WHO BUILT THE ARK? by Pam Paperone

WHO BUILT THE ARK?

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Based on an African-American spiritual, Paparone's version of Noah's gathering is cast as a counting rhyme and illustrated with deft, primitive-style paintings. A snowy-bearded minister leading his congregation in song in the first spreads becomes Noah in subsequent scenes, where he builds the ark and leads the animals to it; six monkeys scamper playfully up the ramp followed by seven ducks (each of a recognizably different kind), eight rabbits, nine various bovines, and, finally, ``five black roosters and five white hens.'' Though pleasantly unpretentious, this pales compared to the spectacular plasticine art in Barbara Reid's Two By Two (1993); considering how familiar its subject is, an additional purchase only. Music with a simple accompaniment included on the endpapers. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-671-87129-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1994




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