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Noah's Animal Friends: A Book and Playset

By Gwen Ellis (Author) & Lucy Barnard (Illustrator)
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When children open the doors of this ark-shaped playset, they'll discover an adorable book, two sheets of press-out characters, and a stand-up panorama backdrop for hours of storytelling and entertainment. Noah's Animal Friends tells the story of Noah and the flood with simple text and cheerful illustrations, while the stand-up characters-drawn in the same charming style-allow children to act out the story for themselves.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Kregel Kidzone
Pages   10
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.56" Width: 11.04" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   1.51 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Kregel Kidzone
ISBN  0825455421  
ISBN13  9780825455421  

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More About Gwen Ellis & Lucy Barnard

Gwen Ellis Gwen Ellis is the bestselling author and owner of Seaside CreativeServices, a speaking, writing, and editing service.

Gwen Ellis currently resides in Ann Arbor, in the state of Michigan. Gwen Ellis was born in 1938.

Gwen Ellis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Read and Share
  2. Read and Share (Tommy Nelson)
  3. Topical Bible Study

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Cute but difficult to manage  Oct 25, 2009
The Deluge is certainly the most horrific act of destruction that this planet has ever experienced, still countless numbers of adults and children find the relation of this event one of the most captivating stories found in the Old Testament. The concept of "two by two", a host of animals on a bulky cargo ship, and a redeemed family living onboard continues to spur artists and authors to create new child-friendly renditions of this timeless event.

Needless to say, many parents don't want to expose their young children to the dreadful realities that such mass destruction created. As such, cheerful board books such as Noah's Animal Friends are written to introduce preschoolers to this pivotal occurrence in human history. Author Gwen Ellis has written the text for a 10 page board book to accompany a unique playset that encourages young children to act out loading the animals onto the ark.

Lucy Barnard's illustrations are charming, whimsical, and unabashedly friendly. Noah and his family all seem very personable, the animals are all smiling. With a varied palette of saturated colors and folk-art influenced characters, the illustrations are incredibly appealing for young children. Ellis' text is warm, and as most simplified versions do - omits more complex details such as seven of certain animals being brought on board. Action words and simple conversational language are used to depict God's instructions to Noah, and the motion of the ark on the water.

The large, heavy cardboard playset immediately captured the hearts of my children, and after punching out some light cardboard animals, they set to work inserting the tabs on the bottom of the animals into slots in the ark. The ark has two doors that open wide, displaying a storage slot for the book, and an art scene - most of the animals have one or two representatives already on board, but there are some singles and Noah himself left loose that need some help getting loaded.

This sounds better than it works. In actuality the slots in the layers of cardboard are tight, and my kids jammed their little animals against them, rendering some of the tabs unusable. I pulled out the tape to do reinforcing, but this was only the start of our troubles. Though clearly geared for preschoolers, it's the rare child who will be able to keep track of the cardboard menagerie that comes with the playset.

With no integral storage for the critters I set my children up with a re-sealable sandwich bag, still the animals rarely made it back to their plastic bag home. After tiring of the chaos of scattered animals I started to pitch them, one by one. Still I occasionally find one lingering behind a toy tub somewhere, and quietly discard it (don't tell my kids!) Older children may do a better job containing their mini-zoo, but then they would be outside of the target age range.

Despite the fact that the animals are mostly gone now, my children still adore the cardboard base -- where the animals didn't hold up to handling, the base is still going strong -- it's indestructible, and they won't let me get rid of it. That just goes to show how appealing the opening doors and charming artwork are. The board book is still with us as well, being sturdily constructed.

Overall Noah's Animal Friends: A Book And Playset is a cute idea, and the type of product Christian grandparents will likely find hard to resist if they stumble across it in a store, but in actually it didn't work out in the day-to-day testing grounds of our family.
Interesting play reinforces story  Mar 29, 2009
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4 ½) and Max (age 2 ½) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (3/09)

"Noah's Animal Friends: A Book and Playset" tells the biblical story of Noah's Ark and comes with many press-out characters and an ark background to play on.

Cayden: "I like the story of Noah's Ark and I liked the pictures in the book. My favorite part is when the dove flew out and found the green branch and they knew they could get off of the ark. This book is cool! You can read the book and then you can move around all of the animals and play with them on the ark. Some of them were hard to get into the holes though."

Max: "I liked to play with the animals and put them on the boat. My favorite is the giraffe."

Parent's comments:

My children love the story of Noah's Ark and this book and playset were a lot of fun for them. Cayden easily punched out all of the characters on his own. The only difficulty that we had was getting the small tabbed animals to go into the slots. A couple of pieces ended up bending a little trying to get them in. Once my children played with the set for awhile it got a little easier. Overall, "Noah's Animal Friends: A Book and Playset" by Gwen Ellis is a wonderful book and the interactive play ensures that your child will remember the story long after the book is read.

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