Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanks-Giveaway #2 - An Amazing Noah Picture Book




Noah.  

So many thoughts come to my mind when I think of this notorious Bible character.  The faith.  The courage.  The strength.  The obedience. 

Would I have been obedient in Noah's circumstances?  Am I obedient now when God asked me to do things that appear crazy?

When the opportunity came up for me to review the brand new book Noah: A Wordless Picture Book illustrated by Mark Ludy, I was intrigued.  Would it be just like every other Noah book that I have looked through?  Or, would this one be different?  From the very first page, I learned that this book would be on another level.


I sat down with Little Man (age 6) to have my first look.  I knew it was a wordless book but Little Man didn't.  He saw the first page and said, "Cool!"  The illustrations kind of jump out at you and your eyes beg to dive deeper into all that is occurring on each page.  Being so caught up in the pictures, it took Little Man a few minutes to realize there weren't words.


The first few pictures show Noah and his wife living a normal life.  The next set demonstrate the emotions that Noah felt upon hearing from God to build the boat.  I love his wife's face in the image above.  So telling.  All of the emotions expressed are amazing.  Next is an architecturally sketch of the ark.  Little Man and I had a great conversation explaining that God give Noah specific instructions.  Then the book takes you on the journey of building the ark, gathering animals, the flood, and God's promise.

I love the little things that Mr. Ludy adds to the story.  The dinosaur helping to build the ark.   The tears coming from Noah's eyes as he begs people to join him as a flood is coming.  Snow falling and the clothes line on the ark.  Fishing off the side of the ark and Noah's love for the animals.  These add so much life to the story.

After reading through the story, I told Little Man that the illustrator hid a little mouse named Squeakers on each page.  He has spent hours looking for this little mouse on every page.  We have only found him on about 25% of the 64 pages.  You really have to look!  But in looking for Squeakers, you see so many aspects of the pictures that you would have missed otherwise.  I found out that the author has not yet revealed where all the Squeakers are.  So...we will continue to scour each page for the little mouse.


And because I have to give my honest opinion and show you both sides...

I feel like I know the story of Noah pretty well.  But even then, I wasn't quite sure what the illustrator was trying to share on a few pages.  Also, the book shows that Noah's children were born after Noah heard from God to build the boat.  I am not a Bible scholar but I question the accuracy on this.  (Be sure to contact me if you have wisdom to share!)  Either way, I would encourage you to read the Biblical account of Noah before looking through the book.  Without prior knowledge it would be hard to lead a child through this book.

Second, I felt like the pictures included a lot of modern touch.  Once again, I am not a scholar on pre-flood tools and home products but I question whether Noah truly had hanging glass lanterns with decorative additions in the ark.  The tools look very modern as well.  The glass windows are gorgeous but not sure about timely.  Then again, let me know if I am incorrect!  

Last, a couple of illustrations can be a little dark by showing people falling to their death or drowning.  While this is very accurate and a fact of life, it could be a little much for younger kiddos.  I used the situation as a teachable moment to explain to Little Man that there are consequences for disobedience and not listening to God's warnings.  No, it probably won't be death instantly, but disobedience has definite consequences.  Then we discussed the consequences that he has when he choices his way over God's way.

No book will be 100%, exactly what you desire.  But those few things can be wonderful conversations starters with your child (age appropriate, of course) if you grab hold of the opportunity.

In review:  Noah: A Wordless Picture Book.  Opening your eyes to a man who obeyed God.



Giveaway

I am very excited that FlyBy Promotions has allowed me to giveaway a copy of Noah: A Wordless Picture Book as the second product of our two months of Thanks-Giveaway.  This book would make a wonderful addition to your home library or a gift under the tree for someone special in your life.

Enter to win a copy of this book by leaving a comment with your first name and last initial on this post along with sharing your favorite Bible story.   

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Giveaway details:  I will choose and announce one random winner on this blog on Friday, November 14th.   (So, be sure to check back to see if you have won!)  You will have until Thursday (11-13-14) at 7:00 p.m. (CST) to enter in this giveaway.  You must have an US or Canadian address to win.  I will also be announcing the next fabulous giveaway for Thanks-Giveaway on the 17th!

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P.S.  Did you know that the ABCJLM website contains a plethora of ideas to teach the story of Noah to the children in your life?  Check them out!




Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of this product in exchange for this review and post.  

40 comments :

  1. Would love to win this for my family! The book looks so unique! My favorite Bible story is The story of God calling out to Samuel and Eli telling Samuel that it is God. Angela P

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  2. Great illustrations.
    Favorite story is that of Joseph because it gives so many great life lessons and messages. Working hard with little and your opportunity to do much will come. Not speaking against others despite how they have wronged you, "life is not fair," and ultimately forgiveness and restoration.

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  3. would love to win this! my favorite bible story is the story of the fiery furnace and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. i love telling it to my children.

    Jessica C.

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  4. Tracy k. My favorite bible story is Ruth and Naomi.

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  5. Nicole M I love the story of Gideon:)

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  6. Priti D. My son's favorite Bible story is jonah and the whale. He will love figuring the story of this pictureless book.

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  7. Amber S. I'm studying the life of Moses this year and have identified so much with the grumbling, forgetful Israelites. I am thankful for our God's mercy and compassion!

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  8. Bethany H.

    My favorite Bible story is when Moses' mom decides to hide him from being killed by Pharoah by placing him in a basket on the river and trusting God will save him. I can't imagine having to do that with my baby boy! And then God shows how he cares about the details and allows the mom to be the wet nurse for Moses after the princess had found him. This story really pulls at my heart as a mom and is also a beautiful example of God's faithfulness to redeem any situation for his greater plan!

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  9. Brandie B

    My favorite story has always been Noah, because the Lord gave a promise to never destroy people by flood again. Every rainbiw I pause to thank God for his love.

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  10. Carlene M

    Favorite Story- Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead

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  11. Mindy T.
    We would love to have this book!
    Love the story of Gideon!

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  12. Kristen E
    Favorite story is Daniel

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  13. Karen V.
    I would love to have this book for my little ones! My favorite Bible story is Hosea and Gomer, as it is such a beautiful example of God's unending love even when we are unfaithful.

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  14. Would love this book as well! Fantastic! My favorite bible story is the story of Esther. What a strong woman of courage and picture of trusting in the Lord!

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  15. Looks like a beautiful book my family would enjoy. My favorite story is when the Lord speaks to young Samuel. Thanks! Linda G.

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  16. Elizabeth S. The story of Nehemiah rebuilding .

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  17. Helena H. My favorite story is that of Joseph.

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  18. Sarah G. (I thought I had already posted, so if this is a duplicate, feel free to delete it!)
    Joseph & his dream coat followed closely by the nativity

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  19. Melanie P. too hard to pick a favorite! Love Gideon, Daniel, David, the prodigal son... :)

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  20. Amy m.
    the birth of Jesus.

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  21. Cloudnine_86. (Subscribed to blog)

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  22. Debra C

    My favorite Bible story is Joseph. When I first started teaching Sunday School, the curriculum I was using literally spent 20 lessons in Joseph and we were learning new things from his story in each lesson. After all that, you'd think I would have learned it all, but just the other day, I was reading it again and learned yet another lesson. This is the magic of the Bible. We will never be done learning from it.

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  23. Julia P - I love the story of Esther.

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  24. Tara R. My favorite story is of Abraham and Isaac

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  25. Our favorite bible story is Joshua and the walls of Jericho. My girls love marching around the wall (the coffee table) playing their trumpets (paper towel rolls). Angela F.

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  26. Heather L. My 2yo son is OBSESSED with the story of Noah. He asks us to tell it to him every night. :) He likes to extend it a little bit by naming aaaaalll of the animals twice. lol

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  27. hrlmercygirl subscribed to the blog! :)

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  28. Nicole C - Favorite study is hard to choose, but in studying the life of Moses (Exodus) this year I have come to relate to the Isrealites learning the same lessons over & over again - I am not the only one!

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  29. Katie O. My favorite story is the tower of Babel. My son's favorite is Jonah and the whale!

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  30. Amy B
    My favorite story has always been of Jacob and Esau

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  31. Denise D. Favorite bible story is too hard to choose there are so many

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