Thursday, April 11, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - Nora's Ark - I'm Giving One Away!

Pretty much everyone has heard of Noah's Ark. We all know the account of the animals going two by two to escape the flood on Noah's floating zoo. Many, many children's books have been written about this Bible event, so when I received news of a new book about the ark, I thought, "Oh. Another Noah's ark book." But, this one is most certainly different . . . and utterly enjoyable!

Nora's Ark
Author - Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator - Nora Hilb
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 

Favorite Features -
  • Adorable and delightful story of a little girl named Nora and how she "builds" her own "ark" in her backyard, "Just like Noah. Well . . . not just like Noah!"
  • I love how Nora welcomes animals on her "ark" . . . "Just like Noah. Well . . . not just like Noah!" (Although I would have let the spiders drown if I were Noah . . . and Nora!!!!)
  • Fun illustrations add to the enjoyment of this book - love the bird with the umbrella and the Orca!
This fun story is creative, unique and, as I said, utterly enjoyable! I love the comparisons between Noah and Nora, such as; "Finally the rain began. Just like in Noah's time. Well . . . not just like Noah's time. It didn't rain on Elm Street for forty days and forty nights. It only rained for about forty minutes, maybe thirty-five." How cute is that!!!  I also love the ending where Nora is called to supper and sees a rainbow which, "makes her heart sing . . . just like Noah's!"

When you enjoy this book with your grandchildren ask them if they can tell you how things would have been if Nora had been, just like Noah! Nora's Ark is sure to be a favorite book, as it well should be!

I'm delighted to say not only did Zonderkidz send me one Nora's Ark book for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! The drawing will be on May 3, 2013, so if you'd like to be in the drawingplease comment below to let me know if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win Nora's Ark and it gives you several ways to enter the give-aways!


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