The format makes this a book to be shared by adults and their primary school children. Blank white pages with two part free verse poems alternate with the double-spread illustrations. The poems are meant to be read aloud, preferably by two people--they are dramatic dialogues between Noah and first the materials of the ark, then the animals, the weather, and last, Mount Ararat's land. The subjects and metaphors are striking and unexpected, and if children don't grasp the sense they will appreciate the sound. The poster-style pictures are too consciously child-like, jarringly bright with outsize figures. The large type titles of the poems are repeated in the illustrations in heavy, traceable letters for very early readers. In small doses this will make a good, off-beat book to read aloud, but it isn't as catchy as One Wide River To Cross.