Naamah and the Ark at Night

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Candlewick Press, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
22 Reviews
As Noah’s wife sings the animals to sleep, an age-old tale is told afresh in a soothing poetic form brought to life with beautiful collage illustrations.

Naamah is the wife of Noah, and her name means "great singer." For forty days and forty nights, as the ark tosses on storm-wracked seas, Naamah sings. She sings to the animals, two by two. She sings to her husband, her sons, and their wives. She sings, and they all sleep, finally at peace. Acclaimed author Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s rhythmic, lyrical text pairs with Caldecott Honor winner Holly Meade’s luminous collage for a cozy, tender lullaby, and an ode to the power of song.

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I love the illustrations. - Goodreads
Even my son liked the illustrations. - Goodreads
Holly Meade's illustrations are mesmerizing. - Goodreads
The illustrations are so detailed. - Goodreads
The illustrations are done in water color collage. - Goodreads

Review: Naamah and the Ark at Night

User Review  - Paul Farbman - Goodreads

This is a lullaby about a lullaby that Naamah, the wife of Noah, sings to comfort the animals and people aboard the ark. The form used is a ghazal, an Arabic form that requires each couplet in the ... Read full review

Review: Naamah and the Ark at Night

User Review  - Nancy Kotkin - Goodreads

Written as a lullaby following the poetic form of the ghazal, this picture book, grounded in the Biblical tale of Noah and the ark, tells a fictional story of Noah's wife singing her family and all ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Susan Campbell Bartoletti has written many celebrated books for children, including the Newbery Honor—winning HITLER YOUTH: GROWING UP IN HITLER'S SHADOW. She wrote NAAMAH AND THE ARK AT NIGHT in a strict but exquisite poetic form: the ancient middle-eastern ghazal. Susan Campbell Bartoletti lives in Pennsylvania.

Holly Meade has illustrated many picture books, including David Elliott’s ON THE FARM and IN THE WILD, as well as the Caldecott Honor—winning HUSH! A THAI LULLABY and its follow-up, PEEK! A THAI HIDE-AND-SEEK, both written by Minfong Ho. Holly Meade lives in Maine.

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