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Naamah and the Ark at Night (edition 2011)

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Holly Meade (Illustrator)

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Title:Naamah and the Ark at Night
Authors:Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Other authors:Holly Meade (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:ETEC 545 - CSULB: Picture Book

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Naamah and the Ark at Night by Susan Campbell Bartoletti



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Thanks Susan for the heads-up on this lovely book! Beautiful, disciplined text, interesting historical thread, awesome artwork. Simple enough in structure for the youngest listeners, but the unusual rhyme scheme (a ghuzul, an Arabic form of poetry) and the rich details in the illustrations (Naamah checks on her grown sons along with all the other animals, the monkeys smile as they nestle together, the hippo's enormous yawn, the incessant rain out the windows) provide plenty to absorb an older audience's attention too. I love the silhouette pages of the lions, giraffes, and hippos with the speckled starry sky behind. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
What a lovely picture book! The illustrations are beautiful, and I liked hearing the flood story from a different perspective. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
Lovely lullaby based on the Noah's Ark story beautifully illustrated in collage art. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Using an extremely disciplined poetry form, Bartoletti crafts a lullaby about Naamah, Noah’s wife, calming the animals at night with her singing. Meade’s lush, dramatic artwork brings the inhabitants of the ark to life. ( )
  STBA | Mar 20, 2013 |
Characters: Naanah, Noah, his sons and their wives, and the animals on Noah’s ark

Setting: Noah’s ark out on the ocean

Theme: Taking care of others

Genre: Picture book

Golden quote (optional): “Naamah sings all through the night.”

Summary: While Noah guides the ark for forty days and forty nights, he does need to sleep at night. However, the animals have a different thought and keep him awake. The animals are restless and Naamah (Noah’s wife) does her best to calm the beasts through singing and stroking their bodies. She even calms Noah’s sons and wives into sleep. All through the night she sings throughout the ark to get everyone and everything to sleep.

Audience: Pre-school through lower elementary ages

Curriculum ties: Music, community

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Personal response: The illustrations of this book are beautiful. The author calls the book a lullaby and I can see why. Each set of pages contains rhymes and the words are designed to be calming when read. I colors are vibrant and the pictures almost look like collage. I can see reading this to small children as a bedtime story. A very nicely done picture book. ( )
  malydon | Feb 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763642428, Hardcover)

As Noah’s wife sings the animals to sleep, an age-old tale is told afresh in a soothing poetic form brought to life with beautiful collage illustrations.

Naamah is the wife of Noah, and her name means "great singer." For forty days and forty nights, as the ark tosses on storm-wracked seas, Naamah sings. She sings to the animals, two by two. She sings to her husband, her sons, and their wives. She sings, and they all sleep, finally at peace. Acclaimed author Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s rhythmic, lyrical text pairs with Caldecott Honor winner Holly Meade’s luminous collage for a cozy, tender lullaby, and an ode to the power of song.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:33 -0400)

Naamah is the wife of Noah, and her name means great singer. For 40 days and 40 nights, as the Ark tosses on the storm-wracked seas, Naamah sings to the animals.

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