On Noah's Ark

On Noah's Ark

by Jan Brett

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Overview

A marvelous menagerie from Jan Brett!

Jan Brett's intricate illustrations against a beautiful papyrus background make a stunning picture book of a favorite story -- this time featuring Noah's granddaughter. As the floodwaters rise, she helps take the animals onto the ark and get them settled down. But it's not easy when giraffes are sleeping next to pandas and lions are curled up with turkeys. Finally the gentle rocking of the ark lulls them all to sleep until the waters recede and Grandpa Noah, his family, and all the animals leave the ark. This simple telling, combined with the extraordinary illustrations of every animal imaginable, makes On Noah's Ark perfect for young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399240287
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/29/2003
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 211,229
Product dimensions: 11.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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On Noah's Ark


By JAN BRETT

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS

Copyright © 2003 Jan Brett
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0399240284


Chapter One

Grandpa Noah says that the rains are coming. Soon the land will be covered with water.

Grandpa Noah is building an ark for our family and the animals to live on until it stops raining.

The ark is ready.

The animals go in two by two.

Big animals thump and bump onto the ark.

Middle-sized animals clip-clop by. Small animals squeeze in.

Flying creatures perch on beams above.

Swimming animals splish-splash below.

It rains and it rains.

Only the tops of mountains poke up above the water.

It is crowded inside the ark.

The animals push and shove each other.

The ark rocks back and forth like a giant cradle.

The animals fall asleep all jumbled in together.

(Continues...)



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On Noah's Ark 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
azsunshine3946 More than 1 year ago
Jan Brett is amazing. Not only does she write the story, she also does all the illustrations. What a talent! I would recommend any of her books. The family favorites are THE MITTEN and THE HAT. We have purchased others of Jan Brett's books. Highly recommended!
CarolinaGirlRS More than 1 year ago
Jan Brett's book about Noah's Ark is charming. It's the story of Noah's granddaughter's experience during the journey. The illustrations are beautiful and lush giving a feel of realism to the story. You want to crawl into the pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The artwork in this book is beautiful - as it is in all of Jan Brett's books. They should all be a part of a child's book collection.
kaitlinc23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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
megjwal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 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.
ericajohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good idea to come from noah's grandduaghters perspective but it's a little different and odd to me..
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful detailed illustrations. Features a child who helps care for the animals on board. We like all of Jan Brett's books, as they have both literary and artistic value.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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Paired this beautiful book with the Melissa and Doug Noah's Ark sorting toy for a unique toddler gift - a very big hit with both parents and child.
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