even shows the animal tracks in the mud at the base of the ramp! In another picture, the ostriches look around in consternation as the porcupines waddle between their feet...
When the waters rise and the ark floats, there's a haunting image of a sunken city with whales and other sea creatures swimming above it, and the ark floating away in the distance. But the next image shows a charming interior view of the ark stuffed with living things - so much detail, from the planking on the ship to the laundry on the line, must have been an immense task.
The simple rhymes of the story are bouncy and would be fun to read aloud, but it's the illustrations that make this book.
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...and back to GoryDetails in New Hampshire.
The book's on its way to BCer AmaniS in Germany, to kick off the bookring. Hope you enjoy it!
Very nice pictures.
I will keep it until next week and then send it out.
The kids will enjoy a new story in English.
Thanks to GoryDetails for arranging this ring.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Since a heavy rainstorm is moving in today, I thought it'd be a good time to release this book - not that I hope anyone actually needs an ark this time! I plan to leave the book propped up near one of the gas pumps at the Shell station at Exit 4, some time around 9 AM; hope the finder enjoys it!