HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Noah Depends on God
Author: Lori Long
Illustrator: Alejandro Echavez
Publisher: Mascot Books, 2019
Related website(s): http://www.mascotbooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Long, Lori. Noah Depends on God (published in 2019 by Mascot Books, 620 Herndon Parkway #320, Herndon, VA 20170). Almost everyone knows how Noah built a mighty ark for his family and all the animals to save them from the flood. After the people and beasts are on board and it starts to rain, things seem to be going fine except that the two little dogs on the ark have yappy barks that will not quit, morning and evening, going on and on. It is so annoying. Then one night as he is making his rounds, Noah notices that he doesn’t hear the barking. In fact, the puppies are gone and he can’t seem to find them. Where are they? What has happened to them? And how did their noses get so wet?
The cute, rhyming, folktale-like text by author Lori Long, who was inspired by her love for animals as she wrote this children’s book, tells the Scriptural account of Noah and the ark, but with a twist. Of course, we must be careful not to turn the historical narratives of the Bible into mere fairy stories. But there’s nothing necessarily wrong with allowing children to imagine fictional details that will help make the events more meaningful and thus memorable. With lush, vibrantly full-colored pictures by illustrator Alejandro Echavez, Noah Depends on God will hold the attention of little ones and keep them interested as they learn how dogs came to have wet noses.