Overview Retells in pictures how a pair of every manner of creature climbed on board Noah's ark and thereby survived the Flood.
Publishers Description "the book is a triumph, the definitive Noah's Ark."--"Publishers Weekly" Winner of the Caldecott Medal, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Peter Spier's "Noah's Ark" has been the iconic edition of this tale for nearly 40 years, in print continuously since its debut in 1977. In Spier's imaginative retelling, readers witness the danger and the grandeur of the terrifying flood but also the lighter moments: Noah's wife jumping on a crate to avoid the rats; Noah shooing all but two bees from a busy hive; and all the animal babies being born in the spring. It's an illustration feat that's both majestic and tender.
Awards and Recognitions Noah's Ark by Peter Spier has received the following awards and recognitions -
Caldecott Medal - 1978 Winner - Picture Book category
Citations And Professional Reviews Noah's Ark by Peter Spier has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 54
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 35
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 40
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Studio: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 10.66" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 1977
Publisher Doubleday Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0385094736 ISBN13 9780385094733
Availability 0 units.
More About Peter Spier
On his arrival in the United States in 1952, PETER SPIER became one of this country's most popular and renowned illustrators. His books, acclaimed by critics and readers alike, have won numerous awards and honors: Noah's Ark won the Caldecott Medal and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night was a Caldecott Honor Book. People was awarded the Christopher Medal and was also nominated for an American Book Award and received the National Mass Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "outstanding contributions to better human relations and the cause of brotherhood." Mr. Spier was born and educated in Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States he served in the Royal Dutch Navy. He illustrated over one hundred books, and his work can be found in museums and private collections across the country. In addition to illustrating and writing, Mr. Spier was an avid and celebrated builder of model ships. Peter Spier died in 2017, at the age of 89.
Reviews - What do customers think about Noah's Ark?
for my granddaughter May 5, 2008
This is one of my all time favorite picture books for all ages. Peter Spiers beautiful illustrations need no words to tell this story. The possibilities for interacting with a child are endless as you wander through the familiar and find the surprising! My granddaughter is 2 years old and loves animals. What could be a better birthday gift?
A Beautiful Book with Wide Appeal Apr 19, 2008
The happy and humorous tone of this book will make it appealing to any child, whatever the family's religion.
The only text is at the beginning and it is a charming translation of a poem that summarizes the story of Noah. The poem is delightful in and of itself- Spier did a great job of translating.
The illustrations are then left without text, which is very refreshing, since there are so few picture books nowadays. I enjoy leisurely paging through this book with my young daughter, talking about the pictures in and of themselves, as pieces of art and as pictures that tell a story. I feel that the pressure is off in terms of trying to finish a sentence or a story when there is no text there.
In addition, this book is appropriate for Muslim families as well, since the illustrations (and beginning poem) are sufficiently vague as to accommodate for the small differences in the telling of the story in the Qu'ran and the Bible.
Noah's Ark Mar 28, 2008
My first Peter Spier book. Not saccharine, wonderful details (including Noah mucking out the ark). Great to have a child read to YOU.
Love It! Oct 1, 2007
This is an excellent picture book - my three year old really loves it. My only "complaint" is that it takes a long time to go through all the pictures and talk about each one making it less than ideal right before bed unless you want to spend 20 minutes on just one book! Seriously though - the book is just wonderful and allows parents to go into whatever level of detail regarding the Noah story as they feel is appropriate for the age of their child. It is a softcover and the pages and cover are not of the highest quality - it would be lovely to have in hardcover with larger pages.
Pictures worth a thousand words... Jul 12, 2006
This book really does not need any words. It is so well illustrated that you can understand every part of the story. His detailing is stunning. Every time we read this book, we find new details. This is the best book of Noah's ark story!