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 bee and the fox, the sheep and the ox--two of each kind trudged aboard Noah's famous vessel. Peter Spier uses his own translation of a seventeenth-century Dutch poem about this most famous menagerie.
"The colors are lovely. The scenes are unbelievably detailed...the book is a triumph, the definitive 'Noah's Ark.'" --Publishers Weekly.
A Caldecott Medal Book, The American Book Award, An ALA Notable Children's Book, A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year (1977), The Christopher Award, International Board on Books for Young People Honor List.
Citations And Professional Reviews Noah's Ark by Peter Spier has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 09/07/1992
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 35
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 33
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Studio: Dragonfly Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 10.25" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1992
Publisher Dragonfly Books
ISBN 0440406935 ISBN13 9780440406938
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?
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!
Peter Spier's Children's Classic Oct 11, 2005
Artist and author Peter Spier, provides books that can inspire, entertain and educate both the mind of children and adults alike. His intricate drawings are full of detail and his choice of topics always serve to spark curiosity and focus youth on stories that will last with them their entire lives.
Noah's Ark is one of Mr.Spier's best known works, a definate classic, yet I would encourage parents to seek his many other titles as well. "We the People", "People", "Bored nothing to do" etc.
Growing up in Shoreham, New York where Mr Spier resides, certainly was good fortune as I was able to be introduced to the works of this world class story teller and artist. Mr.Spier's works inspired me as a youngster and are books I will pass on to my own children. We could use more of such thoughtful and inspiring children's material. You cannot go wrong with any of Mr Spier's titles.
noahs ark May 4, 2005
This picture book starts with a rhyme and then is all pictures that sequence what getting ready for the great flood and life on the ark would have been like. It is a winner of the Caldecott Medal, and for good reason because of the detailed illustrations. The content is appropriate and would be enjoyable for all ages. It will appeal to kids because of all the animals and adults will appreciate the detailed intricate drawings. The book mostly takes place on the Ark and in the time leading up to the flood. The book could be slightly stereo typical because Noah and his family are white and they were probably not white. There is only one page with text on it and it has a poem. It is a very good poem that had been translated from German. The theme of the story is sequential and easy to tell what is going on. The illustrations are the story. They follow the poem because the poem talks about the story, which is in the Bible. The pictures are very detailed and seem to be accurate from what the story tells. It gives insight into a glamorized event. The pictures look like they could be colored pencil and watercolors or oil paints. Spier has used lines to illustrate the rain but they are very interesting. There are a couple of pages that are just the Ark and the water. It is very inspiring. The book size is appropriate to the picture. It gave ample room for illustrations and was able to make them big enough to see the details. There was no cover work on the book. The first page of the book explains why Noah was picked and is very insightful as well. The end page shows the promise of the rainbow and hope of the land being rebuilt and planted. The paper is durable and the book is a hard cover. Overall, the book is very creative. Mr. Spier has done other very creative artwork and illustrations. This book would be a good addition to every child's library of books.
The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed Jun 17, 2004
A far peppier illustrated version of the tale of Noah's Ark than I've encountered before. On picking up this book I was greatly afraid that perhaps I'd be reading some dour staid careful accounting of the exact facts surrounding Noah, his ark, and the animals that stayed on it. Instead, I was somewhat relieved to find that this was a rather cheery offering. Here, wry wit and realism pop up in the most unexpected of placed. To my mind, there is no story so great that a little humor can't make it even better. "Noah's Ark" backs up this belief.
We begin with the oddest of two page spreads. On the left page, in the distance, we see an army marching away from a burning city. Along the side of the road, men and cows have been indiscriminately slaughtered, and they lie in small pools of blood in a dead burnt field. On the right page, Noah is tenderly harvesting his grapes. A single shaft of light illuminates him and in the distance we see his house and livestock, awake, alive, and contented. All the text says here is, "...But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord". Thus begins our tale. Slowly (and wordlessly) the ark is built. Opposite a page where Noah's sons are loading up the ark with a host of necessary provisions (things like shoes, hoes, rakes, barrels of food, watering cans, etc.) is "The Flood" by Jacobus Revius (1586-1658). Author Peter Spier has taken the liberty of translating this from the original Dutch, and the poem consists mostly of a listing of the kinds of creatures that boarded the ark. This is the only explanation of plot the book contains. From here on in, "Noah's Ark" is a wordless affair, reminiscent of the books of Anno. We watch as animals are collected and gathered. The floods rise and Noah & Co. deal with the little day-to-day problems of taking care of all the animals in the world. Baby animals are born and, in the end, the ark stops atop a mountain and the world begins anew. The final words in this story are placed against a scene of animals grazing once more under a beautiful rainbow in the sky. As Noah works in the field it reads, "...and he planted a vineyard". So it goes.
The humor is evident right from the start. I knew I was in good hands when I saw an imperial Noah shoo away a flock of bees from a hive. Only two fly inside. There's a donkey that refuses to be coaxed inwards as well. Best of all, the shot of Noah mucking out the animals' stables (a large job in and of itself). Spier chooses to separate his scenes with moments of quiet reflection. A mélange of animal and Noah pics is followed by a two page blue and white spread that contains a tiny silhouetted ark on the distant seas. There are a couple sad moments in this book as well. No child is going to enjoy the shot of the extraneous animals standing morosely outside the now full ark. As the water rises the animals disappear from view, obviously drowned. It's a touch dark.
All in all, this is a fine piece of work. There is a dearth of quality wordless picture books out there. To find something as beautiful to look at and pleasurable to glance through as Spier's, "Noah's Ark", is a rare treat indeed. All at once tender and detailed, colorful and creative, it's a sure fire favorite for any kid with a yen for a good story. This book is certain to retain its status as beloved of adults and children alike.
Beautiful, But... Sep 24, 2001
Peter Spier certainly deserves all the praise he has received for this lovely book. Still, I have to admit to feeling heartbroken -- even at my age -- by the pictures of the doomed animals for whom there is no space on board, watching the Ark forlornly as the waters rise around them.
Yes, that's how the story goes, but perhaps parents might want to decide in advance how to respond if their child asks anxious questions about what will happen to the animals left outside.