Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Patch on the Peak of Ararat Review

 A Patch on the Peak of Ararat is a children's book by Gary Bower. Now, right off on the cover, you can tell that the ark in this book isn't the "bathtub" type of ark that most children's books portray. You know the ones. The cute little boat with Noah standing on the deck, and the giraffe's heads sticking out the top. That type of ark makes it very difficult to believe the account of Noah's Ark as truth. But this book has a nice, big ark with no animals sticking out of it. Safety and whatnot. :)

Anyways, this book, of course, rhymes (as most children's books do). But this book is reminiscent of "The House That Jack Built" in that each new phrase builds on the last. And each phrase is repeated after each new one is introduced. Which is fun for kids.

The illustrations by Barbara Chotiner are fun, too. My son, 7, that I read this book to said he loved the pictures.

I like that the book contains God's promise to never flood the earth again, but it never mentioned that God flooded it in the first place. Or why. The only time God is mentioned is when Noah followed his "carpentry plan" (lol!), and the promise of no more global flood.

However, it does tell you at the end of the book where you can read the whole flood account (calls it a "story" which I do not like) in the bible. So this is a nice way to introduce what happened in sort of an overview manner, then you can choose to go in depth in the bible.

It may sound like a lot of complaining, but I'm particular about my biblical children's books. This is actually a super cute book that tells about the account of the flood from the bible. While it's not particularly informative, it's catchy, fun, and it's a great way to begin (or end) a discussion about the how and why of the global flood.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.