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Naamah and the Ark at Night

Naamah and the Ark at Night - Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Holly Meade Enchantingly beautiful in every way. There are the illustrations by Holly Meade that capture the magic of the stormy night as the ark is at sea. There is the verse form used, the ghazal, which was new to me and perfectly chosen for it's lilting, song-like, ancient qualities. There is the biblical element of the story, and this new ark story is unlike any I've ever read. And, it's a bedtime book. A mother singing to the animals and her family on the ark, soothing their restlessness, and relaxing them to sleep. What more can you ask for? Each depiction is slightly over-sized, even the text, filling up each two page spread with larger than life imagery. Perfect for immersing oneself and a little one in an evening ritual. An author's note in the back describes her personal inspiration, giving readers an opportunity for further introspection about one of the most well-known tales in the Bible.