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Noah's Ark (Caldecott Honor Book) [Hardcover]

By Jerry Pinkney (Author)
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Item description for Noah's Ark (Caldecott Honor Book) by Jerry Pinkney...

Retells the biblical story of the great flood and how Noah and his family faithfully responded to God's call to save life on earth.

Publishers Description
For 40 days and 40 nights rain poured from the heavens, enveloping the world. Only Noah had been warned by God of the great floodand only Noah could save life on earth. This powerful story of salvation has fascinated people of all ages for centuries. Now, four-time Caldecott Honor-recipient Jerry Pinkney captures all the courage, drama, and beauty of this ancient parable in rich, glorious paintings. Full of sensitive detail and emotion, his art brings new life and meaning to an important message of peace. This elegant edition of "Noah's Ark" promises to give readers strength and hope for many years to come.

Awards and Recognitions
Noah's Ark (Caldecott Honor Book) by Jerry Pinkney has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award - 2002 Honor Book - Younger Readers category
  • Caldecott Medal - 2003 Honor Book - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Noah's Ark (Caldecott Honor Book) by Jerry Pinkney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 10/01/2002 page 1478
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/30/2002 page 69
  • Booklist - 10/01/2002 page 342
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/2002 page 146
  • Horn Book Magazine - 01/01/2003 page 103
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 01/01/2003 page 188
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2003 page 1309
  • Christian Home & School - 05/01/2003 page 26
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 105
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 4
  • Booklist - 10/01/2003 page 333
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 105
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 39

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Chronicle Books
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 9.78" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2002
Publisher   Chronicle Books
Age  5-8
ISBN  1587172011  
ISBN13  9781587172014  

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More About Jerry Pinkney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at

Jerry Pinkney currently resides in Croton-On-Hudson, in the state of New York.

Jerry Pinkney has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Picture Puffin Books

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Reviews - What do customers think about Noah's Ark (Caldecott Honor Book)?

Noah's Ark  Sep 7, 2008
I have given this book to two new parents at a shower with a personal note written inside. The illustrations are wonderful, and there are several decorating products utilizing the Noah's ark theme for nurseries that would be great as additional gifts. I am a personal fan of Jerry Pinkney, and as a former elementary media specialist, find this a very well-done children's book with which to begin a library for a special child. B. Gail Smith
The Bounty of Listening to Divine Orders  Jan 17, 2007
This is a wonderful illustrated book about the biblical tale of Noah's Ark. When the rest of the world laughed because Noah followed God's orders to build an ark.... he was saved from the washing cleanse of the flood. A\A wonderful reminder of why to follow the Divine Plan.
Many waters  Jan 27, 2005
Now it seems to me that if you're the kind of person who goes around deciding to write a whole new picture book about the story of Noah's ark, you have two choices before you. You can try to reinterpret the classic tale in a new, amusing, or artistic way. "Noah's Ark" by Peter Spier (which won a Caldecott) falls into this category. It's a funny, wordless, different look at the story. The other way is to be epic, bold, and (to be frank) humorless. And in this camp we find Jerry Pinkney's, "Noah's Ark". Telling the story of Noah word for word without any digressions or spots of flamboyant creativity, this book is a straightforward encapsulation of the story we all know so very very well. It's a lovely work and certainly a pleasure to page through but it's gosh darn earnest. A book that takes itself a little too seriously.

I guess I could sum up the story of Noah's ark here, but you probably are familiar with the text. If not, it goes like this: People bad, Noah good. God tells Noah to go and build an arky arky. Animals come two by two, world floods, world unfloods, animals disembark. Noah good, rainbows good, the end. The book doesn't say which version of the Bible Pinkney got the words for this book from, but it's very clear that he's staying very close to the original text. This is a matter-of-fact story. Fortunately, Pinkney livens it up some with his customary style. The animals are all over this book, from blue-faced baboons to the delicate soaring butterflies. Pinkney even begins the book with a reiteration of "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth", complete with animals swimming, flying, and lurking. This fades beautifully into the subsequent story. Then, at the end of the book, you see the Earth dotted with beautiful rainbows as the text explains how the cycles of the globe, "shall never cease as long as the earth endures". Wraps the book up nicely, it does.

But for the man who brought the world the eclectic and incredibly original "Sam and the Tigers", it seems odd to be that he'd show the Noah story in such an old-fashioned light. Here, Noah and his family are white people in robes. The ark (a spectacular image of the ark's frame alone makes the book worth paging through) is exactly as it always appears in books and paintings. There's nothing in this book that makes the story particularly ... well.... human. It's serious business going on here. Serious epic rebirth-of-humanity type stuff. But would it have killed him to have placed a visual gag somewhere? Told a line with more punch and less sobriety?

I guess I should never have looked at the Peter Spier book before coming to this one. That was my problem. Don't get me wrong... this book is truly lovely. And if you want a matter-of-fact retelling of Noah, there's no better place to look than here. But if you have a sense of humor, a penchant for pairing the beautiful with the jolly, and a love of new ways of looking at old stories, do not come to Jerry Pinkney. Come to Peter Spier instead. Mr. Pinkney has written a variety of interesting new picture books with important lessons. This book is good, but one of his less inventive works.
Nice way to tell the old Bible story  Mar 12, 2003
I thought this was really well written for kids to understand. The illustrations are also very nice and decorative. This story would let little kids know what happened with the big flood in a short, easily understandable way. This is also a new version too. There are other versions out there in children's books that tell the story about Noah's Ark. But in my opinion, this beats all the other ones by far. The text is pretty descriptive. This helps so that little children can understand and picture the story easier in their minds. The story also illustrates how strong Noah's faith had to be to go and build an ark and all. The story sets a prime example of how everyone's faith should be. Noah didn't quit building the ark, he had faith and continued his mission from God.

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