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By: Janet Thomas
Publication Date: October 2011
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: February 2011
Sunbeams peeked through the clouds onto the smiling Noah who held his arms out to his sides as if he were welcoming its rays into his life. God looked favorably upon him and soon Noah received a message from him to “build a big ark and fill it up with his buddies two by two.” The two-story ark began to take shape as Noah hammered away, but the town’s people had little faith in him and only gathered round to laugh and tease him. The clouds stood in contrast to a bright blue sky, but there wasn’t a raindrop to be seen. It did seem like a senseless thing for a man to be doing when the sun was shining so brightly.
Noah lowered the ramp on his ark and the animals began to gather. The sky began to darken as, “Each pair of buddies boarded the ark.” The rain began to fall, but Noah and his buddies were safe and dry inside. There were bright colored animals of all sorts who cuddled against his body for warmth and comfort. There were giraffes, bunnies, ponies, mice, elephants, and of course there was Noah’s buddy, Mrs. Noah, to keep him company. The ark rocked back and forth in the waves, but there was no fear, “as the boat floated for 40 days and 40 nights,” because, “Noah trusted in God.” The rain began to let up and the sky turned blue. Would Noah and his buddies be safe? Would they find a new home?
This charming rendition of the story of Noah and the Ark from the Book of Genesis has been delightfully adapted for presentation to the young child. Many teachers, parents and caretakers, anxious to begin the Christian education of their preschooler, will be pleased with the excitement the “buddies” will bring to this story. The artwork is bold, colorful, and quite appealing. For those who homeschool or are in a Christian ministry there are story verses, story words, and a reflection that can be adapted for use in a lesson plan. This book is an iParenting Media Award Winner.
Quill says: This unique story of Noah and his colorful “buddies” will thrill the young child with its vibrant new take on a classic Biblical tale!
For more information on Noah Buddies: The Story, please visit the author’s website at: www.buddiesbooks.com