By Laura Sassi / ZonderKidz
Discover Noah’s Ark in a whole new way with this laugh out loud bedtime story! This retelling of the beloved Bible story shows what happens when all of the animals board the ship and the great storm hits—they all run scared to Noah’s bed! Perfect for bedtime, each page will have kids and adults alike howling with laughter at the chaos that ensues, followed by the peaceful calm they gain from Noah’s tender love.
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Goodnight, Ark is a children’s book written in a rhyming style, which stated to be for age groups 4-8 years of age. I found the book to be also for the age groups below the age of 4 years of age. The book tells the events of what happened after the animals had boarded the ark and the rainstorm started, with lightning, thunder, and rain all around the ark. The animals on the ark become frightened as soon as the rain starts. More and more animals are drawn to the bed of Noah during the storm.
Goodnight, Ark was not exactly what I expected, as far as the story content. I was expecting more of a story line rather than a lot of rhyming words depicting all sorts of different sounds (at least the sounds were the thing that stood out most to me while reading the book).
I did enjoy how most pages end with a beginning of a sentence that continues on to another page. Often times these leads to promoting the page to be turned in order to discover the rest of the sentence. Goodnight, Ark would make a good night time story book, especially when animatedly read to young children. The words are easy enough to be understood and good for reading practice for young children learning to read. In addition to the word and story content, the illustration art is excellent. The illustrations display lots of color, emotion, and action.
As far as a spiritual message, I did not see one. The only spiritual message which I recognized was the animals being put on the ark before the storm arrives. The story events themselves are purely fictional, providing entertainment to young children. Rather than being connected biblically, I found the story to connect to the behavior of young children becoming afraid during a storm and running into their parent’s bed for safety and comfort.
I recommend this story as an entertaining story for young children. Although, I do not recommend it for a Biblical story, as it does not hold a lot of biblical content or factual reference.