A Prayer for the Earth

Author : Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Available : Rented
Age Group :Children
Kindergarten-Grade 3. In a departure from the numerous versions of Noah and the ark, this story centers on Noah?s wife, Naamah. After God commands Noah to build an ark and gather all the animals, he then commands Naamah to gather two of every seed. Dutifully, she collects seeds from every tree from ??acacia to ziziphus,?? from every flower from ??the amaryllis to the zinnia,?? and fruits and vegetables from ??apples to zucchini.?? They are carefully arranged on the ark and clearly labeled as a garden, not as food supplies. This garden provides a peaceful respite for Noah and Naamah from the fretful and noisy storm-tossed animals. Later, it is Naamah who soothes the Raven sent out as the first messenger and plants all the growing things after the Flood and whom God calls the Mother of Seed. The text is low-key, descriptive, and suitable for reading aloud to audiences in search of a gentle heroine; it will appeal to those who revere growing things and enjoy biblical tales. The watercolor art aptly conveys the mood and provides vivid splashes of greens, reds, oranges, and blues although some of the scenes seem more appropriate for the Garden of Eden than the Flood.

Kindergarten-Grade 3. In a departure from the numerous versions of Noah and the ark, this story centers on Noah?s wife, Naamah. After God commands Noah to build an ark and gather all the animals, he then commands Naamah to gather two of every seed. Dutifully, she collects seeds from every tree from ??acacia to ziziphus,?? from every flower from ??the amaryllis to the zinnia,?? and fruits and vegetables from ??apples to zucchini.?? They are carefully arranged on the ark and clearly labeled as a garden, not as food supplies. This garden provides a peaceful respite for Noah and Naamah from the fretful and noisy storm-tossed animals. Later, it is Naamah who soothes the Raven sent out as the first messenger and plants all the growing things after the Flood and whom God calls the Mother of Seed. The text is low-key, descriptive, and suitable for reading aloud to audiences in search of a gentle heroine; it will appeal to those who revere growing things and enjoy biblical tales. The watercolor art aptly conveys the mood and provides vivid splashes of greens, reds, oranges, and blues although some of the scenes seem more appropriate for the Garden of Eden than the Flood.

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