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Rock steady : a story of Noah's Ark
Sting (Musician)
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
A verse retelling of the story of Noah's Ark set in modern times.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 47744.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A verse retelling of the story of Noah's Ark set in modern times.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Pop music superstar Sting gives a classic Bible story a brand new beat in this abbreviated version of "Rock Steady," Sting's funky, modern-day musical take on Noah's Ark (the song appears on his 1987 recording Nothing Like the Sun). A couple quickly signs on for duty after they see an ad in the newspaper: "Volunteers wanted/ For/ a very special trip,/ To commune with Mother Nature/ On a big wooden ship." They set sail under the leadership of "an old guy with a beard" who "heard God's message on the radio." During the 40 days of continuous rainfall, the crew members take some solace in the knowledge that their vessel is "Rock steady" and that they are "sailing with the Lord." Whyte's joyful accompaniment layers Crayola-bright geometric shapes in inviting scenes with varied perspectives. He riffs on an Old Testament-era setting, which immediately puts the story in a familiar context for kids even though it distances them from the impact of Sting's contemporary twist. Young readers will find much to like a rendering of a dove, resplendent in sunlight, is a stunner. Ages 5-8. (May) FYI: Proceeds from the book are being donated to the Rainforest Foundation. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Sting adapts but does not improve his song lyrics about a couple who accompany Noah on his voyage. They volunteer to "-commune with Mother Nature/On a big wooden ship" and help care for the animals during the trip. After rain falls for 40 days and nights, Noah sends a dove to search for dry land. The book assumes a familiarity with the Noah story but adds nothing original to the basic tale. The flat perspective, stylized figures, and gaudy colors add little visual appeal. For a more engaging song version of this legend, try Fiona French's Rise and Shine (Little, Brown, 1989; o.p.) or Pam Paparone's Who Built the Ark? (S & S, 1994). Lucy Cousins makes better use of bright colors and a flat perspective in her Noah's Ark (Candlewick, 1993), while Ann Jonas's Aardvarks, Disembark (Greenwillow, 1990) provides a solid link between the story and ecological considerations. With numerous fine picture-book variations such as these available, libraries can steer clear of Rock Steady.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.