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Summary: The story of Noah's Ark - from building the ark to the rainbow - is told in the rhyming pattern of "Old MacDonald's Farm." There are lots of animals. A caterpillar/butterfly helps children discover that change is part of life.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with boys 2 years old and 4 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Both of the boys liked the colorful pictures and naming the animals. The words were predictable so they could "read" along. The story of Noah led to a discussion about the religious moral of the story.
Adult Reader Reaction: I loved the bright, fun illustrations. I also loved that my son was excited and energized by the lyrical text. I didn't like the page where the animals were "pooing," not just in the illustration but in the text. It's just a personal avoidance of teaching my 4-year-old to say "poo-poo" over and over in fun.
Pros: The illustrations are engaging, kids will recognize the song, and it is a creative way to use a nursery rhyme to tell the story.
Cons: I could do without the "poo-poo here, and a poo-poo there."
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. That said, I would buy this for a church library or Sunday School classroom. It is a fun book to share.