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The story of Noah and the ark : according to the book of Genesis : from the King James Bible
Spirin, Gennady, illustrator.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Genesis VI-IX. English. Authorized. Selections. 2004.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, [2004]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Illustrations accompany the Biblical text telling how Noah obeyed God's command to build an ark in order to survive the great flood.
General Note:
one folded poster on p. 3 of cover.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.8 0.5 107458.
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BS1233 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. A magnificently illustrated edition of a favorite Bible story The story of Noah: he builds an ark, gathers his family, and brings the animals two by two into the ark to save them from the flood. From the tumultuous waters to the dignity and beauty of the animals, Gennady Spirin's sumptuous illustrations are a feast for the eyes and the imagination.Mr. Spirin has drawn on his classical training and his Orthodox Christian faith to create a lavish book that people of all ages and faiths can enjoy.

Author Notes

Gennady Spirin was born on Christmas Day in 1948 in a small town near Moscow. He is a graduate of the Stroganov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and has received many awards for his work both in the United States and internationally. Mr. Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. In a series of beautiful oil paintings, Spirin illustrates the story of Noah's ark. Far less childlike than most interpretations, his skillfully rendered pictures of ark, animals, storm, and flood are particularly accessible to older children. The scale of the illustrations is vast, encompassing dimly lit but exquisitely detailed cities, landscapes, and seascapes. Even as the people and the animals disembark and the rainbow appears, the scenes are dark, as though taking place at dusk. One unusual feature is God's appearance in some of the illustrations, in which he is personified as a majestic, bearded man appearing above boxes of text. A handsome, if somewhat somber, traditional interpretation of Noah's story. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

With characteristically graceful watercolor-and-pencil illustrations in dusty earth tones, Spirin (Moses: The Long Road to Freedom, Children's Religion Forecasts, Jan. 26) throws his hat into the substantial ring of Noah's Ark picture books. What makes Spirin's approach different is the formality of his design and style. As in his Easter and Christmas books, the language comes straight from the King James Bible. Here the passages appear as large blocks of text on several double-page spreads, framed by an image of God presumably delivering these words from the heavens, and later, featuring Noah releasing dove and raven from the ark's window (the passages are referenced in spot art as well). In each case, the text is followed by numerous pages of sweeping paintings that depict such key scenes as the roiling, ominous dark seas and clouds, the parade of animal pairs and Noah's family. Spirin's finely crafted portraits of a bearded Noah with a gentle countenance, and of creatures that appear simultaneously realistic and fantastic, beg close inspection. A poster packaged inside the back cover features three scenes from the book connected as one continuous mural-a perspective that only heightens this story's grand scope and scale. Unlike more kid-friendly retellings, the initial passages and art clearly depict God's displeasure as something to be feared, making God's generous post-flood blessing and covenant all the more moving. Neither cute nor ingratiating, this rendition of the Bible favorite is one to inspire awe. All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Spirin uses excerpts from the King James Version of Genesis to accompany his watercolor paintings of Noah's story. God is remote and majestic, an old man with flowing white hair and beard. He towers above the world, pronouncing watery judgment, and remains aloof even beneath his rainbow sign of promise. The enormous ark dwarfs Noah, his sons, and even the elephants helping with its construction. The panorama of animals boarding the vessel is more impressive in the accompanying poster, which opens to more than three feet, than in the sequence of spreads. Teeming with exotic animals, these images bring to mind the work of early masters such as Jan Brueghel. When God summons destruction, the palette darkens further, and the paintings recall the apocalyptic deluge scenes by artists such as John Martin. Spirin includes the flights of the raven and dove, the disembarkation, and Noah's prayers of thanks. Perhaps parents or church-school teachers in search of a picture book using the KJV of Genesis will welcome this offering. However, the old-fashioned language and dark, formal paintings offer little to entice most children browsing the shelves themselves.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.