Review: Noah and the Might Ark

Surprise! I’m back with another children’s book review! I’m excited for the opportunity to build Bug’s library with books in exchange for my thoughts on them. Obviously, these don’t take me quite as long to read or write than my adult book reviews, so please don’t hate me for their frequency! Now, onto the review . . .

Noah and the Mighty Ark by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a poetic account of the story of Noah and the ark from Genesis 6. I gasped when I opened the front cover because I immediately fell in love with the illustrations. They are superb! The rhyme is beautiful as well, as the story goes through how Noah built the ark, brought the animals on board {a very fun part of the story with the slithering and hopping}, endured the rain and flooding, then landed on Ararat and sent the animals off into the world to multiply.

I have to say that this is a very cute and fun rendition of the Noah story, focusing primarily on the gathering of the animals. Which, don’t get me wrong, is great.

Noah

But, when I received this book in the mail, I had been eagerly anticipating it and immediately pulled it out and read it aloud to Jeremy. We both agree that we like the rhyme and pictures, but we were a little disappointed at the lack of . . . substance in the story.

The story of Noah is a critical part of God’s story in the Bible. It starts with sin, which is really important in God’s storyline. Sin is what drives us to need a Redeemer, which is why Jesus came, to sacrifice Himself in our stead so that we could receive the free gift of salvation. Yet, this book had no mention of sin whatsoever. In fact, we don’t even know the reason that Noah is building an ark except for the fact that God decided to choose a “good man, strong and kind.” But we do not see why that is important in this rendition of the story.

At the end of the story, the rainbow is referred to as God’s promise, but we don’t see why that promise mattered. That promise mattered because it was God’s promise that He was not going to destroy all of humanity, but rather, He was going to send a Savior, someone who would offer an atonement for our sins, so that we would have a way to rebuild our broken relationships with God, which is the entire reason that the flood happened in the first place.

I realize that I may sound somewhat harsh, but I have told you that we are committed to building a quality library for our children, and I think it’s important to evaluate if the Bible stories that we are reading our children are contributing to their understanding of the Gospel and how that is woven throughout the Bible, rather than just constructing an anthology of nice stories in their head.

Now, all of that being said, I think that this book can still be a good teaching tool, but it is up to you as the parent to bring out the Gospel in this story. So, what are some questions you can explore with your child to see Jesus in the story of Noah?

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think God wanted to send the flood? What was happening in the world? {Genesis 6:11-13 will help with this!}
  2. Noah was a “good man, strong and kind.” What do you think this means? Why did God choose Noah to build the ark? {Genesis 6:9-10 will help with this!}
  3. Do you think that you are a “good boy/girl, strong and kind?” Why or why not?
  4. Why did God want to save all of the animals?
  5. What do you think it felt like to be on the ark for so long? How would you feel?
  6. How did the animals and Noah and his family get off of the ark?
  7. God put a rainbow in the sky for a promise. What was He promising? {Genesis 9:8-17 will help with this!}
  8. Why do you think God made this promise? How did God keep His promise?
  9. Noah saved his family and the animals from the flood. Can you think of other stories in the Bible where God used a man to save others?

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I received this book for free for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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